Basil Paterson College

Basil Paterson College

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

School and Location Overview

Contact Basil Paterson College

In order to provide you with the best service possible, Basil Paterson College needs to know a little about your specific situation. If you have questions, please first select a course from the list on the this page. You can always change course dates later.

With over 50 years' experience in teaching, and the first established CELTA Teacher Training Centre in Scotland, Basil Paterson has a long tradition of academic excellence and remains dedicated to empowering each new teacher through their training and development.

Our experienced and well qualified team of Cambridge accredited CELTA Teacher Trainers work hard to ensure that you receive a high level of academic and vocational training, tuition, support, nurture and care.

We believe that learning happens by doing and so our face to face intensive courses have you teaching real language learners from day one of the course!

We know that choosing the right CELTA centre is an important decision for you so if you would like to train with us in in the heart of Edinburgh's historic New Town, we would be delighted to hear from you and to help guide you through our application process.


The CELTA course contains a thorough professional development and job seeking advice input seminar in the latter weeks of the course.

As we are in the heart of Edinburgh we are very informed and up to date with local Scottish and UK markets. We also regularly have visiting trainers who extensively travel and work in foreign markets and who are happy to share their advice.

We at Basil Paterson College are passionate about making your stay in Edinburgh as enjoyable as possible. For this reason, the school has a dedicated Accommodation department, whose job it is to find you safe and comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the city centre. Whether you decide to stay with a local host family, in an apartment, or in a hotel or guesthouse, we are happy to help you find the best option and to help deal with reservations.

You can select from a variety of options including half-board homestay with a family, summer university residency accommodation, private apartments for rent and hotels and guesthouses.

Please visit our accommodation page for further details, facilities, availability and prices:

Please refer to terms and conditions

Upcoming Courses

This centre has no upcoming courses listed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any cost to apply?
No. Applications are completely free. You will only be asked to pay for your course after you have been accepted.
How long does it take to apply?
The first part of the application should take around 5-15 minutes to complete.
What happens after I apply?
The school will review your application and contact you directly.
When should I apply?
As early as possible. Remember that the application is free, so the earlier you complete it, the earlier you will receive the result from the school and make your plans.

Student Reviews

Overall Ratings

7.9 / 10 (9 students)


Course Feedback

"I found the course very rewarding.It helped that the students were very enthusiastic. Of course, it was intensive study with lots of homework but there was a lot of scope to inject your own personality into your lesson plan. I enjoyed watching my own and my colleagues' development throughout the course. "
, CELTA student,
"Completing the CELTA course was a challenging but incredibly worthwhile experience. I learnt far more than I thought that I would at the outset of the course and it has really encouraged me to think about teaching English in a whole new way."
, CELTA student,
"Very satisfied."
, CELTA student,


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