A popular place
to study English
Love sandy beaches? Then you’ll love Westbourne Academy Bournemouth’s beautiful seaside location, near the picturesque shopping centre of Westbourne. In this safe and friendly part of Bournemouth, you will find banks, a post office, traditional English pubs, international restaurants, and great shopping facilities. The beach is 10 minutes’ walk and Bournemouth town centre is 5 minutes away by bus. The historic town of Poole is only 20 minutes away by bus. Bournemouth and Poole are international holiday resorts where you can find many exciting attractions. Bournemouth is also a lively university town with over 30,000 students. It is the most popular place to study English in the UK, after London, and also home to many bars and clubs if you like to party!
Information on Bournemouth and the surrounding area, events, attractions and more.
Local and events information for Poole.
A Local Taxi Company
Tel: 01202 747333
Information on local buses. Bus passes can be purchased at the school.
Wilts & Dorset Bus Company
Information on local buses. Bus passes can be purchased at the school.
Coach company with services across the UK, including all major airports.
Information and booking service for UK trains.
Bournemouth and Poole Beaches
Our beaches, including Alum Chine beach (the closest to our school), have won awards for water quality, environmental management and safety.
Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
A beautiful Victorian house with a private art collection and museum.
Poole’s spectacular natural harbour, Brownsea Island and the famous Jurassic coastline from the comfort of a chartered cruise.
The Lighthouse Theatre, Poole
The largest multi-space venue in the UK outside London with a very wide variety of events and performances.
Discover life beneath the waves at the Oceanarium on Bournemouth Seafront.
Discover Dorset Tours
Join Discover Dorset Tours to explore the England! You can book local trips such as Jurassic Coat and Stonehenge.
Fireworks events take place throughout the summer on Poole Quay and Bournemouth Seafront.
Large leisure complex with cinemas, a water park, bowling, bingo and many restaurants.
Watch our local team, the Poole Pirates, at the Speedway track in central Poole.
One of the most important ornamental gardens in England.
Bh2 has 13 world-class restaurants, a state-of-the-art 10 screen multiplex cinema and 175 car parking spaces. Make it your destination for leisure!
Hop aboard a Brownsea bird boat and tour the harbour followed by a special landing on Brownsea and witness one of the greatest bird spectacles in the UK.
We understand that it can take time to get used to a new country. Here is some useful information on life in the UK:
Banks open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30 pm. All the major banks can be found in Westbourne. If you wish to open a bank account, please speak to a member of staff at Reception.
“Please” and “thank you” are very important in the UK. Be sure to use them, even when getting off the bus!
There is a bookshop in Westbourne, on Poole Road, where you can buy English dictionaries.
Bureau Du Change
Money can be changed in most banks and the post office.
There is a doctor’s surgery in Westbourne or you can ask your homestay provider for the name of their doctor’s (or GP). Click this link for more information on medical care available for students. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/getting-medical-care-as-a-student
Food and Drink
British food and drink may be very different to the food and drink from your country, but it’s probably better than you think! Try everything and have an open mind!
Buses run regularly from Westbourne to Parkstone, Poole and Bournemouth. If you wish to take the bus to school, please ask for County Gates bus stop. Current prices are available and bus passes can be bought from the reception in Westbourne Academy.
Unlimited Travel Bus Passes (Zones A&B MoreBuses):
7 day – £16.50
14 day – £32.00
21 day – £44.00
28 day – £56.50
Pubs are generally open from 11.00 – 24.00. Please remember that you must be 18 or over to buy or drink alcohol and to buy cigarettes.
In the UK it’s very important to be on time. Remember to leave lots of extra time when taking buses in case of traffic, and don’t be late for your classes!
Most shops are open from 9.00 – 17.30, Monday to Saturday. Post Office: The main post office is in Westbourne and is open from 9.00 – 17.00 on Monday to Friday and 9.00 – 12.00 on Saturday.
Telephones and Internet
We recommend buying a SIM card for your mobile phone during your stay in England. The school can assist with where you can go to buy one. The school and all homestay providers also have free Wifi.
The weather in the UK is very changeable. It’s also not very warm. It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella, warm clothes and a raincoat!
Please be very careful when crossing the road: don’t forget that in England we drive on the left so look right first!
Bournemouth has more than 500 events taking place across the resort every year. For more information, please refer to the Bournemouth Tourism Events page: https://www.bournemouth.co.uk/whats-on/events
31 Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Dorset, BH4 8EN, UK.
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GENERAL ENGLISH AND GOLF
HOURS PER WEEK
Bournemouth – 13 hours and 20 minutes ( 10 lessons )
Bournemouth – Maximum 16, Average 12
For General Main English course we offer classes for Beginner, Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Higher Intermediate and Advanced levels. ( CEFR A1 – C2 )
Students with a beginner level of English can only start at the beginning of each term 2019: 7th January, 4th March, 29th April, 24th June, 2nd September and 28th October
COURSE INFORMATION / LEARNING OBJECTIVE
The General English Course will cover the most important aspects of learning English including vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation which will help you to improve the four main language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. At the end of the course you should be able to communicate in English more confidently in a variety of situations. The following are included in the course fees:
* Intake test and welcome information on your first day
* Friendly, qualified teachers
* Interactive whiteboards in the main classrooms
* Use of coursebooks and free materials
* Modern teaching materials. The students can access free online supplementary learning materials as part of this course
* Regular progress tests to assess your level
* Tutorials with your teachers every 8 weeks to guide your learning
* Talk to the academic managers at any time
* Leaving Certificate at the end of your studies (students attending a course for 4 weeks or more will receive an additional report from their teacher)
* FREE WIFI available throughout the whole school
* FREE use of the self-study facilities (Listening Centre & Reading Centre)
The course content is as follows:
*Five half days English lessons and either two or three sessions of Golf Lessons (1 hour per session + practice)
*Lessons are designed to improve all parts of the golfer’s game and are given by a PGA professional. They consist of tuition and monitored practice. The professional will provide golf clubs and balls for use during lessons and practice.
*Golf lessons can be in groups of two or more or on an individual basis. The students can play rounds of golf once they have an appropriate level of golf or if they hold a handicap certificate.
*Golf lessons include a video swing analysis and a swing machine analysis.
*Please note there is a dress code during the golf lessons which means no jeans or shorts or collarless shirts.
*Parkstone Golf Club has a fully stocked Pro-shop where the professional can advise the golfers on the purchase of golf equipment.
*For further information on Parkstone Golf Club please refer to their website www.parkstonegolfclub.com
Accredited by the British Council