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Kings Bournemouth
College and city

The campuses

Kings Bournemouth consists of two campuses - Braidley Road at only 5-10 minutes from the town centre and beach and a new annexe, opened in July 2014, at St Peters Quarter in the heart of Bournemouth town centre.

The Braidley Road campus is the main teaching and administration centre. It consists of two impressive buildings, located in an affluent residential area and surrounded by gardens with lawns and patios for relaxing outside.

The St Peters Quarter annexe has been entirely refurbished to provide an ultra-contemporary loft feel, compete with exposed brickwork, steel columns and ceiling.

Accommodation

In Bournemouth you can choose to stay in one of our comfortable student residences, or to live with a family within easy reach of the campus.

For full details go to the Kings Bournemouth accommodation page.

Learning and sports facilities

  • Well-equipped, spacious classrooms
  • Well-stocked library
  • Science lab
  • Computer Learning Centre
  • ‘The Hall’ lecture and activity venue
  • Free wireless internet
  • Multi-purpose sports court

Catering facilities

  • Student cafeteria on site serving a wide selection of hot and cold food.
  • Snack bar/coffee shop
  • Outdoor dining area

Activities on campus

We offer facilities for basketball, volleyball, badminton, short tennis and table-tennis. 5-a-side football and indoor games are also available.

The activity hall has a mini-cinema and is used for games, parties, DVDs, art and drama.

We also offer free fitness and aerobics classes with qualified instructor. Come and join in — it's a great way to have fun and get fit at the same time!

Enjoying Bournemouth

Bournemouth has the relaxed and friendly feel of a beach resort, but as a thriving university city you’ll find it has plenty for its large student population . It enjoys a great location, with miles of sandy beaches and easy access to the beautiful New Forest national park.

See how you could be spending your time in Bournemouth in this section of our site.

Eating out

There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in Bournemouth. You can eat out cheaply or can go for a more expensive meal if you feel like it! Food from Asia, China, India, Italy, France, England and many more countries is all widely available.

For information about eating and drinking in Bournemouth, have a look at these websites.

Official Guide to Bournemouth 
Daily Echo
Bournemouth Town
Trip Advisor

Sports

Learn to sail, windsurf, surf or kite-surf

Bournemouth and Poole offer lots of water-sports academies where you can have a go at these high adrenalin sports. Full tuition, equipment and wet-suits are provided. Ask at Reception for further information.

Mountain biking in the New Forest

Catch a train to the New Forest and rent a bike! The New Forest is now a National Park with forest, heathland, pretty streams and lots of quaint villages, thatched cottages, tea-houses and gift shops. The New Forest is famous for its wild ponies but you may also see deer and other wildlife.

Why not pack a picnic, catch the train from Bournemouth to Brockenhurst and then hire a mountain bike at the station to explore the hidden gems of the New Forest!

Local gyms and swimming pools

Fitness First
Littledown Sports Centre
Stokewood
Fitspace

Entertainment

Apart from the famous beach, there is so much to do in and around Bournemouth. Here are a few ideas about how you might keep busy and entertained in your free time.

Bournemouth Balloon

The Bournemouth Balloon is a Giant helium balloon in Bournemouth Central Gardens offering fantastic views of Bournemouth and the surrounding area – you can see for miles!

Tower Park

Tower Park has something for all ages: a 10-screen cinema; bowling; restaurants and Splashdown Water Park – lots of water slides and great fun!

Yellow Bus number 6 runs from Bournemouth Square to Sherborne Crescent.

Cinemas

The ABC and the Odeon cinemas are both situated on Westover Road and offer all the latest releases. The Regent Cinema in Christchurch and the Lighthouse in Poole offer a choice of classic and arty films.

Oceanarium

The Oceanarium at Pier Approach Bournemouth brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe – including a walk-through shark tunnel and animated dive cage.

There are also hundreds of great places to visit just a short bus-ride away including:

Poole

Poole is world-renowned for its award-winning beaches and beautiful harbour. Poole Harbour is one of the best places in the UK for sailing, kite surfing, windsurfing and wake-boarding! Old Town Poole dates back to the Middle Ages and at one time was a favourite haunt of smugglers and pirates!

It’s easy to get to Poole: The train from Bournemouth only takes 10 minutes. There are buses from Bournemouth Town Centre to Poole: M1, M2, 1A,1C.

