Learn English in Edinburgh with ECS Scotland

Learn English in Edinburgh with ECS Scotland


View of Edinburgh from the hills.
Being so far north we get amazing sunsets in Edinburgh in the winter. Today we walked in the Pentland Hills just 30 minutes from the city centre by bus.
Torduff Reservoir just a short bus ride from the centre of Edinburgh.
View of the famous Arthur’s Seat from a short and easy walk near Torduff Reservoir. Just at the end of the number 10 bus route.
This is the view from the top of Carlton Hill in Edinburgh. It is looking to the Pentland hills and some of the Royal Mile.
Morning snow in Edinburgh.
We went for a walk in the Pentland Hills. They are very very close to Edinburgh and you can get there by bus.
Winter in Edinburgh.
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www.ecsscotland.co.uk Small group English courses for adults starting every Monday in Edinburgh cit

We are a family run, British Council accredited English language school located in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. Teaching takes place in an attractive Georgian house, which maintains many of the classic features of a building from that era. There are six classrooms which all provide a quiet, professional office environment ideal for small group and 1-to-1 language learning. A coffee and relax

Operating as usual


Don't worry! All learning materials, tea/coffee at break time (essential!), progress report and certificate of attendance, Wi-Fi and use of library materials are included.

But any other questions you may have.. just get in touch.


If you like anything and everything to do with flying, this is the excursion for you!

The Scottish National Museum of Flight is located about 45 minutes drive to the east of Edinburgh, at an airfield called East Fortune.
The airfield was actively used during both World Wars and it now houses a rare selection of aircraft and flying related objects.

Want to learn more? https://www.ecsscotland.co.uk/blog/visit-to-the-museum-of-flight


Thank you Miriam for the review!

If you would like to see what ECS Scotland offers, please contact us!


Some specific courses have set course dates, such as English with Yoga & Wellbeing, English for Effective Communication and the Academic English Summer Course.

Individual Tuition and private mini groups have flexible start dates, you can choose when you want to start. Combination Courses are available to start most Mondays, please check availability for your preferred dates before making your travel arrangements as some weeks become fully booked quite far in advance.

Please contact us for specific course dates or if you have any questions - we are always happy to help.


Our aim has always been to provide a relaxed and positive learning environment for adults of all ages and nationalities in which to practise and improve their English language skills.

As a small, family-run school, the atmosphere is friendly and students are genuinely made to feel welcome.

Do you want to know more about us? https://www.ecsscotland.co.uk/about


Thank you so much for your review!

Are you interested in doing our Experience Edinburgh Program?
Our Experience Edinburgh General English Course is now available to book for October to November 2023!

This is a one to four week course for people who want to improve their general English fluency while exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

Find more information here:


We have teamed up with Edinburgh Community Yoga to offer you this 1-week English course together with yoga and wellbeing classes.

Edinburgh Community Yoga is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise with all profits from this yoga course going back into their outreach programs which make yoga available for people affected by trauma and poor mental health. You will be helping support the development and sustainability of this work.

During the course you will enjoy a daily English class, yoga class and a wellbeing workshop. The English classes take place at our school in central Edinburgh and the yoga and wellbeing classes at another location in the city.

Sign up before the 27th October.
Are you interested in joining? Click here!


Here are probably more similarities than differences.

They both require the development of core skills in fluency, reading, writing and listening, the application of linguistic principles and, of course, plenty of hard work.

It is important to have a good basis of General English to be able to communicate effectively.
However, Business English courses focus on particular vocabulary, topics and skills that are applicable to the workplace and enable you to communicate accurately.

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Did you know that all the classrooms here at ECS are named after Scottish islands?

This classroom - 'Arran' - is perfect for small groups and one-to-one lessons.

It's named after the Isle of Arran, a popular holiday location with lots to explore!
Have you ever visited a Scottish island? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿


Thank you Luisa for the review!

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Do you want to improve your English in 2023?
Book one of our small-group English courses, running throughout the year in Edinburgh.

We have courses focusing on different areas of the English language, so you're sure to find one that works for you.

Find out more here:


This depends on your needs and what you would like to achieve during your course.

