English Language tuition, The Bournemouth and Poole College

Welcome to The Bournemouth and Poole College

A recognised centre of excellence
for learning, teaching and student support

Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive Officer

Phil Sayles, Principal & Chief Executive

I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome international students to our fantastic College and to thank you for your interest in taking your next step in your education with us.

You might be wondering exactly what it is that makes studying at The Bournemouth and Poole College such an exciting experience. The answer isn’t just our excellent facilities, our wide range of courses, our incredible team of tutors or our high expectations and results. In fact, it’s much more than that. What makes us exciting is you – our students.

Our International Team work hard to ensure that our students succeed. Whether you’re aspiring to get into a top University or land the career of your dreams, you’ll be studying with like-minded individuals all with their own aspirations. Whatever your goal, The Bournemouth and Poole College is the perfect college to get you there.

A world of choice & opportunity

Students from over 40 countries

Enjoy our friendly, cosmopolitan study environment

A wide range of programmes

The Bournemouth and Poole College is a large government institution offering a wide variety of Further Education and Higher Education programmes. Each year around 200 overseas students from many different backgrounds and countries choose to study with us.

As one of the largest state funded Further Education colleges in the UK, we provide you with excellent facilities and teaching teams and offer a wide range of professional and technical courses which provide entry to university, membership of internationally recognised professional organisations and preparation for the world of work.

Lifestyle and choice

The Bournemouth and Poole College educates around 20,000 students each year, including International students from across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Pacific Rim.

The local area is a very popular choice of destination for International students and offers an excellent lifestyle; when you study with us you are guaranteed a valuable and memorable experience.

Whether you are preparing for university, developing your professional or technical skills or studying languages, you will receive a high quality education and qualifications that are recognised by universities and employers around the world.

The best care for International students


From the moment you arrive at the airport, to the day you leave us, you can be assured of the best care and support. The College has been awarded the prestigious Beacon Award for the support of International students.

Providing English Language training and study skills support

The College is one of the UK’s centres of English Language training. You will be taught by leading experts and have access to some of the best learning facilities in the country, including extensive libraries, audio books and support materials. We offer flexible English Language programmes with regular start dates and English Language support while you study on a mainstream course.

Study with UK students

As the largest state college in the region, you will study alongside thousands of UK students. This provides an excellent opportunity to improve your English and learn about British life and culture.

Great Location

The local region, including the towns of Bournemouth and Poole, is a major UK tourist destination and beach holiday resort. The climate is good and there are activities for everyone to enjoy, including excellent shopping, nightlife, restaurants and, of course, the 7 miles of beaches and wide choice of water sports.

There are fast trains to London taking around one hour and forty minutes, and our position in the south of England offers outstanding opportunities for cultural excursions to London, Bath, Oxford and Thorpe Park to name just a few.

Meet some of our International students

Read what they have to say about their time with us 


Teachers of The College are very kind and sophisticated to teach subjects. They always support us until we understand. I could learn the subjects in a very welcome study environment and find I am interested in the study here.

Bournemouth and Poole are very safe but also easy to access to the town centres. Also there are lots of international students in Bournemouth so I could make many international friends. I hope to become a nurse or a teacher and am planning to go to university.

Chie Mizuguchi, from Japan

I loved everything since I started 10 months ago. The teachers have been excellent, welcoming and friendly. The classes were well balanced with lots of opportunities to talk as well as study grammar. Teachers were good listeners and they tailored my course.  My host family has also been really good, they really make me feel like at home. A very supportive host mother and host father. I had a couple of other students in the house who were British so I improved my speaking a lot!

The Bournemouth and Poole College is a very good place to learn English. I chose Bournemouth because I knew I would get a real British experience and also because there is a moderate accent. When I finish I will come back to South Korea continuing in my current job but hoping I will move to an English speaking position so I can use all I have learnt here.

My experience at The Bournemouth and Poole College could not be better.

Danbi Na, from South Korea

I am so grateful for this incredible opportunity that I was given. Study at Bournemouth and Poole College was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I highly believe it will improve a lot my career and professional skills.

Bárbara Oliveira da Silva, from Brazil

I have studied Electronics at Bournemouth and Poole College. There are three main reasons why I chose The College. Firstly, there are well-experienced tutors as electronics specialists. Secondly, it is a very safe area to learn and live. Last but not least, both Bournemouth and Poole have absolutely beautiful beach.

I chose this course because it provides me education of electronics from the fundamentals to their application. As I did not have any background of an engineer it is truly suitable for me. I learned loads of electronics knowledge very good by not only normal lectures also using simulation software and CAD. On the beginning of my course, I could not speak well because education of the UK is quite different from Japan. Nevertheless, I could keep learning with all generous helps from my tutors. In addition, I could use the study support centre in the library to get my assignments checked.

