Group study programmes are operated from our premises in Edinburgh, right in the scenic heart of the city and very well served by public transport. Study programmes are specifically designed with flexibility in mind, while our first-class facilities provide a relaxed and friendly learning environment for students - with our experienced staff close at hand to offer any assistance required throughout the duration of your stay with us.Click here to Download Brochure Check Availability
Our unbeatable city centre location at 45 Frederick Street means that many of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions are right on our doorstep.
The school is situated in the upper floors of an 18th century townhouse and offers a selection of eight bright, modern classrooms to suit various class sizes with free access to recreational PCs and wireless internet access throughout. All classes are fully equipped with modern technology. A large common room with a widescreen TV where students can meet up and relax makes the school a very welcoming study environment.
Our location in the heart of the city centre means instant access to Edinburgh’s comprehensive public transport network and means our premises are ideally situated for access to and from host families and activity locations. Full and up-to-date bus timetables and route maps can be accessed on the Lothian Buses Website.
Students attending our group programmes are accommodated for the duration of their course with host families in a shared twin room. As parents themselves, the hosts ensure a caring family environment for students and provide them with breakfast and dinner on week days and breakfast, lunch and dinner at weekends.
Living as part of the family helps students to settle quickly in Edinburgh, with strong friendships often formed. All students are supplied with a local bus pass, affording them straightforward transportation from their accommodation to our city centre school.
The standard weekly programme includes:
Our programme allows groups to design a programme to reflect their specific interests and all sightseeing trips, sports, local visits and evening activities will be priced individually and added to the cost of the standard programme.
In common with our summer programme, our September to June students enjoy a great balance between language study and the opportunity to enjoy their stay in the city.
We recognise that all groups have their own specific requirements and we can supplement or replace the 15 hour General English tuition element of our standard programme with tailored tuition options including, for example, Cambridge, TOEIC or Trinity exam preparation providing 7.5, 15, 22.5 or 25 hours of tuition per week as required.
This ‘pick and mix’ approach effectively means there’s no such thing as a typical week, with group leaders also able to devise their own programme of excursions and activities - which we can help to theme around the interests of the group.
Steeped in heritage yet colourfully cosmopolitan, Edinburgh boasts a wealth of historic and cultural offerings. Students attending our September-June courses are based in the heart of the city, with many of its finest attractions within walking distance, while our summer students based at Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus enjoy spectacular views of the city as well as easy access to the centre.
There are no end of things to see and do in Edinburgh. The city is home to a wealth of museums and galleries, parks and gardens, theatres and cinemas, excellent shops and a host of sports venues. Just click on the links above to discover a range of places to visit within the city and beyond. A number of these are typically included in our Young Learner Summer Programme timetable.
Our September-June students will discover that our Frederick Street base is within walking distance of many of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions. For slightly longer journeys, taxis are easily available, while Lothian Buses run frequent services throughout the city, including a late-night timetable. One of the best ways for those new to the city to see the sights is by hopping aboard one of the Edinburgh open-top bus tours. Our Young Learner Summer Programme students are ashort bus ride from town, with a number of services stopping at or close to the campus.
There’s no missing the city’s most visited historic building, which sits high above Edinburgh and commands wonderful views. Dating from the 12th Century, the castle is built upon the plug of an extinct volcano and is steeped in Scottish history.
National Museum of Scotland
Re-opened in 2011 after a multi-million pound renovation, this magnificent 19th Century building is a much-loved Edinburgh institution. Formerly the Royal Museum it merged with adjoining Museum of Scotland in 2006 and houses an extraordinary showcase of artefacts from Scotland and around the world.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and the scene of many momentous moments in Scotland’s history. The nearby Queen’s Gallery and the Scottish Parliament building are other popular attractions worth a visit while in this part of the city.
Bringing 500 years of the city’s dark history to life, this themed attraction is just a stone’s throw from Princes Street and is a popular draw for visitors to the city, with 11 actor-led shows and two nail-biting rides.
Royal Botanic Garden
With over 70 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds, the gardens have offered a haven of tranquillity for visitors since 1670 and boast a wonderful view of the Edinburgh skyline. ‘The Botanics’ are also a world-renowned centre for the study of plants.
A Victorian Gothic memorial to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, this soaring creation stands over 200 feet tall and those prepared to climb the 287 steps to the top are rewarded by a dizzying view of the city.
Open-top bus tours
An ideal way for those new to the city to get their bearings and to see the sights of Edinburgh. Hop aboard at Waverley Bridge, where the tours begin and end and where tickets can be purchased.
There are many wonderful attractions within easy reach of Edinburgh and our students based in the city have the opportunity to visit locations such as;
Little more than half an hour from Edinburgh by train, this popular and historic seaside town offers first-class beaches, boat trips and golf courses, with the High Street filled with a host of shops, cafes and places to eat. The Scottish Seabird Centre is a much-visited harbour attraction, while the ruined 14th Century Tantallon Castle is just three miles east of the town.
Just ten miles to the north-west of Edinburgh and easily accessible by public transport, the town sits on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the rail and road bridges which span the water between Edinburgh and Fife. A host of historic buildings populate the town, while a boat trip to the beautiful Inchcolm Island is recommended.
Around 20 miles from Edinburgh, this historic Royal Burgh was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the well-preserved ruins of the Royal palace can be visited while enjoying a walk around the picturesque Linlithgow Loch. The Linlithgow Canal Centre operates boat trips along the Union Canal, while a host of sports and leisure facilities are also on offer.
Featured in the climax of Dan Brown's novel, Rosslyn Chapel is only 30 minutes from the city centre and is an architectural jewel. Wander the nearby well marked paths of Roslin Glen and view the ruined Castle.
Popular destinations for day trips from Edinburgh include locations such as;
This compact yet thriving city is the perfect size for a day trip and boasts a rich selection of contemporary and historic attractions. A city with strong links to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, its most striking landmark is its castle, which while steeped in history is also a thriving arts and concert venue. Known as ‘the heart of Scotland’, Stirling is also home to our other Young Learner Summer Programme.
Probably Scotland’s most celebrated coastal town, St Andrews is home to one of the world’s oldest universities and is popularly known as The Home of Golf. As the centre of religious life in medieval Scotland, it is not surprisingly awash with history and the ruins of the once-mighty cathedral are a must-see. Bracing walks can be enjoyed along the town’s beaches - perhaps the finest in Fife - and the town offers a host of interesting shops and places to eat.
Scotland’s largest city is just 45 minutes away from Edinburgh by train, with a frequent service linking the two cities. Glasgow itself is easy to get around thanks to an excellent public transport system, which includes buses, a subway and local train services. The city boasts a thriving cultural scene and is the largest retail centre in the UK outside London. A wealth of museums, galleries, parks, gardens and historic buildings will leave you spoilt for choice when planning your visit.
Group Programmes in 2018 are available throughout the year, excluding July and August.
Group leaders and agents should contact the school directly to discuss the specific programme required and to obtain a detailed quotation for additional activities and excursions.
To enquire about enrolling on a particular course please click on “Check Availabilty” and complete the simple form, by providing us with a few basic details.
We will review your enquiry and quickly let you know whether we can accept your enrolment. If places are available on the course requested these will be provisionally booked for you immediately. Our detailed enrolment form plus terms and conditions of booking will then be sent to you for completion and return. Once you return the completed enrolment form and pay the course deposit, a final booking confirmation will be issued. We would advise that flights should not be booked until a final booking confirmation is issued.