The English for Effective Communication course provides you with the opportunity to work together with other students to practise speaking and listening skills and cultural communication.

A ‘Combination Course' gives you the opportunity to spend a few hours in a general speaking & listening group to improve communication skills with other students and then 1-to-1 tuition, focusing on your specific needs.
For example;
Business, Financial, Legal, Medical, Aviation, Tourism, Environmental, General communication and many other specific areas.

‘Individual Tuition’ focuses entirely on your specific needs.

You tell us what you would like to cover and we will design a course specifically for you.


If it is a dry day and you fancy a longer walk with a 360 degree panoramic view, you could head over to Arthur's Seat.

This is an inactive volcano in the middle of Holyrood Park, it takes about 45 minutes to walk to the top from near the Scottish Parliament. Please wear suitable shoes for climbing this hill and be careful as it can be very slippery, espcially if it has rained recently.

Want to read more? https://www.ecsscotland.co.uk/blog/a-few-things-to-do-in-edinburgh


Thank you Shinichiro for the review!

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You can choose how many weeks you would like to study.
One week is usually the minimum length of course.

However, some very busy clients come for intensive three or four day courses (individual tuition). There is no maximum length.
We love tailoring courses to suit YOU.

Just get in touch with what you need, we'll be happy to help.


All our classrooms are named after Scottish islands!

Shetland, the classroom, is located on the top floor of our building.
Shetland, or the Shetland Islands, is an archipelago which lies between Norway, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. They are about 170km north of mainland Scotland and accessible via ferry or air.

Beautiful! Come and visit us in Scotland For more information just send us a message.


Thank you Samanta for the review!

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Stirling Castle has played an important part in Scottish history for hundreds of years.

The castle has been restored and refurbished and it is a popular visit with our students.
It takes approximately one hour to get to Stirling by minibus from Edinburgh. Students can either explore the castle on their own, with other students from the school or join a free guided tour taken by the castle guides.

There is so much to see at Stirling Castle, it has such splendour, amazing colour, and wondrous craftsmanship. Stirling Castle was once the home of Scotland's Renaissance Kings and Queens.

Want to learn more? https://www.ecsscotland.co.uk/blog/visit-to-stirling-castle


If you have studied English in the past you should have some idea of your level.

On the application form we ask you to approximately grade yourself.
You can tell us the level of the last English course you studied or exam you took, even if it was a few years ago.

You will be sent a needs analysis form before arrival and have a Skype or Zoom call with one of our teachers before your arrival.

To help you get an idea of your approximate level of English, you can take a quick online level test with Cambridge English https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/


Smiling floods your brain with happy chemicals, and makes other people more relaxed and patient.

When you’ve finished the phone call, meeting or whatever, take a moment to congratulate yourself, even if it wasn’t perfect.
You did your best. Well done.

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Thank you Pavel for the review!

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Why study English with ECS Scotland

We are a family run, British Council accredited English language school located in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland.

All groups have a maximum of 5 students per class, so you have plenty opportunity to participate. We are a school for adults only, the minimum age for students is 18.

Teaching takes place in an attractive Georgian house, which maintains many of the classic features of a building from that era. There are six classrooms which all provide a quiet, professional office environment ideal for small group and 1-to-1 language learning.

A coffee and relaxation area is located on the ground floor and a self-study resource centre with computers with internet access and a small library is also available for clients’ use. There is Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the entire building for students with their own laptops and wireless equipment.

Website: http://www.ecsscotland.co.uk
Learn English online magazine: http://ecsscotland.blogspot.co.uk/

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The end to another great August festival. Wonderful fireworks.
The Edinburgh Tattoo has been happening all of August at the Castle. This year was brilliant.
The bagpipes.
Scottish songs
Last night we learned some Scottish Dancing.
One of the robots in the exhibition.
We got to hear some of the instruments being played. It was wonderful.
A great end to another fantastic Edinburgh Festival. The fireworks were spectacular 🎆
How to knock on a door in the past at Culross Village.
The organ and it’s surprising history.




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Tuesday 8:45am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:45am - 1pm
Thursday 8:45am - 5pm
Friday 8:45am - 5pm
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