Our materials cover speaking, reading, listening, writing, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.
We use online materials created by the market leader – ‘National Geographic’ with Embedded audio and video to make for a smoother learning experience. These materials are modern, engaging, interactive and purpose built for online delivery.
All our courses include live lessons with a highly qualified and experienced teacher of English.
All our courses include live
lessons with a highly qualified
and experienced teacher of English.
You can choose
individual or group courses.
Each lesson lasts for 45 minutes
and is supplemented by a
As much as possible we will try
to tailor your course to suit your needs.
- We send all students a placement test and needs analysis so we can build the right course for them.
- We give all adult students a 30-minute personal induction by Zoom to check their speaking level,
inform them about the course, and answer any questions they might have before they begin.
- We register all our students on our online platform so they can start studying independently.
During the course
- We will provide you with an e-book so you can easily follow the syllabus the teacher creates for you.
- After each class we will set you tasks on your Online Workbook to practice the language more and to prepare you for your next lesson.
- Throughout your course we will assess your English skills so you can follow your progress.
- At the end of your course we will give you a final test to check your level of English.
- We will give you a certificate to show what level you achieved.
- We will send you a personal report to explain your strengths and what you can continue to work on.
Information for Group Leaders & Parents
We know that sending your child abroad to study can be worrying. We want to make sure that we give you all the information you need to know you are making the right decision in sending your child to join us in Bournemouth on our Young Adult / Summer Learning programmes.
We take our responsibilities for children very seriously, we have rigorous policies and procedures in place to make sure your child has the best possible experience in a safe and secure learning environment. If you feel that we have not fully answered your questions, please feel free to contact us.
We ask you to read and understand the following policies on student safety in order to make sure you are happy with your decision and that your child is aware of what is expected of them during their stay in the UK.
We also ask that you read the documents listed and complete theUnder 18 Parental Consent Form and return on email to: [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve put together a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about our Young Learner Centre. Please read the answers below and consult our Student Guide to see if you can find the information you need. If not, please contact our student services team on [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
We have divided the frequently asked questions into the following sections:
What is the size of the Young Learner Centre?
We can have a maximum of 120 young learner students at Bournemouth University
Do most students travel as individuals or in groups?
Most students come as individuals and some will travel with a friend, sibling or relative. This makes for a really sociable summer school and our students are keen to make new friends. We also welcome small groups of up to 20 students who want to travel together but once they arrive at the school they are integrated like everyone else.
What are the details of the excursions?
Our full day excursions are always on a Wednesday as the places we visit are usually quieter and offer a better visitor experience. Every excursion is different, but they generally involve a tour around a well-known destination and the entrance to an attraction, as well as some free time for shopping. Trips are with the Activity Leaders who give students the chance to practice their English in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Can I arrive a day early?
Provided there’s space in the accommodation, and it’s agreed in advance, for an extra fee students can arrive on the Saturday rather than the Sunday before their course starts.
Where do the students come from?
We usually have in excess of 25 different Nationalities in the school. In 2019 we welcomed students from Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Oman, Russia, Spain, Germany, Austria as well as as many others.
What is the student to staff ratio?
Safety is of paramount importance to us. On average there is 1 member of staff for every 10 students. The maximum ratio of staff to students on campus is 1:10.
Is it possible to attend as a day student and live off campus?
No, we offer students the full package and living on site with other students is all part of the experience.
Is it possible to follow part of the programme? For example, classes only?
No, all students take part in every aspect of the programme, from breakfast until lights out.
Will I be able to use my mobile phone at all times?
You can use your mobile phone in your free time and in your room, until lights out when you should put it away for the night. In class and on activities, your teacher may allow you to use your phone for research or project work, but they may also insist that you put your phone away.
I know what my level of English is. Why do I have to do a level test?
We need to make sure that our students are placed in the most appropriate class for their level. All students are tested as part of their first day induction. We normally do this on the Sunday of arrival in order for students to take part in classes on the first Monday of the programme. We aim to place students in class by age and linguistic level.
Do I have the same teacher throughout my course?
We like to give students a variety of teaching styles. The 3 hours of English classes are communicative and project based where teachers often share classes in order for students to receive varied teaching styles.. Week-by-week, teachers may change or may stay the same, depending on student numbers, levels and feedback.
What do I do if I feel I’m in the wrong level?
You should first discuss this with your teacher, who will advise you on their opinion. If your teacher agrees, she/he will then talk to the Director of Studies and they will do their best to put you in a more appropriate level.
What happens if I sign up to a course with a minimum entry level, but on the initial test it turns out that I don’t have the required level?
As much as possible, we will try to accommodate students in this situation. We would encourage them to try the class they want to attend, but ask their teachers to monitor the level. After the first couple of days, we would have a meeting to decide whether the student should be moved or remain in the same class.
Do I receive a leaving certificate and a report?
Yes. You receive a leaving certificate and attainment report highlighting your achievements
Does the leaving certificate have my level on it?
Yes, it will include your level and details of all the courses you’ve taken.
How many students are there in my class?
Our maximum class sizes are fifteen but your class may well be smaller than that.
How far is the accommodation from the rest of the facilities?
Dining room – less than 1 minute walk
Classrooms – less than 1 minute walk
Common Room – less than 1 minute walk
Sports Hall – less than 1 minute walk
How is the accommodation allocated?
Our summer residential accommodation comprises of houses with each house containing 5-7 private, individual bedrooms. Students will be placed with students of the same gender, similar age, and a different nationality where possible. It is very important to us that you are practising your English at all times so you we try to place you with a student who doesn’t speak the same language as you.
How far are the showers and toilets from the rooms?
Each house contains showers
How many students will share one bathroom?
This varies but on average it will be 2/3 students to 1 bathroom.
Are there sinks in the bedrooms?
All rooms have a wash basin.
What furniture do the bedrooms have?
Each student will have a single bed with a pillow and duvet. There is also a wardrobe, set of drawers and access to a desk and chair for every student.
How often is the bed linen changed?
Once a week
Are towels provided?
No, students must bring their own towels and toiletries
How does the laundry service work?
Students have access to a laundry room where they can wash and dry their clothes if needed. (Extra fees apply)
Will my room be cleaned?
All rooms and communal spaces are cleaned weekly. Student bed linen is cleaned and replaced weekly.
Is there Wi-Fi in the accommodation? How is it controlled?
Students will have 24-hour access to free Wi-Fi for the duration of their stay and the signal is strong throughout the entire campus. There are firewalls in place to ensure that students cannot access inappropriate content.
What can students do during their down time?
This is free time for students so they can use it to relax, mix with other students, watch television, play computer games or have an evening snack. Students also use this time to shower.
All groups are advised to use our return airport transfer. All individual students will be required to use our private hire transfer to and from their chosen airport on arrival and departure. (Extra fees apply)
Booking your course
How do I apply?
Does Capital School of English offer visa support?
Yes, we can provide an invitation letter for all students that require a visa to study in the UK. You will receive detailed guidelines at the time of booking.
What are the terms and conditions?
Please refer to our full terms and conditions.