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Psychology & Sociology school trips to London
A visit to the capital city offers immense value to Psychology and Sociology students and is an ideal way to boost AO1 and AO2 grades. We can tailor an itinerary to your group's exact requirements, including travel, accommodation, visits and meals. From the Freud Museum and Bedlam to health related and crime and punishment visits, you can cover a wide range of key study topics in and around central London. Plus, we can take your group to the Science and Pseudoscience Conference on 9th December 2013. Click on the 'Visits' tab below for more information.
You’ll find our most popular itinerary choice(s) below, but we can tailor-make yours from scratch to meet your exact requirements…
London - 2 days from £99pp
Travelling in February 2014. Price includes executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay, 1 night's B&B accommodation, group travel insurance and a generous 1 in 8 free place ratio.
And then add our most popular itinerary package below for £30*pp
|*Prices shown based on 40 paying passengers from departure point south of the M62 & are subject to availability.|
Our most popular visits in London for Psychology & Sociology school trips
Here are some of our most popular visits in London for Psychology & Sociology groups. We can tailor-make an itinerary to your exact needs. Call 0845 688 8988 to create your itinerary from scratch today.
Mental Health Related Visits
The home of Sigmund Freud and his family until 1982, this museum helps students to understand Freud’s approach and aids exam knowledge. Students can explore the resources of the museum, see Freud's study and consulting room, and discuss Freud's work at times when the museum is closed to the general public (on Mondays and Tuesdays). The museum can provide your group with tailored discussion sessions based on pre-set worksheets on a range of psychoanalytic topics. Self-guided audio tours are also available Wednesday-Sunday, which last around 90 minutes, however a guide can also be requested on these days (subject to availability).
Maudsley Hospital Workshops - NEW and only available with NST
New dates selling fast! Remaining half days: 18th April, 10th May, 13th June 2014
The largest mental Health training Institution in the country, Maudsley Hospital is a world leader in mental health research, working in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College. During a full day visit here, students will take part in a welcome and introductory session where they will learn about the history of Maudsley, the development of mental health services and how these are delivered today, and also the development of psychology in applied healthcare and role of psychologists in today’s mental health services. Your group will then have the opportunity to discuss two topics of your choice with professionals (for example, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions) and will be taken on a tour of the hospital and the brain scanner.
A full day visit to Maudsley includes lunch and is designed for a maximum of 40 students.
Bethlem (Bedlam) Royal Hospital Discussion - NEW and only available with NST
The team at Bethlem Archives and Museum are able to provide NST groups with a fascinating 2 hour session in central London whilst their education department is currently being rehoused. This would include the history of the hospital and mental health treatment from the foundation of Bethlem (the original Bedlam) to the present day and a workshop based on a key paintingfrom the museum collection (e.g. The Maze). There will also be time for a general question and answer session.
Centre of Clinical Hypnothearpy Workshops - NEW and only available with NST
These exciting 2 hour workshops are exclusive to NST. Designed to explore further key areas of the curriculum, these informative and fun workshops take place in central London. Hypnosis can be involved in the sessions for volunteers over 16 subject to teacher approval. The workshops can be tailored to the following study themes;
- Stress and Anxiety
- Eating Disorders
London Sleep Clinic Talks – NEW and only available to NST
These informative 90 minute sessions delivered by an expert from The London Sleep Clinic and can focus on a range of relevant study themes, which can be tailored specifically to your groups requirements. Talks take place in a central London meeting room Suggested topics include;
- Sleep disorders: insomnia, sleepwalking and narcolepsy.
- Dreaming including Dement and Kleitman Research
- The brain during sleep
- Mental Illness and sleep
Crime and Punishment Related Visits
The Old Bailey & Lincoln's Inn, Visit, talk and Court Sessions (14years+) - NEW
Meet your speaker who will provide a short talk about the court before showing you the legal costume exhibition before visiting Court 4 (space permitting) to listen to a criminal appeal. Next is Lincoln Inn Fields for a brief talk about the area before visiting Lincolns Inn, where many of the country's top barristers have their chambers. The tour finishes at the Old Bailey with a talk about the history of the court. Students are then given a full list of every case on in the 18 courts so groups can choose which case to observe after a break for lunch. The court opens for its afternoon session at 2pm when groups can take their pick of the criminal cases on and leave whenever they like. The Old Bailey courts rise between 4 and 4.30pm.
