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Basil Paterson, Edinburgh, Scotland

4.3/5

Rating: 4.3/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Largest examination centre in Scotland.
  • One of the oldest language schools in the UK.

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)
Legal name / parent company: OISE Limited| Tax registration ID: GB792403230

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.

English Courses

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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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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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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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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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Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Starting dates
Every Monday.
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Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Course durations are dependant on specific start dates:
4 weeks: 29 Jun, 27 Jul, 14 Sept.
6 weeks: 27 Jan, 27 Apr, 19 Oct.
Starting dates
2020: 27.Jan.2020, 27.Apr.2020, 29.Jun.2020, 27.Jul.2020, 14.Sep.2020, 19.Oct.2020.
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
13.Mar.2020, 16.May.2020, 09.Jun.2020, 3.Jul.2020, 27.Aug.2020, 10.Oct.2020, 01.Dec.2020
Exam fee
150 £
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Course durations are dependant on specific start dates:
4 weeks: 29 Jun, 27 Jul, 21 Sept.
6 weeks: 27 Jan, 27 Apr, 19 Oct.
Starting dates
2020: 27.Jan.2020, 27.Apr.2020, 29.Jun.2020, 27.Jul.2020, 21.Sep.2020, 19.Oct.2020.
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
14.Mar.2020, 09.May.2020, 10.Jun.2020, 31.Jul.2020, 28.Aug.2020, 17.Oct.2020, 02.Dec.2020
Exam fee
155 £
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Price in US$ 618 1027 1540 2053 2566 3080 3593 4106 5132 6159 415
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
04.Jan.2020, 11.Jan.2020, 18.Jan.2020, 01.Feb.2020, 08.Feb.2020, 22.Feb.2020, 07.Mar.2020, 14.Mar.2020, 21.Mar.2020, 04.Apr.2020, 11.Apr.2020, 18.Apr.2020, 09.May.2020, 16.May.2020, 30.May.2020, 06.Jun.2020, 13.Jun.2020, 20.Jun.2020, 11.Jul.2020, 18.Jul.2020, 25.Jul.2020, 08.Aug.2020, 22.Aug.2020, 29.Aug.2020, 05.Sep.2020, 12.Sep.2020, 26.Sep.2020, 10.Oct.2020, 24.Oct.2020, 31.Oct.2020, 07.Nov.2020, 21.Nov.2020, 28.Nov.2020, 05.Dec.2020, 12.Dec.2020
Exam fee
180 £
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Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 88 £. 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 £ 350 700 1050 1400 1750 2100 2450 2800 3500 4200 350
Price in US$ 426 852 1278 1704 2130 2556 2981 3407 4259 5111 426
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
57 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
26 minutes by public transport (average reported by 8 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
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Price in £ 230 460 690 920 1150 1380 1610 1840 2300 2760 230
Price in US$ 280 560 840 1120 1400 1680 1959 2239 2799 3359 280
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
41 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
29 minutes by public transport (average reported by 23 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
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Price in £ 322 644 966 1288 1610 1932 2254 2576 3220 3864 322
Price in US$ 392 784 1176 1568 1959 2351 2743 3135 3918 4702 392
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 £ 350 700 1050 1400 1750 2100 2450 2800 3500 4200 350
Price in US$ 426 852 1278 1704 2130 2556 2981 3407 4259 5111 426
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 £ 215 430 645 860 1075 1290 1505 1720 2150 2580 215
Price in US$ 262 524 785 1047 1308 1570 1832 2093 2616 3140 262
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 £ 221 442 663 884 1105 1326 1547 1768 2210 2652 221
Price in US$ 269 538 807 1076 1345 1614 1883 2152 2689 3227 269
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
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

4.3/5.0

Rating: 4.3/5.0

City

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7/5.0 
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 396 £ for General English Part time course with 15 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • 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%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • 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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