40+ Courses

Although we frequently welcome mature students to BEET, we realise that they sometimes prefer to spend some of their free time with students of a similar age, so we’ve come up with the perfect solution!

We’ve organised a fantastic social programme, comprising 2 afternoon activities per week, an exciting, boutique Sunday excursion, and 2 optional evenings out; we are determined for you to make the very most of your time here!

Purpose

Our 40+ courses are designed to:

  • Improve your English in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Offer an interesting programme of visits and experiences
  • Meet and make new friends from around the world

Lessons

Lessons will be integrated with students of all ages from all over the world. You will take a test on your first day so we are able to place you in the best possible class for you.

  • Levels are elementary to proficiency
  • Maximum class size is 14 students
  • Minimum age is 16, with no upper age limit
  • Lessons will be with students from all over the world

After lessons, you will join the 40+ participants for the rest of the day.

Free Extra Lessons

If you want to have some free extra lessons, you can join a teaching practice class in the afternoon. These classes are taught by our trainee teachers, who are studying for a Cambridge University qualification. You will need to register your name each day in Reception for these classes, but you have priority over other students. Available only when training courses are operating. Max class size: 15

More Options

Many of our students at the main school are over forty, saying they prefer to be with younger people. If you wish to do this, our new 40+ course is set to launch this coming August, please see our published courses. So far, our oldest student was 84 years old!

Sample Timetable

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
0900-1030Welcome and level test

School tour
Techniques of discussionSimple vs continuous tensesPast tensesVocabulary extension
1100-1230Getting to know the other course participants

Introduction to Bournemouth
The New Forest, past and presentComparisonsGrammar ReviewThemed discussionFull-day excursion to London with other BEET students (optional)Excursion to Portsmouth: visit the iconic Spinnaker Tower, the fascinating Mary Rose Museum & finish off with a visit to Gunwharf Quays, a designer shopping outlet!
1400+Tour of BournemouthExplore the delights of the New ForestFree afternoonDiscover the wonders of Bournemouth and its glorious seafront, ice creams included!Free afternoon
1945+Fish & Chips at Harry Ramsden's (optional)Pub evening with live music (optional )

Social Programme

After morning lessons, there are two guided afternoon trips to places of interest for you to experience the South of England at its best, you’ll also be able to sample a traditional cream tea, or perhaps fish and chips or even both! There are also free afternoons to arrange your own visits for shopping, sightseeing or just to take it easy!

Sunday Social Programme

These are organised exclusively for our 40+ programme. There will be several excursions available including trips to the Jurassic Coast, Swanage, Winchester, Portsmouth, the New Forest and more! If you’re just as happy to spend time with the younger adult students at BEET, separate Saturday excursions are organised weekly which you’re also welcome to join.

Evening Options

We arrange one evening per course at a famous Fish & Chip restaurant. There are also optional film/theatre nights at extra cost, accompanied by a member of staff.

For the more adventurous, the main school has a full evening programme of lectures on British culture, films, quizzes etc. Everyone is welcome to join, whatever your age.

Bournemouth Air Festival

This is the largest free festival of its kind in Europe and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world! To make the very most of the event, we’ve organised an exclusive afternoon at one of Bournemouth’s finest hotels. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the day from the sun terrace where you’ll also be served a luxurious lunch al fresco – you will also benefit from the best views in town!

DatesNumber of WeeksPrice per Course
19 August 20192£840
26 August 20192£840
2 September 20192£840

Accommodation

You can choose to stay in regular or executive homestay near the centre (see published prices). There is also a wide range of hotels in Bournemouth, and special rates are available at some. Accommodation is also available in guest houses (bed and breakfast) near the centre.