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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland

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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.

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

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED 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:
64 £ pick up
128 £ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020, 26 Dec. 2020.

Reviews

4.3/5.0

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.9/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0/5.0 
Other

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0/5.0 
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
I appreciated the teaching methods and the fact that after the lessons you can participate in activities knowing even more people and the English
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Executive Homestay (en-suite).
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: A journey in which you have to commit yourself by giving your best and trying to improve the English ... you work a lot but much better in this way
The teachers are professional and thoughtful.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
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: The school has a good methodology to improve your English. Edinburgh is an amazing and safe city.
Other comments: Basil Paterson is a seriously good college, in a very central location. I really recommend this school.

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    FAQ about Basil Paterson, Edinburgh

  • English courses at Basil Paterson start at 416 £ for General English Part time course with 15 lessons per week. When booking here you get the guaranteed best price.
  • The accommodation Executive Homestay (en-suite). is the most popular among all our clients of Basil Paterson
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Edinburgh Airport (64 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Basil Paterson varies from 1 students (One-to-One English (10)) to 12 students (General English Full Time)
  • 100% of teachers at Basil Paterson hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Basil Paterson comes from Italy with a 17% representation, followed by students from France (14%) and Spain (12%).
  • Basil Paterson offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 28 for the rest of the year.

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