General English, Bournemouth & Poole College

EFL General 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: 15 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 for up to 6 months study
  • Short-term study visa for up to 11 months study
  • Student Route visa for longer
  • 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 Level 3 programmes or Higher Education

Group bookings available on request.

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


I have enjoyed my time here at Bournemouth & Poole College a lot. There are so many friendly and enthusiastic teachers who are willing to help you study English. I have been able to improve my English thanks to these teachers.

In addition to that, all the staff are very supportive. They helped me with all the administrative work so I could focus solely on studying. Thank you all.

Student from South Korea

I am an engineer graduated from The University of La Sabana, Colombia. The last two years I was working as an environmental teacher and doing a volunteering job. I came to the UK because I wanted to level up my English and have an international experience in an incredible country as England is.

After finishing my English course I am planning to go back to Colombia and work with environmental projects which get involved with vulnerable communities and shanty areas. My aim is to create a change of culture and generate development within the society.

I want to work with non-governmental organizations, or National organizations which realize social projects. The English course that I took at The College provided me with the skills to manage English speaking and succeed with it. My time at The College was very enjoyable and the teachers helped me a lot.

Living in Bournemouth was an incredible time, it is pretty good because almost everything is close, it has a nice beach, people are polite and friendly and the city has a lovely student atmosphere.

The College offered support in my aims, as I had the chance of sharing the project in which I am working ‘Litre of Light’ and we made a fundraising event linking with the student community in Bournemouth.

Alejandro Clavijo Pachon, from Colombia