Center of English Studies

CES (Centre of English Studies) – Edinburgh

Founded in 1979, CES has over 40 years of experience teaching the English language to students from all over the world. CES is one of Europe’s most respected language schools. He received the Star Language School of Europe and Language Travel Magazine awards for 5 years in a row.

CES Edinburgh facilities

  • 12 bright and comfortable year-round classrooms
  • Average class size of 9
  • Free high-speed wi-fi access
  • Self-access study centre
  • Common room
  • Garden
  • City centre location
  • Many shops, cafés and restaurants within 10 minutes’ walk
  • 24-hour emergency phone number
  • Dedicated academic and social programme team to help with studies and extracurricular activities
  • In peak sessions, we may use external classrooms at James Gillespie’s High School and Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
Standard English Course
This is the most popular course in all CES schools. The Standard General English Course takes place every morning from Monday to Friday, leaving you free to join the Social Programme or study on our CES Online e-learning platform and in our Self- Access facilities every afternoon. Your morning lessons are divided into two parts, usually taught by two different teachers. Lessons concentrate on building your knowledge of the language, focusing primarily on helping you increase your vocabulary and improving your grammar so that you attain the levels of accuracy you require. Lessons also work on improving your overall communicative proficiency and fluency, focusing on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition to this, you will work on specific pronunciation difficulties and expand the range of language you use in real-life situations.
Combination Course
On our Combination Course, you will follow the Standard Course in the mornings and have two afternoons of private individual lessons. These are designed to meet your individual requirements and give you the perfect opportunity to work on specific language areas of your choice with your own teacher. In advance of your course or during your first individual lesson, you will complete a Needs Analysis form with your teacher, in which you can identify particular areas to work on. This helps your teacher to plan your programme according to your learning needs and ensures you get the maximum benefit from your lessons.
General English with Business
This option is designed for students who wish to improve their communicative proficiency in a business environment. Students follow the same programme as the Standard Course in the mornings. You will also have afternoon classes focussing primarily on the specialized language of Business English in the following areas:
  • Meetings and negotiations
  • Socializing and travel
  • Oral and written presentations
  • Analyzing figures and describing trends
  • Sales/Marketing/Advertising
  • Understanding cultural differences
  • Written communication
Multi-Destination Course
Experience more than one of our fantastic locations? CES gives you the unique opportunity to study in different countries and in any of our centres. This course gives you the opportunity to live in both the UK and Ireland and learn more about the culture, history and social life of these fantastic locations. Come and study in our Wimbledon school and experience one of the greatest cities in the world, London. Then come over to our Dublin centre for the next part of your programme to enjoy the famous Irish hospitality and visit some of the most breath-taking natural attractions in the world. Or why not start in Worthing on the sunny south coast of England and then make your way to the city in the heart of northern England, Leeds? You can also take in the University City of Oxford, the beautiful Spa Town of Harrogate and the culturally rich city of Edinburgh. You can divide your stay as you wish and can start your course in either England, Scotland or Ireland – the choice is yours! Students can take the Standard or Intensive course or even a mixture of both.
English for Professionals (One to One)
CES has vast experience in delivering courses for professionals and managers across a broad range of business contexts. You will receive one-to-one tuition in language suitable to your profession and the social interaction you will encounter, giving you the confidence and vocabulary necessary for clear communication in the modern business world. Executive Courses Our Executive Courses are designed for business people, managers and professionals who wish to make the maximum amount of progress in the shortest possible time. Each course is designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of the participants. Clients return a completed Language Needs Analysis questionnaire to CES in advance to help us prepare the most effective course for your requirements. Your teacher will discuss the details of your course with you again and you will have the opportunity to change the emphasis and content as you progress. These courses are available for both individuals and groups. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your programme or requirements. Medical Personnel Topics include: attending international conferences, delivering speeches or medical papers to a conference, meetings and interviews and specific vocabulary and phrases for doctors and nurses. Aviation Personnel For a profession that requires correct terminology and clear communication at all times, CES can provide vocabulary and speaking lessons for air traffic controllers, pilots and airport managers.
Intensive English Course
On the Intensive English Course, you will follow the same programme as the Standard Course in the mornings. You will also have afternoon classes, in which you will have the opportunity to improve your communicative proficiency through discussions, role-plays and topical debates. Our modern teaching methods and use of supplementary materials give you the best opportunity to build your language skills and maximize the benefits of the time you spend with us.
Standard Course + IELTS preparation
The General English and IELTS Preparation Course takes place all year round, from Monday to Friday. Morning lessons follow the same programme as the Standard Course. There are three afternoons a week of IELTS preparation lessons. This course focuses on improving students’ English, as well as on developing their exam techniques. At the end of each week, students will be given a progress test. They will also have the opportunity to sit an IELTS exam during the last week of the course (exam must be booked separately.)
Further Development Courses for English Language
Our courses are intended for English language teachers or teachers of other subjects who wish to refresh and expand their language skills and/or analyze, discuss and practise different teaching approaches and methods. The courses provide opportunities for discussion and the sharing of ideas with colleagues from different European countries. Our sessions are practical rather than theoretical and involve a variety of workshop and communicative formats. Our aim is that the participants can take everything they do in the sessions and apply them to their own learners and classrooms. We provide all the course material. The participants should have a vast supply of new material taken from various ELT books, authentic material and their colleagues when returning home Our aims at CES are:
  • To provide a learning environment that respects and values participants’ experience as teachers.
  • To raise awareness of participants’ preferred teaching methods and styles through discussions and workshops.
  • To share ideas and activities aimed at making our classrooms more interactive, communicative, creative and autonomous.
  • To stimulate discussion, challenge ideas and provide an environment that allows teachers the time and space to think about their own professional development
  • To broaden understanding of the link between language and culture
  • To provide opportunities for participants to improve their own language skills.
Our E-learning Platform As a course participant, you will be able to partake in our guided e-learning system from the time you have booked the course until three months after course completion. Our guided e-learning system complements the teaching and learning experience. You will have access to it as a student and/or as a teacher so that you can benefit from it for your own language development and also see it from the teacher’s point of view and how something like this might benefit your learners at home. Our e-learning platform also feeds into Europass as our one-to-one tutorials are centred on the CEFR framework of reference. Pre Course Preparation All potential participants will be sent a needs analysis questionnaire before the course begins. This will help us in determining the individual needs of each participant. Upon course registration participants will also be sent some pre-course activities through our guided e-learning portal.
Celta - Teacher Training
Our Cambridge CELTA course provides pre-service training for those who wish to enter the EFL profession. Our courses are delivered by a team of highly-qualified and experienced trainers, who are work online to give guidance, support and feedback to all participants. Our Cambridge CELTA course provides pre-service training for those who wish to enter the EFL profession. Our courses are delivered by a team of highly-qualified and experienced trainers, who are work online to give guidance, support and feedback to all participants. The University of Cambridge CELTA course is the most recognized introductory teacher training qualification both in the UK, Ireland and internationally.  The course is aimed at those with varying levels of experience ranging from little or no experience to those who wish to do a refresher course. The CELTA certificate entitles the bearer to teach the English language to non-native speakers both in the UK, Ireland and abroad.  It ensures that you are provided with an insight into the professional life of a functioning school and brings you into direct contact with overseas learners. Each course is moderated by a Cambridge English approved external assessor to ensure the highest possible standards are maintained. Full-time online CELTA course (4 weeks) Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm This is a fully-accredited 4-week intensive online course that prepares candidates to teach in both a regular classroom as well as in an online one. The course takes place from Monday to Friday (9 am to 5 pm (GMT). Two sessions are delivered every morning by our tutors in an interactive and practical manner through the Zoom platform. These sessions are designed to help candidates acquire and put into practice the knowledge and techniques which are needed when teaching in a regular classroom environment as well as in an online classroom. Part-time online CELTA (10 weeks) (Teacher Practice online on Saturdays at 10am - 2 pm) Our fully-accredited Cambridge part-time online CELTA course is currently running entirely online using the Zoom platform. This means that you can take our course from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. It is a 10-week course that includes 6 hours of online teaching practice, 6 hours of online observation of experienced teachers, 4 assignments and 120 hours of online content as per Cambridge requirements. Trainees must complete all work online using the Moodle platform for course materials.


