London Psychology & Sociology School Trips

A school trip to London is an ideal way to boost grades. From our exclusive mental health visits to a Jack the Ripper walking tour, you can cover a wide range of key study topics.

We can tailor an itinerary to suit your group’s exact requirements, including a range of educational visits, travel, and meals. 

Prices start from£99pp

Price Shown includes

  • 1 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a zone A departure point in September 2016 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets
  • A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay

Accommodation

Popular options in London


Psychology Visits

Freud Museum

The home of Sigmund Freud and his family until 1982, this museum helps pupils to understand Freud’s approach and aids exam knowledge. Pupils can explore Freud’s life and work, step into his consulting room (including the world-famous couch), watch ‘Home Movies’ of Freud and his family, and discuss his work with a member of the museum’s education team at times when the museum is closed to the general public. The museum can provide your group with tailored discussion sessions on a range of psychoanalytic topics. Self-guided audio tours are also available during usual opening hours. New from summer 2015, groups will be able to explore his approach to the mind through a new series of short educational videos.

The Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

The informative Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum use historical material to tell the story of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during World War II. An audio tour and tailored teaching session will enable groups to focus on key psychological topics such as prejudice and social influence. We highly recommend this visit. A café is also available on site for lunch, if required.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Hospital is Europe’s first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illness. The hospital museum, Museum of the Mind, has relocated to Bethlem Hospital site, and the new premises include a dedicated learning space, permanent exhibition, temporary exhibition gallery and archive search room.
Self-guided visits are available for school groups. These 90 minute sessions include a short introductory talk and a visit to the museum which now includes sections on labelling and diagnosis, freedom and constraint, temperament, treatments and recovery. Teachers are welcome to make an advance visit and develop their own activities.

 

Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS)

These informative 90-minute sessions are delivered by an expert from SAAS and can focus on a range of relevant study themes, which can be tailored specifically to your group’s requirements.

Suggested topics include:

  • Sleep disorders (insomnia, sleepwalking & narcolepsy)
  • Sleep & the law
  • Dreaming (including Dement & Kleitman research)
  • The brain during sleep
  • Mental illness & sleep

Discussions will take place at a central London function room.

Centre of Clinical Hypnotherapy Workshops

Exclusive to NST

We now offer a fantastic range of exclusive psychology hypnotherapy workshops in central London.
Sessions last 90 minutes and cover the following study themes:

  • Phobias
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Depression (inc. suicide)
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Eating disorders

Some hypnosis can be included in the sessions (over 16s only). Call us to find out more.

Science & Maths Magic Shows - The Psychology of a Magician

Run by Dr Matt Pritchard, who works for organisations like Royal Institution, British Science Association and The Big Bang fairs, these interactive science and maths magic shows will inspire and inform pupils.

During this exciting hands-on session based around the psychology of a magician your group will take a closer look at what psychology teaches magicians and vice versa. You will explore how a working knowledge of the vision system and behaviour can be used to trick the eyes (perspective, retention of vision, change blindness, inattentional blindness, motion blindness etc.) plus how a magician can exploit the brain’s thinking to read and influence minds. There will be lots of opportunities to participate in simple magic tricks and experiments before returning home to test your skills on friends and family.

Forensic Psychology Lectures - Hacking the Brain: Neurolaw & Crime

Exclusive to NST

Explore the fascinating world of criminal psychology in these incredibly hands-on 90-minute sessions with Forensic Outreach. Equally divided into a lecture and a practical element, these can also be tailored to your group’s specific science curriculum requirements.

Hacking the Brain: Neurolaw & Crime
Imagine peering straight into the future: a lie detector that’s always right, because it uses an MRI machine, a blood test to predict human behaviour, and the ability to catch a criminal before they ever commit a crime. In this fascinating session, your pupils will learn about the world of ‘neurolaw’ where neuroscience - or brain science - and forensics meet. Building their own brain models, pupils will hypothesise what sort of information they could extract from the criminal mind.

Other lectures available include:

  • Breaking Mad: Right, Wrong & the Ethics of Psychology
  • Inside the Criminal Mind: Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology Lectures - Breaking Mad: Right, Wrong & the Ethics of Psychology

Exclusive to NST

Explore the fascinating world of criminal psychology in these incredibly hands-on 90-minute sessions with Forensic Outreach. Equally divided into a lecture and a practical element, these can also be tailored to your group’s specific science curriculum requirements.