The Royal Courts of Justice –Tour, Mock Trail and Discussion -NEW
This exciting, interactive half day visit will have your group talking for weeks. Groups will be guided around the main Royal Courts of Justice building including the Great Hall, the Painted Room and the Bear Garden and even pass the Lord Chief Justice’s Court Room before finishing in the Costume Gallery (1 hr). Next, your groups will truly experience the justice system as they take on the roles of judge, jury, barristers, witnesses and defendant and act out a real case in the original courtrooms. The jury must make their decision based on the evidence presented and have the opportunity to overturn historical judgments or suggest harsher punishments! The 1 hr Mock Trail choices include;
- William Saville – Explores the issues surrounding Capital Punishment
- Blazing Car Murder – A murder case set in the 1930′s
- Scott Green – Explores the issues surrounding Contemprary drugs
- The Suffragettes –Wrongly arrested or are they playing a cynical publicity game?
Afterwards, your group will develop the ideas and issues raised in your courtroom workshop further and participate in a group debate (40 mins). Students will learn to build and deliver an argument as well as counter and refute their opposition’s arguments.
Forensic Outreach Sessions – NEW
Explore the world of Forensic Psychology in these interactive 70 minute sessions which can be tailored to meet your own groups requirements.
Criminal Psychology - only available to NST. Dive inside the minds of forensic investigators, criminals and victims in this fascinating session. Debate how useful psychology is in a forensic context before trying to unravel your own psychological mystery. Instructions, worksheets and any relevant equipment are provided.
Adventures in CSI: A riveting introduction to forensic science and the daily life of forensic scientist. Learn how to conduct an investigation alongside the police, venture into crime science, and head to court to testify as an expert.
Other options include: Careers in Forensic Science, Fingerprinting and more!
The Clink Prison Museum Tours – NEW
Take an educational tour of this unique and Medieval prison visit dating back to the 12th Century. Students will have the opportunity to handle original historical torture artefacts relating to crime and punishment, used in the prison and witness the terrible conditions of the time and learn of its involvement in many major events through audio& visual presentations and your guide. The tour last 45 minutes with free time to explore the museum alone after.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tours - see below
Additional Crime & Punishment Visits
Original materials provide a chance to learn how attitudes have changed over time.
- National Archives – Attend a crime and punishment workshop.
- Tower of London – Ethical consideration of attitudes towards crime.
- Museum of London - Understand punishment changes since Roman Britain
Fear Related Visits
Jack the Ripper Walking Tours
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. A popular visit for Psychology groups, this 1¾ hour tour will thrill your students.
The Ghost Bus Tours – NEW
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. Tours depart central London at 7:30pm, 9:30pm or a private tour can be arranged at any time at a reduced rate and local pick up
History is brought to life in chilling reality. The Dungeon will reinforce your students’ 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.
Sociology Specific Visits
Karl Marx Walking Tour (2-2.5 hours) - New and only available with NST
Take a 2 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. Your expert guide will combine their extensive knowledge with the entertaining style of a storyteller as they explain the intellectual influences of the time and delve into the secrets Karl Marx's ideas. 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.. You can also hear about Engels, his friend, co-thinker and fellow revolutionary.
Karl Marx Talk (90 mins) - New and only available with NST
We highly recommend the Karl Marx Walking Tour, however if you just wish to hear from an Karl Marx expert in an indoor location, we can arrange fro a talk covering your key areas of interest at a central London location.
Highgate Cemetery: Karl Marx’s Burial & Memorial Site Tour
Take a private group tour of this 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.
Suffragette Walking Tour (2 hours) – NEW and only available with NST
Your expert guide will meet you close to where the headquarters of the Women's Social & Political Union once was, and 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. Hear about the shocking conditions endured in prison, the horrors of force-feeding, and be touched by tales of their immense courage! The inspiring story continues through the First World War to the Suffragettes' final victory. Walks can be tailored to your group in terms of content and start time.
Suffragettes tailored Talk (90 mins) – NEW and only available with NST
We can also provide tailor-made talks from a topic expert on the area of the Suffragettes you are studying for example the ‘Cat & Mouse Act’ or in depth analysis into the reasons behind women finally winning the vote. Just request your study focus from us.
Museum of London Collection: Suffragette Material
The Musem holds the largest collection in the world of memorabilia relating to the Women's Social & Political Union, in its 1850’s -1940’ collection, including Emmeline Pankhurst’s Hunger Strike Medal.
