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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland

What we like about the school

  • Largest examination centre in Scotland.
  • One of the oldest language schools in the UK.
  • Best rated school in Scotland
  • On campus accommodation offered

Basil Paterson

The language school Basil Paterson was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1929. The school is located in a Georgian terrace, only a five-minutes walk from the main shopping area of Princes Street with great bus links.

The school address is: 66 Queen St., EH2 4NA - Edinburgh (Scotland).

Accreditations and Quality seals

Education Scotland

School Size:

Facilities

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled toilet

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

26

Number of public workstations:

14

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 100
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 60

Average age of students

  • in summer: 22 years
  • throughout the year: 28 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 5
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 5

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

Exams offered:

  • IELTS,
  • Cambridge Proficiency,
  • Cambridge Advanced,
  • Cambridge First,
  • CELTA

Average examination results:

70%-80% at IELTS, 98% at Cambridge Proficiency, 85% at Cambridge Advanced, 85% at Cambridge First, 95% at CELTA.

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

1
2
2
5
14
3
1
1
17
3
6
6
12
5

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI). It takes 25 minutes by taxi/bus to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 26.Dec.2016 In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 25.Dec.2017, 26.Dec.2017

Courses

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Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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You can choose to focus on specific language development as well as specialized requirements, such as language for career purposes. Offering a flexible tuition programme, our experienced teachers also adapt your classes to suit your individual learning style.
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Every Day .
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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This course is an ideal way of combining your skills and learning how to develop through both group classes and on a one-to-one basis. Your teacher will design each lesson carefully to suit your requirements, and content can vary from fluency practice to legal English.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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This course is an ideal way of combining your skills and learning how to develop through both group classes and on a one-to-one basis. Your teacher will design each lesson carefully to suit your requirements, and content can vary from fluency practice to legal English.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 17:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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With this specially designed course, you can study English with the world’s largest arts festival right on your doorstep!
Starting dates
2016: 01.Aug.2016, 08.Aug.2016, 15.Aug.2016, 22.Aug.2016.
2017: 07.Aug.2017, 14.Aug.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 28.Aug.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 456434 742705 11131058 13841315 17301644 20761973 24222301 27682630 34603287 41523945 346329
You can choose to focus on specific language development as well as specialized requirements, such as language for business purposes.
Starting dates
Every Day .
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Starting dates
2016: 25.Jan.2016, 02.May.2016, 24.Oct.2016.
2017: 30.Jan.2017, 24.Apr.2017, 16.Oct.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
Exam dates
11.Mar.2016, 14.May.2016, 07.Jun.2016, 28.Jul.2016, 18.Aug.2016, 08.Oct.2016, 29.Nov.2016
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This short course is designed for those with a limited amount of time to prepare with techniques and tips provided by experienced Cambridge exam teaching staff.
Starting dates
2016: 04.Jul.2016, 25.Jul.2016.
2017: 03.Jul.2017, 31.Jul.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
Exam dates
28.Jul.2016, 18.Aug.2016
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Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Starting dates
2016: 25.Jan.2016, 02.May.2016, 24.Oct.2016.
2017: 16.Jan.2017, 24.Apr.2017, 16.Oct.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
Exam dates
02.Mar.2016, 12.May.2016, 08.Jun.2016, 21.Jul.2016, 19.Aug.2016, 15.Oct.2016, 30.Nov.2016
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This short course is designed for those with a limited amount of time to prepare with techniques and tips provided by experienced Cambridge exam teaching staff.
Starting dates
2016: 27.Jun.2016, 25.Jul.2016.
2017: 26.Jun.2017, 31.Jul.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Advanced (C1)
Exam dates
21.Jul.2016, 19.Aug.2016
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Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Starting dates
2016: 25.Jan.2016, 02.May.2016, 24.Oct.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Advanced (C1)
Exam dates
05.Mar.2016, 07.May.2016, 09.Jun.2016, 01.Dec.2016
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 742705 11131058 13841315 17301644 20761973 24222301 25682440 32103050 35523375 296282
Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Note: All courses offered by Basil Paterson, Edinburgh can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 74.20 £. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: If you require a special course or combination and cannot see it here, please contact us. The school can provide special courses to suit individual requirements.

Accommodation

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Price per person
Executive Homestay is available at a higher cost, in a single room, either ensuite or with private access to a bathroom on a half board basis and has the same benefits as the above regular home stay. The accommodation is situated either a short bus journey away or even within walking distance subject to availability.
Price extra night:
49 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Half board, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 01.Jan.2016 - 02.Jan.2016
High season
High season supplement per day: 5 £
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Price in £ 187 374 561 748 187
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
31 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
29 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 01.Jan.2016 - 02.Jan.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 35 £
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in £ 240 480 720 960 240
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
During summer months we can offer several different university type residential accommodation for you. These include a single room with ensuite bathroom on a self catering basis. Kitchen facilities are available for use. They are usually very centrally located and you can walk to school. Shared bathroom, bed and breakfast, and half board options are also available.
Price extra night:
40 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on: 28.Aug.2016 - 31.Dec.2016, 01.Jan.2017 - 30.Jun.2017, 01.Sep.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
  • Basil Paterson does not accommodate two students of the same mother tongue in the same home unless requested to do so.
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes
  • Single room: always
  • Optional airport transfer
    Edinburgh Airport: for 55 £ (one way); for 110 £ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Dancing  
Golf  
Music  
Skiing  
Squash  
Tennis  

Reviews

City
4.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.3/5.0 
Facilities
3.9/5.0 
Social activities
3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.2/5.0 
Value for money
3.5/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.4/5.0 
Other
4.1/5.0 
Students liked about Basil Paterson, Edinburgh
The accommodation in the host family and the teachers
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: The classrooms are poor and often very small
Internet connection. The teachers. The building.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0
Additional information
The teachers were very good.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Good atmosphere and friendliness
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Executive Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Small classes, very competent teacher
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Museums with free admission, Arthur's Seat, day trip to Glasgow
Other comments: totally recommendable

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