Breaking Mad: Right, Wrong & the Ethics of Psychology
From Charcot’s hysteria to the somewhat eyebrow raising theories of Sigmund Freud, pupils will witness both the proudest and most questionable moments in the history of psychology. Learn about the shocking truths underlying the witch trials in Europe, London’s infamous ‘Bedlam’ hospital, electroshock therapy and how modern psychology came to be. Then question the ethics of psychology, whether these techniques were justified and what this means for psychology today.

Other lectures available include:

  • Hacking the Brain: Neurolaw & Crime 
  • Inside the Criminal Mind: Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology Lectures - Inside the Criminal Mind: Forensic Psychology

Exclusive to NST

Explore the fascinating world of criminal psychology in these incredibly hands-on 90-minute sessions with Forensic Outreach. Equally divided into a lecture and a practical element, these can also be tailored to your group’s specific science curriculum requirements.

Inside the Criminal Mind: Forensic Psychology 
From psychopathy, psychosis to no reason at all - why do criminals commit the crimes they do? In this fascinating session, pupils will dive into the psyche of forensic investigators, criminals and victims. Learn about the history of the discipline, the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, how to interrogate a suspect, how to diagnose a psychopath, how to tell the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath, and how to prevent someone from committing a crime. Pupils then read and decipher real-life serial killer notes before solving their own cases.

Other lectures available include:

  • Hacking the Brain: Neurolaw & Crime 
  • Breaking Mad: Right, Wrong & the Ethics of Psychology

The Old Bailey & Lincoln’s Inn Visit, Talk & Court Sessions

During your visit you will be given a short talk outside the Royal Courts of Justice before viewing the legal costume exhibition then later listening to a court hearing in a criminal appeal. Your group will then be taken to Lincoln’s Inn, where many of the country’s top barristers have their chambers. The tour finishes at the Old Bailey where your group will be given a talk about the history of the court. Each person will then be provided with a complete run down of cases taking place in all 18 courts, so groups can make an informed choice of which hearing to observe after a break for lunch.

Infamous Murders Walking Tour

Six of the seven most famous murder cases in Britain from 1811 to 1911 took place in the East End. Walk through old atmospheric streets from the docks to Whitechapel, and you’ll see plenty of period photographs and drawings that bring the old East End back to life. Hear why so many famous murders happened here and finish with a look at the Krays, whose most notorious murder also took place here.

The Clink Prison Museum

During an educational tour of this unique and medieval prison which dates back to the 12th century your pupils will have the opportunity to handle original historical torture artefacts relating to crime and punishment used in the prison, witness the terrible conditions of the time, and learn of the prison’s involvement in many major events through audio and visual presentations and the colourful narrative provided by your guide. Self-guided visits are also available.

The Royal Courts of Justice - Court In Session

Suitable for KS3-5, this exciting visit to the historic Royal Courts of Justice will have your group talking for weeks! You can choose from a wide range of quality learning experiences. 

This two-hour session takes place in a working court room and around the courts. 

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Prepare and enact a trial based on an ex-offender’s experiences
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional where possible
  • Discuss and debate real sentencing options

The Royal Courts of Justice - Motion To Appeal

Suitable for KS3-5, this exciting visit to the historic Royal Courts of Justice will have your group talking for weeks! You can choose from a wide range of quality learning experiences. 

This two-hour session takes place in a working court room and around the courts.

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Prepare for and debate an appeal case which has been heard at the Royal
  • Courts of Justice (this can be a broader debate or one that focuses on a particular point of law)
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional, where possible

Horrible Olde London Walking Tour

There’s persecution, hanging, drawing and quartering, burnings at the stake, grave robbing, the horror of the Great Fire, an infamous prison and its gallows, a scary ghost, traitors’ heads on gates, bear baiting, prostitution, a debtors’ prison, riots and other general unpleasantness.

The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

What makes us buy certain products? Discover how well-loved brands have evolved through creative use of packaging and advertising and how we, the public, have evolved with them. Worksheets can be completed during the visit on topics including advertising, packaging and marketing. Evocative and inspiring, the museum houses a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands and features over 12,000 original items.

Stadium Tours

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of London’s famous stadiums and consider the mindset of the players as they head out to compete. Tours available include Wembley, the Emirates, Stamford Bridge and Twickenham.

Natural History Museum

At this exciting museum, your pupils can explore the natural world and discover the amazing diversity of life that has evolved on our planet. Study a range of themes including climate change, evolution and the natural environment, helping to give your pupils an understanding of the impact that science has on their lives.

Visit the Darwin Centre in the museum to watch a pre-booked interactive film in the David Attenborough Studio entitled ‘Who Do You Think You Really Are?’ Afterwards, we recommend exploring the human biology gallery, which covers memory and how our memory functions and an insight into the human body.

