Senior Group English Language Programme (50+) Edinburgh

English language programmes are offered in Edinburgh for senior groups throughout the year.

Our programme is aimed at groups of adults who wish to improve their English language skills whilst also enjoying a fabulous sightseeing break. Take in the cultural attractions and scenery that Edinburgh and Scotland have to offer. English language tuition is delivered from our premises in the city centre, right in the heart of Edinburgh's historical New Town and very well served by public transport, including Edinburgh's new tram system which stops very close to the school.

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The School

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 an 18th century townhouse and offers a selection of eight bright, modern classrooms to suit various class sizes, free access to recreational PCs and wireless internet access throughout. All classrooms 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.

Getting to and from our school

A bus & tram stop right outside our front door offers instant access to Edinburgh’s comprehensive public transport network and means our premises are ideally situated for access to and from your accommodation. All students are supplied with a local bus pass which makes getting around Edinburgh extremely easy. Full and up-to-date bus timetables and route maps can be accessed on the Lothian Buses Website.



We offer a range of flexible accommodation options, to suit all tastes, including

  • Self catering, student residential flats with single en-suite bedrooms
  • Host families on a half board basis in a single or twin room
  • Small hotel on a bed and breakfast basis with single, twin or double rooms

What's Included?

The standard weekly programme includes:

  • 15 hours of group English language tuition – 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday
  • Accommodation
  • All transfers to and from Edinburgh International Airport or train station including ‘Meet and Greet’ service
  • Local Bus Pass
  • All teaching materials
  • End of course certificate
  • Free internet and WiFi in school
  • Free use of all school facilities
  • One accompanied day trip *
  • Two afternoons activities **
  • Two social evenings***

*Choice of Day Trip:

  • Visit to Glasgow with open deck bus tour, shopping and fish and chips on way home.
  • Visit to Loch ness (catch a sight of the monster maybe?). 
  • Visit to Stirling Castle & surrounding area

**Choice of two afternoon activites

  • Visit to Edinburgh Castle
  • Visit to Holyrood Palace and the Queen’s Gallery
  • Edinburgh open deck bus tour
  • Visit to Royal Yacht Britannia

***Choice of two social evening activites

  • Ghost Tour
  • Theatre
  • Pub visit
  • Scottish Country dancing

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.

A Typical Week

Students on this programme enjoy a great balance between language study and the opportunity to enjoy their stay in Scotland.

The programme includes 3 hours of English tuition each morning, leaving afternoons & evenings free to make the most of your time here. Over and above the included day trip and cultural afternoon & evening activities, leaders are able to devise their own programme of excursions, tailoring the programme to their groups' unique requirements.

This means there’s really is no such thing as a "typical week".

Discover the City

Scotland’s stunning capital, which plays host to both our Young Learner Summer Programme and our other Group Programmes, is a wonderful city in which to study the English language.

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.

Discover the city

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.

Getting around Edinburgh

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.


Edinburgh Highlights

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh CastleThere’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
National Museum of ScotlandRe-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
Holyrood HouseThe 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.

Edinburgh Dungeon
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
Royal Botanic GardenWith 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.

Scott Monument
Edinburgh - The Scott MonumentA 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.

Half-day trips from Edinburgh

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;

North Berwick
North BerwickLittle 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.

South Queensferry
South QueensferryJust 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.

LinlithgowAround 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.

Rosslyn Chapel
Rosslyn ChapelFeatured 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.

Full Day trips from Edinburgh

Popular destinations for day trips from Edinburgh include locations such as;

StirlingThis 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.

St Andrews
St. AndrewsProbably 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.

GlasgowScotland’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.

Dates & Fees

Group Programmes in 2019 are available at all times of the year.

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.

Enrolment & Availability

To enquire about enrolling on this course please complete our "Contact Us" form.

We will review your enquiry and quickly let you know whether we can accept your enrolment. If places are available on the course 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.

The mix of students is good. You learn lots about different cultures from many different countries. It opens your mind to the rest of the world.
- Silvana Alvarez (Colombia)

Global School of English - Edinburgh is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.