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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland

66 Queen St. - EH2 4NA Edinburgh - see on map

Location: Basil Paterson is an English language school located in the culturally rich capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh. The school is housed close to the city centre, surrounded by amenities, supermarkets, museums, parks and several of the city's main attractions. Attractions and sites of interest within walking distance of the school include the George st., Princes St., Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish National Portrait Museum, the Scottish National Gallery and Princes Street Gardens. There are many eateries, restaurants and pubs nearby.

Course selection: Basil Paterson Edinburgh provides General English programmes suitable to students of all levels, available over various schedules and intensities and taught in groups. The school also provides Exam Preparation (FCE, CAE, IELTS), one-to-one tuition and Business English (one-to-one).
  • The language school Basil Paterson was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1929.
  • Legal name / parent company: OISE Limited
  • Tax registration ID: GB792403230
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

English Courses

General Language
Private
Business
Exam Preparation
Information for all courses offered by Basil Paterson
Lesson duration
60 minutes
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via email.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2022, 01 Feb. 2022, 01 Mar. 2022, 01 Apr. 2022, 05 Feb. 2022, 06 Feb. 2022, 03 Mar. 2022, 08 Jan. 2022.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

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

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Basil Paterson

Accreditations and Quality seals
BACBritish councilEnglish UKPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalEducation Scotland
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)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 8:15
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Basil Paterson and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoMaestro - logoTravellers Check - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school 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 islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

    • Prayer room available during lunch breaks.
  • 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

    • Accessible Toilet

Additional comment about facilities of school

* Coffee/tea and cold drinks

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:100
Throughout the year: 60
Minimum age of students
16 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 5
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 22 years
Throughout the year: 28 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Edinburgh Airport:
64 £ one way
128 £ return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Documentation regarding purpose of visit must be shown at the border in order to enter the country. For Study purposes: letter of enrolment from school, accommodation arrangements and proof of payments to the relevant institutions.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Reviews

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Rating: 4.3/5.0

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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh
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What students liked about Basil Paterson, Edinburgh
The ability to let you feel like at "home". I arrived there completely alone and after a couple of days, I met a lot of people that became my friends with whom I still keep in touch. This is thanks to the amazing social activities of Fran. It was really amazing experience!
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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
Teachers were very motivated, so that the students also had fun while learning. And there were a lot of oportunities for conversation
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: There are many Italians .. even in the same class .. the school ensures the presence of only one student per nationality in accommodation only...
Meeting people from different countries and sharing the same course.
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Other comments: A very pleasant way to learn English

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    FAQ about Basil Paterson, Edinburgh

  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Edinburgh Airport (64 £)
  • 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 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 28 for the rest of the year.

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