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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

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

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 PC 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

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 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 25.Dec.2018, 26.Dec.2018

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in £ 510 485 840 798 1260 1197 1560 1482 1950 1853 2340 2223 2730 2594 2880 2736 3240 3078 3600 3420 4020 3819
Price in US$ 625 1029 1544 1911 2389 2867 3344 3528 3969 4410 4924
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 £ 402 382 624 593 936 890 1208 1148 1510 1435 1812 1722 2114 2009 2336 2220 2628 2497 2920 2774 3384 3215
Price in US$ 493 765 1147 1480 1850 2220 2590 2862 3219 3577 4145
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 Day .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ 846 804 1512 1437 2268 2155 2904 2759 3630 3449 4356 4139 5082 4828 5568 5290 6264 5951 6960 6612 7656 7274
Price in US$ 1037 1852 2778 3557 4447 5336 6225 6821 7673 8526 9378
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 9 10 12
Price in £ 1266 1203 2352 2235 3528 3352 4584 4355 5730 5444 6876 6533 8022 7621 8928 8482 10044 9542 11160 10602 13092 12438
Price in US$ 1551 2881 4322 5615 7019 8423 9826 10936 12303 13670 16036
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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With this specially designed course, you can study English with the world’s largest arts festival right on your doorstep!
Starting dates
2018: 06.Aug.2018, 13.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018.
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 9 10 11
Price in £ 510 485 840 798 1260 1197 1560 1482 1950 1853 2340 2223 2730 2594 -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 625 1029 1544 1911 2389 2867 3344 -- -- -- --
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 minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- 2480 2356 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- 3038 -- -- -- -- --
Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Starting dates
2018: 05.Feb.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 22.Oct.2018.
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 dates
15.Mar.2018, 16.Mar.2018, 11.Jun.2018, 12.Jun.2018, 03.Dec.2018, 04.Dec.2018
Exam fee
140 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- 1700 1615 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 2083 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
2018: 02.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018.
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 dates
25.Jul.2018, 26.Jul.2018, 22.Aug.2018, 23.Aug.2018
Exam fee
140 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- 2485 2361 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- 3044 -- -- -- -- --
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
2018: 05.Feb.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 22.Oct.2018.
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 dates
16.Mar.2018, 17.Mar.2018, 12.Jun.2018, 13.Jun.2018, 04.Dec.2018, 05.Dec.2018
Exam fee
145 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- 1705 1620 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 2089 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
2018: 25.Jun.2018, 30.Jul.2018.
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 dates
24.Jul.2018, 25.Jul.2018, 23.Aug.2018, 24.Aug.2018
Exam fee
145 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in £ 510 485 840 798 1260 1197 1560 1482 1950 1853 2340 2223 2730 2594 2880 2736 3240 3078 3600 3420 4020 3819
Price in US$ 625 1029 1544 1911 2389 2867 3344 3528 3969 4410 4924
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
Exam dates
10.Feb.2018, 07.Apr.2018, 02.Jun.2018, 18.Aug.2018, 27.Oct.2018, 01.Dec.2018
Exam fee
155 £
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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

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Price in £ 334 668 1002 1336 --
Price in US$ 431 862 1292 1723
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
The accommodation is situated either a short bus journey away or even within walking distance subject to availability.
Price extra night:
55.6 £ (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, Breakfast & 1 meal, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in £ 207 414 621 828 --
Price in US$ 267 534 801 1068
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
34.5 £ (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, Breakfast & 1 meal, 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
4.1/5.0 
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
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
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

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