I enjoyed life in Bournemouth and Poole. As The College runs some sports clubs I used to play football. And I would often go running and cycling to the beach. So this area is a wonderful location to do sports.

Furthermore, The College organises several type of events such as school trips. Particularly, I really had fantastic time in the International Student Day event which I could introduce culture of my country to students from other countries.

After this course, I would obtain an engineer occupation and in future I would be an electronics engineer who can be actively involved in international projects. I am really sure my future never be the same as the past.

Last, I would offer my heartfelt thanks for my wonderful tutors, the international staff and friends.

Masakazu Shimomoto, from Japan

I am 22 years old and I am majoring in English and English Literature in Korea. Last term, I decided to go to The Bournemouth and Poole College in England. There are several reasons why I chose this place. First of all, I love Britain’s history, culture and even their attractive accent too! While I was in Korea, I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to learn about British English when I was in school. If you are Korean and say something in a British accent, I think almost everyone would look at you because most Koreans are exposed to American English. However, it doesn’t mean that Korean people hate British accent. Actually, they love it and want to pronounce that way.

Anyway, being in the United Kingdom I am fascinated by its rich and varied history, architecture and beautiful countryside and landscapes, particularly the North part. In addition, the public transportation such as the bus and rail systems are convenient and well-developed. Above everything, I was impressed by British people’s attitude (or manner) to disabled or old people. They are polite and always think about them especially in public places.

Bournemouth is a peaceful and safe place and there is the famous Bournemouth beach! In this College, there are various choices of courses. I think this system is helping students to design and build their future. When I took my first class in here, teachers helped me to getting used to this college system and suggest extra curriculum programmes such as sport activities or seminars. Teachers are attentive and caring about students all the time. Through teachers, you can learn about study skills, rules of writing essay or IELTS as well. Also, you could meet friends from many countries and get to know about another country’s custom and culture. From class, I learned not only language but also England’s culture, literature and even street words! The College arranged some trips for a cheap price and I visited Oxford, Thorpe Park and Devon. Now I feel like I want to know more about the UK and visit here at least one more time. That is my future plan but for now, I’m trying to do my best to figure out what kind of person I really want to be in my future. Hopefully, something related to what I have learned and achieved at The Bournemouth and Poole College.

Nasil Kim, from South Korea

It was a good experience because I learned a different make-up style than in Korea. It was good that the process was more important than the result. The people here were very kind and it was nice to be near the sea. I am hoping to have a career in retail back in Korea.

Sueyon Seo, from South Korea

I am a student of Industrial Engineering in Colombia and am in the last year of my studies. I came here to learn English because it is really important in your life to find a good job. Now I am thinking to make my Masters here in the UK because at the moment I feel good when I try to speak or read English.

The teachers at The College are really nice, they help you in all that you need and your classmates are friendly. Every day I feel that the best place to study in Bournemouth is The College, I feel that I can understand better than when I arrived in the UK, I really feel I am learning well. Bournemouth is a beautiful place, sunny and has a beautiful beach, I really enjoy this town.

Juan Gregorio Cruz Espinel, from Colombia

All teachers were professional and very good at their job because they like teaching. As always they are very patient and never say ‘never’! Because of their positive motivation I can understand how many steps I jumped up. If I have a great IELTS result my plan will be to apply for PhD in my country and the topic will be Human Rights Studies.

Quite frankly I have not any bad memories from the British and other nationalities such as discrimination or any prejudice. Mostly people are open minded and very warm for foreigners. I am sure I will really miss respectful and smiling faces.

Zafer Kurtar, from Turkey

I came to the UK to develop my English Level from conversational to fluent in order to achieve a better position in my work.

Before I can to the UK, I was indecisive because sometimes we are involved in our daily routine instead of taking challenges. Today I am grateful to have had the opportunity to study in the UK and The College has given me many new meaningful experiences. First of all the environment is totally suitable to improve my level of English. The College has created classes with students of many nationalities which is extremely interesting. Furthermore, my teacher is so committed to us, she always encourages me with my homework which is focused on my interest as a student but also on my main career as a Social Communicator.

I just want to say many thanks for giving me so much learning in terms of knowledge, and the splendid life experience. Living in Bournemouth is like living in paradise. The atmosphere is quiet, the beach is amazing and the remarkable thing is that people are always happy to help you. Why wouldn’t everyone enjoy this gorgeous place! Bournemouth is surrounded by many great villages and also near to London. I am totally confident that I can recommend to everyone this study destination. You won’t regret it, ever!

Solanye Martinez Garcia, from Colombia
Theodosios, OET Preparation Course

The private tutoring provided by The Bournemouth and Poole College was exceptional, tailored to my personal needs as it addressed my weaknesses directly and, finally, was of utmost importance for me succeeding in the exams.

I am glad I had the chance to be a student at The College and I would definitely recommend it to anyone going for the OET certification.