The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue provides an insight to anyone seeking to understand biology, medicine and the role of medicine in society – past and present. Free guided tours of exhibitions are available for pre-booked groups.

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:
Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey
Pupils will meet and hear the personal testimony of a Holocaust survivor or Kindertransport refugee. We recommend this workshop for pupils in KS2-3 who have prior background knowledge

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Faith & The Holocaust

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:
Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Faith & The Holocaust
Reflecting on faith during and after the Holocaust. Pupils will look at the role of belief, ritual and prayer in the face of adversity. Pupils will explore religious objects and the texts as a springboard for discussion. This workshop is recommended for pupils in years 9-13.

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Never Again Auschwitz

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:
Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Never Again Auschwitz
Drawing on the life story of British born Holocaust survivor, Leon Greenman OBE, this workshop enables pupils to reflect on the experience of individuals in the Holocaust and relate this to the concepts of tolerance, respect, freedom and identity both in the past and today. This workshop is recommended for pupils in years 9-13.

Science Museum

The Science Museum is packed with awe-inspiring galleries, interactive resources and inspirational exhibitions. Your pupils can explore the hands-on galleries which cover a wide range of subjects areas including:

Science: 
‘Who am I?’ - find out what makes you in this gallery that mixes intriguing objects with interactive exhibits. 

Maths:
Mathematics Gallery - The gallery combines instruments used by working mathematicians with beautiful models illustrating mathematical principles. The gallery is unique in showing a range of the uses of these: in gunnery, carpentry, mapping, alcohol measurement and packing, for example. It also hosts a section on the brilliant thinker, Charles Babbage, including a reconstruction of his ‘Difference Engine’, the world’s first calculator. Use your free NST Maths
Explorer learning resources to discover more!

Launch Pad - Hands-on, minds-on gallery where pupils explore science through interactive exhibits.

Making the Modern World - Significant objects representing ground-breaking developments in science, technology and medicine from 1750 to 2000.

Psychology & Sociology: 
Psychology: Mind Your Head – a small exhibition exploring some of the stories, tools and puzzles that have engaged British psychologists during the 20th century.

The museum also offers a great selection of curriculum-linked schools events and shows, and stunning 3D films in their IMAX Cinema. Science Museum resources are also available and free to download.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Discover at firsthand the historical context of Whitechapel in the late 19th century as well as in-depth historical knowledge on Jack the Ripper. 

This eerie yet informative evening activity led by expert guides provides an insight into the mindset of this renowned murderer and maps his trail of terror. The site is also near Cable Street so the study visit can include work on 20th century protest.

The Ghost Bus Tours

Do not fear! All aboard the ‘orrible omnibus for a 70-minute ride around the dark side of London. London’s first ‘Fright Bus’ service combines on-board actors and technical trickery to create the scariest tour in town. A creepy conductor provides the commentary for this sinister sightseeing show, revealing haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds and the skeletons in the capital’s cupboard. 

London Dungeons

History is brought to life in chilling reality! The Dungeon will reinforce your pupils’ historical education in an accurate, dramatic and thought-provoking way. 

Your group will witness scenes of British history depicting human sacrifice, martyrdom, torture, witchcraft and many little known yet curious facts of the lives of our forebears. 

Go back to the Great Fire of London and be plunged into the heart of a searing inferno or take a dark boat ride in the role of condemned prisoners.

Graveyards and Vampires Walking Tour

This walk tells you the story of vampires and other things that have something of the night about them. Visit some of London’s most interesting and historic burial grounds, cemeteries, graveyards and plague pits. Hear the story of vampires, Dracula, the Black Death, body snatchers, people buried alive, an old graveyard legend that turned out to be true and the grave robbing of one of London’s most famous men.

Science & Pseudoscience Conference 25th November 2015

Content and speakers (subject to confirmation) include:

Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman – The Luck Factor/The Psychology of Magic & Illusion
Richard started his working life as a professional magician and currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He frequently appears in the media, and has written over 60 academic articles and several books, including The Luck Factor and, current best seller, 59 seconds.

Andrew Newton – Hypnosis
Andrew is one of the most successful and experienced hypnotists in the world. He has over 5,500 public and television appearances under his belt and has hypnotised more than 55,000 people over 30 years. Andrew originally taught Paul McKenna and inspired a host of others. His dynamic approach has earned him the reputation of being one of the world's foremost experts in hypnosis.

Phil Banyard – Science and Pseudoscience
Phil is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and former Chief Examiner for OCR.

Mike Cardwell – The ‘Science’ of Attraction
Mike is a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University and former Chief Examiner for AQA.

