Basil Paterson College

As one of the oldest language schools in the UK, Basil Paterson College has a long tradition of academic excellence and remains dedicated to empowering each student in their English language learning. We are passionate about teaching and student progression and development is our priority.

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

Our language programmes are carefully designed to ensure maximum output and improve knowledge of the English language. Experienced teaching staff work hard to ensure that students receive a high level of academic support and encourage your development.

As the largest open exam centre in Scotland, we are well placed to guide students through exam preparation with our IELTS and Cambridge preparation courses. Taking a course at Basil Paterson means you study and take your exam in the same building. We also offer a guaranteed place on the next available exam.

Exam Preparation


Homestay (available year round) : Standard half-board (breakfast and dinner every day - £178 per week) or Executive half-board (breakfast and dinner every day and private bathroom - £278 per week). Residence available in July and August ( standard single bed and breakfast - £310) (standard single half-board - £385) Apartments are available on request - we have a wide selection of self-catered apartments available.


We can arrange an executive airport transfer directly from Edinburgh Airport to your accommodation. This will cost £50 each way.


Your learning experience doesn’t stop at the end of class. The social and cultural activities we offer our students aim to extend your learning day and provide an excellent opportunity to practise your English and make new friends. At least 8 activities per week are offered during the summer and at least 3 activities per week for the rest of the year. Sample activities include Scottish ceilidh dancing, walking around the Botanic Gardens, ghost tour of old Edinburgh and folk music in a local pub. We can help arrange trips to the Highlands at the weekend.