English Language Courses - Edinburgh College
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English Language Courses
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Improve your communication skills, build confidence and gain an English qualification at one of the largest year-round providers of English Language courses in Scotland. We offer English Language courses from Beginner to Advanced level. Choose to study for one semester or one year, or you can apply for our summer school.

  • General English – ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Academic English
  • English Language Summer School

Our staff are well qualified and have experience of working with students from all over the world. Edinburgh College is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

General English – ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
General English courses are designed to:
  • Improve your writing, reading, speaking and listening language skills;
  • Develop your grammatical knowledge and extend your vocabulary;
  • Improve fluency and accuracy;
  • Encourage confidence in communicating in English.
You will be interviewed and assessed by a teacher before the start of your course to ensure you are in the correct class level. Classes are interactive and you will have individual tutor-time to help you develop a personal development plan. When you complete your course you will receive a College completion certificate. In addition, you will take SQA ESOL qualifications as part of the course. Depending on your level, you may also take a Cambridge ESOL examination, such as First Certificate in English (FCE). Entry for SQA ESOL qualifications is included in your tuition fees, but external examinations such as Cambridge exams are not included.

Start Dates
August: 
  • 18 weeks (1 semester) or 36 weeks (1 academic year)

January: 
  • 18 weeks (1 semester) or 36 weeks (1 academic year)
  • 21 weeks (1 semester plus 3 weeks Summer School)
  • 24 weeks (1 semester plus 6 weeks Summer School)
  • 40 weeks (18 weeks in semester 1 with 6 weeks Summer School followed by 16 weeks in semester 2)

Entry Requirements
  • Courses run at all levels from Beginner to Upper Intermediate.

Class Details
  • 17 class hours per week, plus additionally directed self‑study
  • 18 - 20 students per class (maximum23)



Academic English
If you need to improve your English level for entry to university or other academic studies, this course is designed for you. You will focus on listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in an appropriate context, as well as improving your grammar and pronunciation. You will develop your study skills in areas such as:
  • Carrying out research for projects and presentations
  • Note taking, summarising data and essay writing
  • Planning and giving presentations
  • Participating in discussions
If you choose to study on this course, you should have plans to enter higher education in the UK, either an academic course at Edinburgh College or at another UK institution. When you complete your course you will receive a College completion certificate. In addition, you will be prepared to take an IELTS exam. Entry for SQA ESOL qualifications is included in your tuition fees, but external examinations such as IELTS are not included.

Start Dates
  • August or January. 18 weeks (1 semester) or 36 weeks (1 academic year).

Entry Requirements
  • Upper Intermediate– Advanced level English (IELTS 5.5, or equivalent)

Class Details
  • 17 class hours per week, plus additionally directed self‑study
  • 18 - 20 students per class (maximum23)​



English Language Summer School
If you would prefer a short summer vacation course, we offer our Summer School programme. All students follow the core programme General English (20 hours per week). If you are of Intermediate level or above, you can also choose to combine this course with Examination Preparation (4 hours per week). The Summer School programme includes social activities away from the classroom, visiting places of historical and cultural interest. All our courses are aimed at adults - you must be aged 16 years or above.

Start Dates
  • Courses run from July through August.

Entry Requirements
  • An elementary level English and above.

Class Details
  • 20 / 24 class hours per week. 10 – 15 students per class



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