Slave Trade & the Movement for Abolition Walking Tour (2 hours) -New and only available with NST
London was at the centre of the British slave trade and its abolition. Your expert guide will introduce students to key characters involved in the trade and its abolition in the City of London, describe the founding father of the slave trade both as a human being and as the agent of barbaric exploits. The role of sugar in the slave trade triangle will be explained you'll see where it was off-loaded and taxed on the banks of the Thames.
Students will then be taken through the alleyways of London to a coffee shop where slave cargos were organised and slave plantations were bought and sold before visiting buildings where today's modern financial institutions made vast profits from slavery. You will also be taken to the Guildhall -the historic centre of power in the City of London, to discuss the Zong trial where slaves were murdered to claim insurance. Visit the church where a former slave trader preached against slavery and the location where the movement for abolition had its headquarters, where your guide will describe the campaign, its leaders and its eventual victory.
London, Sugar and Slavery Exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands - NEW
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. We recommend an hour to 90 minutes visit.
The V&A Museum of Childhood -with Sociology Session -NEW
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 1 hour talks available in the afternoons on 'The Social Construction of Childhood', or 'Investigating Victorian Children' for GCSE students. Tailor made sessions can be requested and provided where available. We recommend a 90 minuite visit or if adding a talk, 2 1/2 hours.
Billy Elliot the Musical
This heart-warming and inspirational story of one young boy's struggle to realise his dream also provides great discussion points on Social class and more for your students. NST has great access to all of London's top shows at fantastic group rates.
Other Educational Visits
The Zimbardo Conference -24, 25, or 26th February 2014
Last 150 places remaining for 24th February- other dates sold out!
Dr Philip Zimbardo will share his views on the nature of evil, revisit the Milgram obedience studies, his Stanford Prison experiment, take us to the torture dungeon at Iraq's Abu Ghraib, and describe why it is essential to understand not only individual temperament, but also situational forces and powerful system influences that create, justify and maintain, evil-generating situations. Other speakers include Cristina Maslach, Phil Banyard, Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan.
Science & Pseudoscience Conference - 9th December 2013 -SOLD OUT IN LONDON
This exciting confernece aims to educate, entertain and enthuse your students facilitating an understanding of Science and increasing their motivation for studying Psychology. Speakers (subject to confiormation) include;
Richard Wiseman, Andrew Newton (Hypnotism) , Peter Lovatt (aka Dr Dance), Sarah Scott - Laughter, Phil Banyard, Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan.
Places still avaialable in Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh. Please contacts us for further details and to reserve your group's place.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising – NEW
What makes us buy certain products? Discover how well-loved brands evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising, and how we evolved with them. Worksheets can be completed during the visit on topics including advertising, packaging and marketing. Evocative and inspiring, it’s a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands featuring over 12,000 original itemscome Collection
ZSL London Zoo
Visit this fantastic zoo in the heart of London, observe the animals and combine with a choice of educational sessions designed to match your curriculum requirements. Call us for details.
London Science Museum: Psychology Focussed Galleries
This fantastic museum offers five object rich galleries to intrigue your KS4 and KS5 Psychology students, including:
• Psychology: Mind Your Head • In Future • Who Am I? • Health Matters • The Science of Art & Medicine
The Natural History Museum
Visit the new Darwin Centre and watch a pre-booked 50 minute interactive film in the 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.
The Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum
The informative Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum uses 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 cafe is also available on site for lunch, if required.
The Jewish Museum
This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. Tailor-made educational workshops available include Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness and Faith & the Holocaust.
• Meet a Holocaust Survivor - The Jewish Museum offers the rare opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor and hear their testimony. This is an experience that students and staff will never forget.
The Wellcome Collection
The Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections and provides insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society - past and present. Free guided tours of exhibitions are available for pre-booked groups.
Below, you'll find some of our most popular accommodation options for school groups.
This is just a sample of our full range, so for full details of all properties available, please call 0845 688 8988 to speak to one of our Educational Travel Advisors today.
This hotel was purpose built in 1961 and was largely renovated in 1999 with further work undertaken in 2010. The building has 5 floors with bedrooms on floors 3 - 5. The entire building is extremely presentable.
Meininger Hotel London Hyde Park
An ideally located centre in London offering a unique blend of high quality accommodation, full meal options and a large selection of conference rooms. The property has been specifically developed with school and student clientele in mind.