One of the best ways for students to improve their English speaking is to choose homestay accommodation. Family life is informal and the people are welcoming, friendly and talkative, so you will have plenty of opportunities to practise your English.

All CES homestays are carefully selected and regularly visited by our Accommodation Officer, to ensure consistently high standards.

Our Edinburgh homestays are located across many areas of the city, with a typical travel time of 40 minutes from the school (and around 20 minutes to the city centre). Please note that travel times may be considerably longer during peak weeks (for example during the Edinburgh Festival). Homestay accommodation includes breakfast and dinner 7 days a week.

There will be a maximum of 4 students per family at any one time.


We’re proud of our beautiful, modern residential accommodation, just 20 minutes from the school on foot and 10 minutes from Princes Street!


  • Newly-built Edinburgh student residences opened in 2014
  • Central location, especially popular with students and young professionals
  • Close to shops, bars and The Meadows park
  • Less than 20 minutes’ walk to the school building
  • All rooms are en-suite, in an apartment of between 3 and 8 bedrooms


  • All rooms finished to a high standard, with double beds, shower rooms and study spaces.
  • Wi-Fi throughout the building and in bedrooms
  • All bedrooms share a kitchen and lounge-diner social space
  • 24-hour on-site support
  • Electronic key entry
  • Common room
  • Laundry facility
  • Bike storage
  • Reception staff to help with any questions about Edinburgh