Specialist Programmes

English Specialist Programmes

English Specialist Programmes

British Etiquette
Leadership Programme
Festival and Performing Arts Programme
Art & Street Theatre Programme
Music & Percussion
Music & Drama
University Experience
Hospitality & Tourism

Edinburgh Home-stay

Group bookings only

12 – 17 year olds
Available year-round
Except July

Our English specialist programmes are becoming more and more popular as we cater to the demands of the changing market – students are increasingly looking for something different from the ‘norm’, something more than ‘just General English’. We have various options available in a range of different areas including the arts, hospitality & tourism, personal development and British culture. Each one has a unique mix of specialist subject tuition and activities. We can also tailor-make programmes by combining a mixture of components to create the perfect package for your clients.

Students are given the chance to experience something new, or to further develop their knowledge of a subject about which they are already passionate. By focussing on one particular subject area, students have the opportunity to grow academically and personally. They go away feeling confident, enthused and motivated whilst improving their English in the process.

In line with our general English programmes, lessons follow the Mackenzie School methodology. Our specialist options are the perfect platform for this communicative, collaborative practice. In place of the standard ninety-minute class, which focuses on one topic, students can spend one or two weeks exploring the subject in depth. This task-based approach allows learners to use their existing language skills and pushes them to recall previously acquired grammar, lexis and functions. Whether it is a final performance or a formal presentation in front of their peers, each course works towards a clear outcome and students feel a sense of accomplishment.

Dates and prices vary depending on the programme but typically all include the following:

  • Tuiton and workshops as per sample programmes
  • Local visits, activities and excursions
  • Shared room home-stay accommodation for students (single bed or bunk bed), singles for leaders (half-board during the week, full-board at weekends)
  • Packed lunches prepared on school premises Monday to Friday
  • Return airport transfer from/to Edinburgh and ‘meet & greet’ service
  • Interactive ‘Get to Know Edinburgh’ activity
  • Use of all school facilities (school open until 22:00 every evening, including weekends)
  • Written report and certificate on completion of course
  • One free group leader for every twelve students
  • Welcome pack

Bespoke Programmes

If you like the idea of our specialist programmes but haven’t seen what you are looking for, let us know what you have in mind and we’ll design something for you.

We have delivered many more programmes than we have listed, including a programme focused on architecture and another on money and banking. We can do almost anything at Mackenzie School, within reason! If you have an idea and want to know what we can do to help you, just ask. We love the challenge of designing and delivering new programmes.

Experience two capitals?

If your clients want to see London as well as Edinburgh ask us for details of our ‘two capitals combination’ packages. We work with a variety of carefully selected partners and can offer a range of options for seeing the very best of both cities including bespoke tuition and activity programmes, all travel arrangements and other aspects of the booking.