65-67 Queen’s Gate
262 beds, 48 rooms
The centre is superbly situated in South Kensington, on the corner of Queen’s Gate and Cromwell Road. It is directly opposite the Natural History Museum and, hence, very close to other major museums. The nearest tube stations are Gloucester Rd and South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines), which are both within 10 minutes walk from the centre.
- 24-hour Reception
- Lobby and coffee bar
- Small museum dedicated to Baden-Powell
- Small shop
- Vending machine
- CCTV covering public areas
- Self-service dining room located on the first floor. This room can also be used in the evenings for filming if reserved in advance (bring your own laptop and DVD’s)
- Roof garden on the second floor
- Conference / meeting facilities (subject to fees)
- WiFi access in public areas (subject to fees)
- Coach parking is available in Earl’s Court. Coaches can drop off and pick up directly outside the centre
- Non smoking hotel
- Access to rooms with secure keycard system
- Introductory welcome talk covering the services and facilities for school groups
- Disabled facilities: 3 specially adapted rooms for disabled guests can be found on the third and fourth floors of the centre. The bathroom serving these rooms is located directly opposite
- 4-12 bedded rooms (Bunk beds)
- En suite facilities (2 bathroom pods for rooms with 12 students, 1 bathroom pod for all other room types)
- Air conditioning / central heating
- Flat screen TV
- Towels and bedding provided
- Individual lockers are provided in all the 6-12 bedded rooms
- En suite facilities
- Air conditioning / central heating
- Flat screen TV
- Towels and bedding provided
Twin rooms are provided for accompanying staff in line with our booking conditions. (Please note the number of single rooms is very limited and single rooms cannot always be guaranteed).
A purpose-built hostel offering clean accommodation.
This youth hostel offers basic accommodation and good facilities for groups at a very reasonable price.
20 Salter Road
320 guests in 70 rooms over 4 floors.
The hostel was opened in 1991 and is situated in a residential area on the South Bank of the River Thames, approximately 2 kilometres from the Tower of London, London Dungeons and Tower Bridge. A regular bus service runs to the hostel and a tube connection is possible at Canada Water, approximately 12 minutes’ walk from the hostel. The nearest over-ground station is Rotherhithe, which is approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the hostel.
- Reception and night manager on duty
- Café-bar with internet access
- Meeting/conference facilities
- Tourist information
- TV Lounge
- Vending machines
- Drinking fountains can be found on each floor
- Games machines
- Secure locker room
- 2 Lifts
- 2 Payphones
- Free coach parking nearby
- Disabled facilities: 2 rooms on each floor have been adapted for disabled use and have grab rails and shower seating in the bathrooms. All areas of the hostel are wheelchair accessible. Medication can be kept in a refrigerator.
- 4-10 bedded rooms using bunk beds
- En-suite facilities
- One locker per bed
- It is YHA policy to allocate same sex staff in multi bedded rooms to ensure maximum occupancy (i.e. 4 female staff allocated four bedded room)
- En-suite facilities
- One locker per bed
- Tea & coffee-making facilities
A very large, purpose-built hotel.
A large, busy hotel offering a good standard of accommodation in a central location. The hotel offers a good range of facilities and represents value for money.
3500 guests in 1630 rooms over 7 floors.
The Royal National is located 5 minutes’ walk from Russell Square, close to Oxford Street, Covent Garden and many theatres. It is also conveniently situated for easy access to the underground system, the nearest station being Russell Square (a 4-5 minute walk away).
- 24-hour reception with night porters
- Meeting rooms
- Coffee shop
- Drinks and snack machines
- Gift shop
- Bureau de change
- Safe storage area
- Luggage room (incurs small charge)
- Safety deposit boxes
- Disabled facilities: All areas of the hotel (including lift) are wheelchair accessible. 10 rooms on various floors have been adapted for use by disabled guests including grab bars fitted in bathrooms.
- 2-3 bedded rooms – pull-out/foldaway beds may be used
- En-suite facilities
- Tea & coffee-making facilities
- En-suite facilities
- T ea& coffee-making facilities
A noise/security deposit is required at this accommodation. The amount is £20.00 per student. In the first instance, this amount will be charged to NST and, should any problems arise (such as excessive noise or poor behaviour or damage to the areas occupied by the group), this charge will in-turn be passed onto the group for payment.
We can pre-book your meals at our great group prices to help your itinerary run smoothly. Popular options include1:
- Planet Hollywood
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Pizza Hut
- Rainforest Cafe
... and more!
Plus, we can even provide a choice of packed lunches for your group throughout their stay.