Trips to London for Psychology & Sociology Students
London is a great value and easily accessible destination for your Psychology & Sociology students with a variety of workshops at some of the Capital's best attractions which explore key themes on the curriculum. There are a number of recommended additions to your study trip to London including the Bethlem Museum of the Mind as a great learning resource for the history of mental health care and treatment and also London Zoo, where their workshops explore the psychology of phobias, their symptoms and triggers.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Executive coach transfer to your accommodation||Bethlem Museum of the Mind||Jack the Ripper Tour|
|2||Freud Museum||Karl Marx Walking Tour||Executive coach transfer home|
|Morning||Executive coach transfer to your accommodation|
|Afternoon||Bethlem Museum of the Mind|
|Evening||Jack the Ripper Tour|
|Afternoon||Karl Marx Walking Tour|
|Evening||Executive coach transfer home|
Price Shown includes
- 1 night’s bed & breakfast accommodation
- Executive coach transport from & to college & throughout your stay
- Group travel insurance
- 1 in 10 free place ratio
The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.
Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a selected departure point on selected dates and is subject to availability.
On-tour support includes...
- Services of a StudyLink Representative to provide 24-hour emergency assistance
Additional on-tour support available...
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
- Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets
- Services of a Local Guide
Top visits for college groups in London
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.
Delve into the darker corners of the mind at the final home of the father of modern psychology!
The Freud Museum was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family after they were forced to flee Nazi-occupied Vienna. Students can discover the man behind the theories through his intriguing consulting room, his extraordinary collection of antiquities, and his world-famous psychoanalytic couch.
The Museum has a dedicated Education Team who are passionate about Freud and his work. Facilitated visits include an introduction to the house, and a tailored discussion at the end of the visit to help students understand Freud’s approach and assist with exam preparation.
Students can also explore Freud’s ideas with a new series of specially produced educational films, created for A-Level students learning about the psychodynamic approach.
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.
The Science Museum is packed with awe-inspiring galleries, interactive resources and inspirational exhibitions. Your students can explore the hands-on galleries which cover a wide range of subjects areas including:
Wonderlab - Science and Maths:
Inspired by the power of wondering, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery will ignite curiosity in science and maths through more than 50 cutting edge exhibits and immersive experiences. Along with high-energy shows, live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, live lightning demos at our giant Tesla coil, plus our brilliant Explainers to facilitate engagement, a school trip to Wonderlab is a must for KS2 and KS3 students. The gallery will enrich learning across the curriculum themes of forces, electricity, light, sound, matter, space and maths. The exhibits will encourage students to be curious, to look at close details and to be creative – skills that are invaluable to scientists.
‘Who am I?’ - find out what makes you in this gallery that mixes intriguing objects with interactive exhibits.
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.
Natural History Museum
On a Natural History Museum school trip, your students 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 students an understanding of the impact that science has on their lives.
Exploring the human biology gallery, which covers memory and how our memory functions and an insight into the human body.
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 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.
The Clink Prison Museum
During an educational tour of this unique and medieval prison, which dates back to the 12th century, your students 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.
Old Bailey Insight Tour
A morning talk at the Viaduct Tavern opposite the Old Bailey, which includes a hot drink and a croissant. Hear about the fascinating history of the Old Bailey, and the places of interest around it, such as the pub where wealthy people rented rooms to get the best view of the public executions and an exclusive view of the old Newgate Prison gaol cells. Afterward, we can direct you straight to the most interesting cases on at the Old Bailey that day. For schools, colleges and universities, a special teachers’ information pack is available which includes a history of the Old Bailey and an Old Bailey timeline.
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.
- 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 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. Students 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. Students will look at the role of belief, ritual and prayer in the face of adversity. Students will explore religious objects and the texts as a springboard for discussion. This workshop is recommended for students in years 9-13.
Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS) session
During a 90 minute session with a sleep expert from the Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS), students will explore the links between sleep and wakefulness. Created by Dr Chris Idzikowski, the country's leading expert in sleep and director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, this unique session draws on his experience of more than 30 years in the field which includes running a sleep disorders centre, investigating the effects of drugs on sleep, giving expert advice at major criminal trials and publishing several books.
You can choose to focus on a range of study themes including: Sleep Research, Sleep Disorders; Sleep and the Law; Sleep and dreaming, Mental Illness and Sleep. Your session can be tailored to suit the specific learning requirements of your group. For example, for GCSE groups "Sleep research" can be turned into an opportunity to learn about "Research methods" used in psychological research.
Spend time with over 750 species on a London Zoo school trip. Immerse students in the sights, sounds and experiences of life in the animal kingdom.
Imperial War Museum
After a major redevelopment in 2014, the museum now features groundbreaking new WWI Galleries which will present the story - how it started, why it continued and its global impact - through the lives of those who experienced it on both the front line and the home front. The Witness to War atrium displays iconic larger objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from above.
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 and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The lastminute.com London Eye
A classroom with a moving view! Standing 135m tall on the South Bank of the River Thames, nothing says iconic like The lastminute.com London Eye.
