Christmas Course

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations are well-known all over the world. As one of the few course providers open over the festive period, Basil Paterson Edinburgh offers an intensive two-week Christmas course which runs alongside our festive social and cultural programme. The Christmas Course is ideal for learners who want to experience a traditional Scottish Christmas in a homestay environment. It is also suitable for university students who are already studying in the UK over the academic year and would like intensive language skills development between semesters. Popular social and cultural activities during the Christmas Course include Scottish ceilidh dancing, ice skating in Princes Street Gardens, the torchlit procession through the Old Town and the Basil Paterson Christmas Party. You can find out more about what’s happening in Edinburgh in December here: 

You can download our 2019 brochure for English language courses here.

  • Maximum of 12 students per class
  • All levels, from beginner to advanced
  • Minimum age 16


Week One Full-time Part-time
Monday 23rd December 08.45 – 17.00 08.45 – 13.15
Tuesday 24th December 08.45 – 17.00 08.45 – 13.15
Wednesday 25th December CLOSED CLOSED
Thursday 26th December CLOSED CLOSED
Friday 27th December 08.45 – 17.00 08.45 – 13.15
Weekly total 18.75 hours 11.25 hours
Week Two Full-time Part-time
Monday 30th December 08.45 – 17.00 08.45 – 13.15
Tuesday 31st December 08.45 – 17.00 08.45 – 13.15
Wednesday 1st January CLOSED  CLOSED
Thursday 2nd January 08.45 – 17.00 08.45 – 13.15
Friday 3rd January 08.45 – 17.00 08.45 – 13.15
Weekly total 25 hours 15 hours


Period Full-time Part-time
2 weeks £760 £515

Course fees include:

  • Study materials during the course
  • Certificate & individual report
  • Self-study resources
  • IT facilities and WiFi
  • Tutor support at lunchtime
  • At least four free social programme activities per week


I had a great time at Basil Paterson. I have no hesitation in recommending the college to other students. The most important part are the teachers. They were very confident in teaching and all lessons were neatly planned. Never had I such competent teachers in a English class before. They have a gift in creating a good atmosphere and gave us the opportunity to improve our English enormously.”

Markus, Switzerland

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