Festival Course

In August every year, Edinburgh comes alive for the International and Fringe festivals, with thousands of performances taking place in venues across the city, including dance, theatre, comedy and the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. You can find out more about the August Edinburgh festivals here: https://www.edinburghfestivalcity.com/

We harness this energy in the classroom with our Festival course, which runs from 5th to 23rd August 2019. The course structure mirrors the English Focus programme, combining essential language and skills development and an afternoon Project Workshop inspired by the Edinburgh festivals. On past courses students have delivered a performance, led their own guided tour and produced a festival documentary, demonstrating their new-found confidence in a second language. The course is complemented by a full and varied social and cultural programme, with eight activities scheduled per week. Popular activities in August include Scottish storytelling, ceilidh dancing, Fringe theatre shows and improvised comedy.

Please click for detailed information about our Festival Course. 

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


Time Session
08.45 – 09.00 Morning Discussion Session
09.00 – 10.00 Vocabulary Focus and Practice
10.00 – 10.15 Morning break
10.15 – 11.15 Language Focus
11.15 – 11.30 Morning break
11.30 – 12.30 Language Practice
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 14.30 Listening, Reading and Writing Skills
14.30 – 14.45 Afternoon break
14.45 – 15.45 Festival Project Workshop


Period Full-time Part-time
2-3 weeks £434 £320

For one week please add a £90 supplement to the 2-3 week price

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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