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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 Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh is one of the top destinations our students liked most

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-minute walk from the main shopping area of Princes Street with great bus links.

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

Accreditations and Quality seals

BACBritish councilEnglish UKTier4Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalEducation 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

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 PC workstations:

14

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled toilet

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

Average number of levels

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

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

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

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

Edinburgh Airport:
58 £ pick up
116 £ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2019 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2019, 25.Dec.2019, 26.Dec.2019.

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 524 498 868 825 1302 1237 1616 1536 2020 1919 2424 2303 2828 2687 2992 2843 3740 3553 4188 3979 349 332
Price in US$ 643 1065 1597 1982 2477 2972 3468 3669 4586 5135 428
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ 410 390 640 608 960 912 1260 1197 1575 1497 1890 1796 2205 2095 2440 2318 3050 2898 3540 3363 295 281
Price in US$ 503 785 1177 1545 1931 2318 2704 2992 3740 4341 362
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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, the experienced teachers also adapt your classes to suit your individual learning style.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ 958 911 1736 1650 2604 2474 3352 3185 4190 3981 5028 4777 5866 5573 -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 1175 2129 3193 4110 5137 6165 7192 -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ 1392 1323 2604 2474 3906 3711 5088 4834 6360 6042 7632 7251 8904 8459 -- -- -- --
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Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ 1826 1735 3472 3299 5208 4948 6824 6483 8530 8104 10236 9725 11942 11345 -- -- -- --
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Starting dates
Every Monday .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ 871 828 1562 1484 2343 2226 3004 2854 3755 3568 4506 4281 5257 4995 5768 5480 7210 6850 8352 7935 696 662
Price in US$ 1068 1915 2873 3683 4604 5525 6446 7072 8840 10240 854
The 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
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 1305 1240 2430 2309 3645 3463 4740 4503 5925 5629 7110 6755 8295 7881 9240 8778 11550 10973 13560 12882 1130 1074
Price in US$ 1600 2980 4469 5812 7264 8717 10170 11329 14161 16625 1386
The 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
6 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- 2569 2441 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- 3150 -- -- -- -- --
Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes. Exam fee included in the price.
Starting dates
2019: 04.Feb.2019, 29.Apr.2019, 21.Oct.2019.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Exam fee
145 £
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Price in £ -- -- -- 1761 1673 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 2159 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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. Exam fee included in the price.
Starting dates
2019: 01.Jul.2019, 29.Jul.2019.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Exam fee
145 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- 2574 2446 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- 3156 -- -- -- -- --
Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Exam fees are included.
Starting dates
2019: 04.Feb.2019, 29.Apr.2019, 21.Oct.2019.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
Exam fee
150 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- 1766 1678 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 2166 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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. Exam fee included in the price.
Starting dates
2019: 24.Jun.2019, 29.Jul.2019.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Advanced (C1) or higher
Exam fee
150 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 524 498 868 825 1302 1237 1616 1536 2020 1919 2424 2303 2828 2687 2992 2843 3740 3553 4188 3979 349 332
Price in US$ 643 1065 1597 1982 2477 2972 3468 3669 4586 5135 428
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
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:30
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:45
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Basil Paterson, Edinburgh can be reserved 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 classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved 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.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 345 690 1035 1380 1725 2070 2415 2760 3450 4140 345
Price in US$ 446 891 1336 1781 2227 2672 3117 3562 4453 5343 446
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
26 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, Breakfast & 1 meal, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 225 450 675 900 1125 1350 1575 1800 2250 2700 225
Price in US$ 291 581 872 1162 1452 1743 2033 2323 2904 3485 291
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
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, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 333 666 999 1332 1665 1998 2331 2664 3330 3996 333
Price in US$ 430 860 1290 1719 2149 2579 3009 3438 4298 5157 430
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 329 658 987 1316 1645 1974 2303 2632 3290 3948 329
Price in US$ 425 850 1274 1699 2123 2548 2973 3397 4246 5095 425
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 314 628 942 1256 1570 1884 2198 2512 3140 3768 314
Price in US$ 406 811 1216 1621 2027 2432 2837 3242 4053 4863 406
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport
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: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 210 420 630 840 1050 1260 1470 1680 2100 2520 210
Price in US$ 272 543 814 1085 1356 1627 1898 2169 2711 3253 272
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 206 412 618 824 1030 1236 1442 1648 2060 2472 206
Price in US$ 266 532 798 1064 1330 1596 1861 2127 2659 3191 266
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 190 380 570 760 950 1140 1330 1520 1900 2280 190
Price in US$ 246 491 736 981 1226 1472 1717 1962 2452 2943 246
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Basil Paterson does not accommodate two students of the same mother tongue in the same home unless requested to do so.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing 
Golf 
Music 
Skiing 
Squash 
Tennis 
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

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
4.3/5.0 
Value for money
3.6/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.4/5.0 
Other
4.2/5.0 
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
Meeting people from different nations of the world
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
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
4.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Executive Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Meeting people from different countries and sharing the same course.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Other comments: A very pleasant way to learn English

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