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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)
  • General English plus Academic Preparation
  • 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.​

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 or January. 18 weeks (1 semester) or 36 weeks (1 academic year).

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

Class Details: 17 class hours per week, plus additional directed self‑study. Maximum 20 students per class.

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General English plus Academic Preparation

This combines the above General English (ESOL) course with an additional 6 hours per week of Academic Preparation focus. The course is aimed at students who wish to study intensively, and are preparing for future courses at a higher level, either within the College or at university. You will develop your study skills in areas such as carrying out research for projects and presentations; note-taking, summarizing data and essay writing; planning and giving presentations; and participating in discussions and debates. You will also prepare to take the IELTS exam at the end of the course (exam fees not included).

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

Entry Requirements: Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels (approximately IELTS 4.5 – 5.0, no skill below band 4.0).

Class Details: 23 class hours per week, including tutorial hour, plus additional directed self-study. Maximum 20 students per class.

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Academic English

If you need to improve your English level for entry to university or other academic study, 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 additional directed self‑study. Maximum 20 students per class.

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Summer School

Edinburgh College also runs a Summer School programme. Click here to find out more.

These courses are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.