Since 2000, this world-famous structure has taken over 75million people on a journey into London’s skyline. Be Inspired with our Skyline Workshops. At an additional cost, these enhanced in-pod experiences are delivered by our education hosts and include interactive activities and interesting facts on London's iconic skyline.
Developed in collaboration with education specialists, teachers can book either a KS2/KS3 version.
Thames River Cruise
Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your students 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.
West End Shows
A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for 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.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Your Harry Potter World school trip is located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.
45 minute workshops are also available, covering Art and Design, Business Studies, English and Drama, Film and Media and STEM subjects, as well as Primary.
The world’s largest collection of decorative and applied arts. Some areas focus on the history of costume and are of particular interest to pupils studying textiles. The holdings of ceramics, glass, costumes, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, prints and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.
Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.
The Tower of London
Help to develop pupils’ understanding on the nature of authority and attitudes to crime and punishment in the early modern period on their school trip to Tower of London. An ideal opportunity for a more in-depth study of Guy Fawkes and his attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
The London Dungeon has been delighting audiences for over 40 years and brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, scenes and rides in an exciting walk-through experience that lets you see, hear and smell historic London and its perilous past. Get pupils thinking about spoken language and stage directions as they review script writing and explore the physical creation of a show as they look at the design process, including room layout, make-up and costume design and highlight the importance of historical accuracy in relation to topic, characters and set design.
The world of the Media is a creative and inspiring one, where ideas combine with drama, excitement and humour to keep us entertained and engaged. A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!
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.
BodyWorlds London is the perfect place for your trip. The plastinates and thought-provoking interactives will educate and challenge students, making it possible for the entire group to study the inner workings of the human body into great detail – up to the smallest hair vein! There are more than 200 exhibits, spread over six galleries, split into the following sections: Locomotive System, Cardiovascular System, Reproductive System, Nervous System, Digestive System and the Respiratory System. The museum experience educates about the inner workings of the human body, showing the effects that daily lifestyle choices have on our health. Set up in the former home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, BodyWorlds offers comprehensive education packs to guide students and teachers during their visit, catering for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. All are linked to the National Curriculum. An unforgettable field trip your group will be talking about for years to come!
The Zimbardo Conference - 19th, 20th, 23rd & 24th March 2020
Dr Philip Zimbardo is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.
His keynote speech for the conference is ‘My journey from creating evil to inspiring heroism’. Sharing his views on the nature of evil, Zimbardo will 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 (TBC):
Professor David Wilson - Saving Face Through Murder
Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University. He recently presented the Channel 5 series Killers Behind Bars.
Phil Banyard - Who Am I?
Author, former Chief Examiner OCR and Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.
Cara Flanagan - Validity & Ecological Validity
Author of A-level psychology books and experienced Senior Examiner.
Wilson’s Criminology and Policing Conference – 3rd February 2020
Ideal for A-Level groups, Professor David Wilson (one of the country’s leading criminologists, author and TV Presenter) will look at offender profiling from its original FBI beginnings through to Investigative Psychology. The conference will use a case study approach by discussing the Ipswich serial murders in 2006 and include a question and answer session.
Experts speaking on the day include:
Elizabeth Yardley is a Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham City University.
Making a murderer - Using the case of spree killer Joanne Dennehy, who murdered three men and tried to kill two others in 2013, Professor Yardley will look at explanations for offender behaviour, including biological, psychological and sociological approaches. Was Joanne Dennehy 'born bad'? If not, what factors contributed to her decision to kill?
Graham Pike is Professor of Forensic Cognition at The Open University and Director of Research for the Centre for Policing Research and Learning.
Exploring miscarriages of justice - What happens when the criminal justice system goes wrong? In this talk we will explore the reasons why innocent people are sent to prison, look at cases of wrongful convictions and test the eyewitness powers of the audience.
James Treadwell is Professor in Criminology at Staffordshire University.
The myth and realities of prisons - While prisons are often the focus of media reporting and representation, the realities of contemporary imprisonment in England and Wales are often not well discussed. Drawing on Professor Treadwell's research in Prisons, this talk will consider the place, role, function and realities of prison in England and Wales today, and how criminologists seek to understand and make sense of imprisonment.
Jackie Malton Ex Detective Chief Inspector Metropolitan Police and role model for award winning series Prime Suspect.
A personal journey into policing - Jackie describes her personal experience of policing from the 70’s into the 21st Century.
David Wilson talking with (ex) offender Noel ‘Razor’ Smith
In this inter-active session, David will be in discussion with Noel, once Britain’s most prolific bank robber who has spent much of his life in and out of prisons. Noel will discuss his journey into crime and how the pioneering work at HMP Grendon helped him to change direction. Now an author and a journalist for the national prison newspaper Inside Time, Noel has been clinically diagnosed as a ‘psychopath’. How has that label had an impact on his life and career?
- The lastminute.com London Eye
- View from The Shard
- Thames River Cruise
- West End show
- Jack the Ripper tour