• Basil Paterson

    Basil Paterson

    Established: 1929


Basil Paterson was founded in 1929 and it lies in the centre of the beautiful old town of Edinburgh. As one of the oldest and well-known language schools, it has a long tradition of academic excellence and with over 50 years of experience in English language teaching. It remains dedicated to empowering each student in their future English communication. As the largest open exam centre in Scotland for IELTS and Cambridge English, it is the best place to guide you through your exam preparation courses. Studying at Basil Paterson means you have classes and take your exam in the same building. It also offers a guaranteed place on the next available exam.

In the school building there are also English native speakers taking courses, which helps promote a cultural exchange and further improving students' learning process. In the large common rooms and during the leisure activities, you can improve your language skills by talking to the locals and your fellow classmates.


Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town, Basil Paterson provides a unique academic environment, where you study alongside native speakers studying for UK examinations or taking the Cambridge CELTA course.


Experienced and qualified teaching staff work hard to ensure that you receive a high level of academic support, encouraging your progression. The focus is on learning both inside and outside the classroom and class work is complemented by its varied social and cultural programme.

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  • Age limit: 17
  • Fee Level: $ $ $
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