General & Intensive English, Bournemouth & Poole College

EFL General & Intensive English

For personal, professional or academic improvement

Improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is designed to help you improve your overall English language level. The course will help you develop your knowledge and understanding of English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, for personal, professional or academic use.

Start: Any Monday during term time, except for UK Bank Holidays

Venue: On campus or online

Level: Elementary to Advanced

Duration: Flexible, from 2 weeks to 40 weeks

Study hours, General English: 15 hours per week

Study hours, Intensive English: 21 hours per week

Qualification: College Certificate of completion

Awarding Body: Bournemouth and Poole College

These programmes are aimed at:

  • Those looking to improve their ability to communicate in English
  • Those preparing to take English Language qualifications, e.g. IELTS
  • Those aiming to reach the required level of English to continue studying at The College, or at a UK university
  • Those needing to improve their English for study or work when they return home

Download the programme leaflet (PDF)

Entry requirements

  • Minimum age 16 years
  • In order to determine the level of class you will start your studies at, we need you to provide proof of English, pass our online English test or complete a short English language placement test when you arrive.

Assessment method

Regular unit and progression tests. Regular homework tasks. The level of English you finish your course at will depend on how long you are studying for, how hard you study and your own personal progression.

Visa requirements

  • Visitor visa up to 6 months
  • Short Study Visa up to 11 months
  • Student Route visa
  • or any other immigration permission to study in the UK.


International students have a choice of internationally recognised General and Academic English examinations. The most popular with our students is IELTS.

On completion of this course you could progress to Intensive English, Level 3 programmes or Higher Education

Benefits of the course

Z Highly qualified teachers
Z Access to study skills that will help you continue to learn outside the classroom
Z Includes formal language, presentation skills, interpersonal skills and work-related topics
Z Integrates oral presentation skills which will help in future jobs and if you go on to study at university
Z Access to high quality learner facilities including study support, a library and sport centre