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

Diane Grannell, Principal / Chief Executive

On behalf of The Bournemouth and Poole College I would like to extend a warm welcome to International students to our friendly and cosmopolitan study environment.

As a long established provider of International study, you can be assured of high quality provision, excellent facilities and well qualified teaching professionals.

Combining traditional quality standards with innovative teaching and technology, The College offers a wide range of qualifications to prepare students for study at university, or to enter the work place as well-qualified employees.

As a long established provider of International study, you can be assured of high quality provision, excellent facilities and well qualified teaching professionals.

Our dedicated and experienced International team are on hand to ensure your time with us at The Bournemouth and Poole College is both enjoyable and successful, and are able to answer any questions you may have about living and studying within the Bournemouth and Poole area.

The local area is one of natural beauty and culture, with award-winning beaches, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and wonderful New Forest on our doorstep. Our football team, AFC Bournemouth, is in the EFL Championship League so we enjoy welcoming some of the UK’s best football teams to the Dean Court ‘Vitality’ stadium.

This truly is a great place for living, and a great place for learning and we look forward to welcoming you soon to The Bournemouth and Poole College.

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 300 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

map no text 376 x 590pxAs 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 

{All four courses on this programme are challenging, even Pure Maths is not as easy as I thought as I had taken A Level Maths and Further Maths, so they all require us to have high self-discipline. I chose to take Social Psychology, it is an interesting subject which teaches you a lot about building relationships with others and encouraging others in the real life, to be honest, this course really impressed me a lot ... I would say that this programme is such a good choice for many international students who want to go to uni in the UK.
Yang Yang, from China
Studied UoL International Foundation Programme
{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
Studied General English
{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
Studied English Language
{This course has given me a very useful insight into the hospitality industry. It has given me key skills and knowledge such as customer communication, working in a team, costing menus, food safety and many more. I’d like my future to be involved with hospitality particularly working in a bar, in doing so I will get to use the skills I’ve learnt on my course at The Bournemouth and Poole College. Life here in Bournemouth is wonderful because people around here are friendly, welcoming, and there are a lot of career opportunities.
Tsz Lok Wong, from Hong Kong
Studied BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality
{I enjoyed my course because it gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams. I loved spending time studying in the UK because it really helped me understand the culture of the country. I loved living in Bournemouth as everyone was very friendly and I enjoyed meeting new people and understanding their culture. I also had a very good experience staying in my home stay. I am extremely happy with my teachers and the staff in The College. They were always so helpful and supportive. I’d like to thank them for their support during my course. I participated in some international events the college hosted. They were very interesting and helped me meet different students from a variety of countries. I will return to India, after I finish my Diploma in International Cabin Crew, and I aim to apply to international airlines. I want to say a big thank you to everyone!
Nimisha Puthussery Manuel, from India
Studied Air Cabin Crew & Ground Operations Diploma