Cara Flanagan – In Defence of Lab Experiments
Cara is a widely published author of A-level psychology books, experienced senior examiner and conference speaker. 


Sociology and leisure visits

Karl Marx Walking Tour

Take a two-hour walk through the life, times and ideas of Karl Marx. Visit the places in and around Soho where Marx lived and worked, and hear the extraordinary tale of this man who would change the world. The tour gives a full biography of Karl Marx and his family from his early years, his studies, his revolutionary journalism, his hopes, dreams, ailments and tragedies, as well as reviewing his political and intellectual influence. 

Highgate Cemetery: Karl Marx’s Burial & Memorial Site Tour

Take a private group tour of these tranquil grounds situated in the heart of London. In the East Cemetery, lies the grave of Karl Marx with a monument featuring a gigantic bust. Since then, many people who have been inspired by his thinking have been buried nearby. Ironically his ideological antithesis, the liberal political theorist Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), is buried almost directly opposite.

The V&A Museum of Childhood - with Sociology Session

Visit this fantastic museum’s exhibitions and explore a broad range of subjects relating to childhood, fashion, play and social issues. Major exhibitions, such as War Games, are large and feature around a hundred objects, interactive interpretation and multimedia. For A-level sociology groups, hour-long talks are available in the afternoons on ‘The Social Construction of Childhood’. Tailor made sessions can be requested and provided where available.

London, Sugar and Slavery Exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands

Visit this permanent exhibition that examines London’s involvement in transatlantic slavery. In the setting of this historic sugar warehouse, challenge long-held beliefs that abolition was initiated by politicians and be touched by the real objects, personal stories and vibrant art and music that have left their legacy on the capital today.

Speaker’s Corner Session

Speakers’ Corner is central to Britain’s social and political history, and it remains the world’s most famous location for open-air oratory. This event looks at basic concepts of democracy and freedom, and examines how popular protest shaped the world we live in.  Participants will learn how to: prepare a speech, train and use their voice, and hold an audience. 

Suffragette Walking Tour

Your expert guide will meet you close to where the headquarters of the Women’s Social & Political Union once was, and the tour ends at Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue. 

Along the route, which takes in some of the best-known sights of London, you will learn about major events in which the heroes were Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst, Kier Hardie, the ill-fated Emily Davison and others. The inspiring story continues through the First World War to the Suffragettes’ final victory. 

Museum of London Collection: Suffragette Material

The Museum holds the largest collection in the world of memorabilia relating to the Women’s Social & Political Union, in its 1850-1940s collection, including Emmeline Pankhurst’s Hunger Strike Medal.

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for school groups visiting the city! Catch a show at one of the capital's famous theatres with tickets to an array of award-winning plays and spectacular musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked! 

There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group. Plus, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets.

Coca-Cola London Eye

For a fantastic bird’s eye view of England’s capital city, take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Spot famed landmarks and take in the 30-mile panoramic view. Plus enjoy fantastic group prices with NST.

Educational resources are available for engineering, maths, ICT and primary school groups.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your pupils will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.

Madame Tussauds

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the excellent Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, the Queen and many, many more. So, who do you want to meet?

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects add to the immersion, as you can step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history.

Highlights of London Blue Badge Guided Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach and bring the Capital to life for your group. Sights may include Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Shard

At a height of 1,016ft, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe, and has redefined London’s skyline. High speed lifts will transport pupils to the Shard’s viewing galleries with 40 mile views across the city – at almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London.

Art Galleries

Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.

Explore Covent Garden

A trip to the capital isn’t complete without a little shopping time! We recommend Covent Garden as a suitable area for groups to explore and watch the street performers.


Evening activites

  • Bowling
  • West End Shows
  • Thames River Cruise
  • IMAX Cinema
  • Coca-Cola London Eye

Study themes

  • Memory
  • Research & Treatment Methods
  • Social Development & Influence
  • Intelligence & Learning
  • Health & Clinical Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Prejudice & Ethics
  • Depression, Stress & Addiction
  • Dysfunctional Behaviour
  • Fear
  • Phobias

Study levels

A Level

AS Level

GCSE


Expert's comment

“London offers an array of psychological experiences ranging from specialist museums to mental health visits, zoos or even a ghost tour. There are lots of opportunities for fabulous extra-curricular activities when you and your pupils can let your hair down! Choose from the wide range of possible activities or suggest your own ideas and we’ll do our very best to accommodate them.”

Cara Flanagan, NST Expert Guide Lecturer


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach

Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, with ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.

Train

We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

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  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Rick assessment guidance
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Whilst you're away

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