You can also take a boat trip on the Dorset Belle from Bournemouth Pier to Poole Quay.

For more information about Poole, have a look at the official Poole website.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is a beautiful island in Poole Harbour. The Island is a wild-life and bird reserve and is famous for its rare red squirrels and wild peacocks. There are regular ferries during the summer from Poole Quay or Bournemouth Pier.

Sandbanks Beach

With soft golden sands, a cool atmosphere and great swimming, Sandbanks Beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches on the South Coast. Sandbanks hosts regular sports events including beach polo, beach volleyball championships and the annual Windfest festival with World-class water-sports events.

Swanage

Swanage is a bustling seaside town with a pretty Blue Flag beach, some nice gift shops and great fish and chips! The informative Heritage Centre provides three heritage walks to help you discover the history of Swanage.

Step back in time with the traditional steam railway from Swanage to Corfe – a great way to see the lovely Dorset countryside. Swanage is a gateway town to Dorset’s Jurassic coast and the starting place of some amazing coastal walks (from Durlston Head Country Park).

Transport

Getting around in Bournemouth is quick and easy. The College is within easy walking distance of the town centre and beach so most of the time you'll be getting around on foot.

For the times you want to venture further, here are some useful websites which give you all the travel information you need.

Buses
Yellow Buses
Wilts and Dorset

Trains
South West trains
National rail

Air
Bournemouth airport

Taxis
You should always use a licensed taxi. There are around 250 licensed taxis in Bournemouth. They are usually painted yellow. There are also 350 licensed private hire vehicles available 24 hours a day.

Taxi ranks are situated across Bournemouth Town Centre and at the Travel Interchange, outside the railway station and airport.

Student Services can give you the numbers of reliable licensed taxis.

Medical care

When you arrive at Kings Bournemouth, you should register with a local doctor, especially if you are studying for a long time. We can help you do this.

Here is a map showing some of the doctors surgeries near the college. The link will take you to the NHS Choices website.

If you feel ill at any time during your stay at Kings Bournemouth, you should first tell a member of staff or your host family. We will be able to help you to see your doctor if needed.

Above all, you should make sure you have full Kings medical insurance during your time in the UK.

Key dates

Please find below details about public holidays for all students and term dates for academic students.

Public holidays for all students

In 2014 the College will be closed on the following dates:

Friday 18th April (Good Friday)
Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)
Monday 5th May (Early May Bank Holiday)
Monday 26th May (Spring Bank Holiday)
Monday 25th August (Summer Bank Holiday)
Thursday 25th December (Christmas)
Friday 26th December (Boxing Day)

Term dates for academic programmes

The following dates are for students enrolled on academic programmes at Kings Bournemouth.

2013-14

Autumn term: 16/09/2013 to 13/12/2013 (13 weeks)
Christmas holiday: 14/12/2013 to 05/01/2014
Spring term: 06/01/2014 to 21/03/2014 (11 weeks). In the week beginning 17th March, internal exams for all academic students.
Spring holiday: 22/03/2014 to 06/04/2014
Summer term: 07/04/2014 to 13/06/2014 (10 weeks)
Easter holiday: 18/04/2014 to 21/04/2014
Summer long weekend: 14/06/2014 to 17/06/2014
Midsummer term: 18/06/2014 to 01/08/2014 (7 weeks)
Holiday: 02/08/2014 to 14/09/2014 (6 weeks)

For term dates for 2014-15 please go to our Academic term dates page.

Address and contact details

Mailing address

Kings Bournemouth
58 Braidley Road
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH2 6LD
England

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0) 1202 293535
Fax: +44 (0) 1202 293922
Email: bournemouth@kingscolleges.com

Kings Bournemouth on Facebook

To get in touch in an informal way, follow us on Facebook, meet some of our current students and get a taste of life at the college:

Kings Bournemouth on Facebook

Teacher numbers and qualifications

Kings Bournemouth employs approximately 40 teachers.

For academic subject teachers we expect a minimum qualification of a first degree, although the majority of our teachers hold a PGCE qualification and/or Masters degree. 

For English language teachers, we expect a minimum qualification of CTEFLA (or a PGCE plus first degree), although the majority of our teachers hold a Diploma qualification or Masters degree.

A list of qualifications for all staff at Kings Bournemouth is available from the College on request.

Please contact us for details. 

Student results

For more information about our student results in GCSEs and A-levels, go to the Results page.