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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in 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

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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.

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

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

Airport transfer

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

Language school closed

In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 25.Dec.2017, 26.Dec.2017In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays):

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 486 462 792 753 1188 1129 1464 1391 1830 1739 2196 2087 2562 2434 2688 2554 3360 3192 3732 3546 311 296
Price in US$ 610 994 1490 1836 2295 2754 3213 3371 4214 4681 391
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 £ 388 369 596 567 894 850 1172 1114 1465 1392 1758 1671 2051 1949 2264 2151 2830 2689 3276 3113 273 260
Price in US$ 487 748 1122 1470 1838 2205 2573 2840 3550 4109 343
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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Price in £ 486 462 792 753 1188 1129 1464 1391 1830 1739 2196 2087 2562 2434 2928 2782 3660 3477 4392 4173 366 348
Price in US$ 610 994 1490 1836 2295 2754 3213 3672 4590 5508 459
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.
Starting dates
Every Day .
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in £ 803 763 1426 1355 2139 2033 2732 2596 3415 3245 4098 3894 4781 4542 5224 4963 6530 6204 7536 7160 628 597
Price in US$ 1008 1789 2683 3427 4283 5140 5996 6552 8190 9451 788
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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Price in £ 1199 1140 2218 2108 3327 3161 4316 4101 5395 5126 6474 6151 7553 7176 8392 7973 10490 9966 12288 11674 1024 973
Price in US$ 1504 2782 4173 5413 6766 8119 9473 10525 13156 15411 1285
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
2017: 07.Aug.2017, 14.Aug.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 28.Aug.2017.
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 £ -- 792 753 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 994 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
If students would like to study for one week only, the fees would be £585 for the first week only and £388 for the second week only.
Starting dates
2017: 18.Dec.2017, 27.Dec.2017.
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  - 13:15
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 £ 486 462 792 753 1188 1129 1464 1391 1830 1739 2196 2087 2562 2434 2928 2782 3660 3477 4392 4173 366 348
Price in US$ 610 994 1490 1836 2295 2754 3213 3672 4590 5508 459
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 £ -- -- -- -- -- 2326 2210 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- 2918 -- -- -- -- --
Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Starting dates
2017: 30.Jan.2017, 24.Apr.2017, 16.Oct.2017.
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
09.Mar.2017, 10.Mar.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 06.Jun.2017, 27.Nov.2017, 28.Nov.2017
Exam fee
135 £
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Price in £ -- -- -- 1594 1515 -- -- -- -- -- -- 135 129
Price in US$ -- -- -- 2000 -- -- -- -- -- -- 170
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
2017: 03.Jul.2017, 31.Jul.2017.
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
26.Jul.2017, 27.Jul.2017, 23.Aug.2017, 24.Aug.2017
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Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- 2326 2210 -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- 2918 -- -- -- -- --
Development of your language skills in the morning classes and improvement of your exam technique in the afternoon classes.
Starting dates
2017: 16.Jan.2017, 24.Apr.2017, 16.Oct.2017.
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
28.Feb.2017, 01.Mar.2017, 06.Jun.2017, 07.Jun.2017, 28.Nov.2017, 29.Nov.2017
Exam fee
145 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- 1594 1515 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 2000 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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
2017: 26.Jun.2017, 31.Jul.2017.
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
19.Jul.2017, 20.Jul.2017, 24.Aug.2017, 25.Aug.2017
Exam fee
140 £
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 792 753 1188 1129 1464 1391 1830 1739 2196 2087 2562 2434 2688 2554 3360 3192 3732 3546 311 296
Price in US$ -- 994 1490 1836 2295 2754 3213 3371 4214 4681 391
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
11.Feb.2017, 08.Apr.2017, 03.Jun.2017, 19.Aug.2017, 28.Oct.2017, 02.Dec.2017
Exam fee
155 £
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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 Additional Week
Price in £ 312 624 936 1248 312
Price in US$ 412 824 1236 1648 412
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:
53 £ (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
Dates
High season dates 01.Jan.2017 - 02.Jan.2017, 24.Dec.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season
High season supplement per week: 40 £
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in £ 192 384 576 768 192
Price in US$ 254 507 761 1014 254
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
33 £ (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
Dates
High season dates 01.Jan.2017 - 02.Jan.2017, 24.Dec.2017 - 31.Dec.2017
High season
High season supplement per week: 40 £
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in £ 240 480 720 960 240
Price in US$ 317 634 951 1268 317
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
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
Dates
Fully booked on: 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 58 £ (one way); for 116 £ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing 
Golf 
Music 
Skiing 
Squash 
Tennis 

Reviews

City
4.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.3/5.0 
Facilities
4.0/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.2/5.0 
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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