Psychology & Sociology Trips to London

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 the key themes on the curriculum this is an ideal way to boost attainment.

From our exclusive mental health visits and London's excellent museums and exhibitions, to the more light-hearted Jack the Ripper walking tour you can cover a diverse range of key study areas that will deepen your students understanding and bring their learning to life.

Combine this with some of the capitals favourite tourist land marks or an ever-popular west end show and you have a visit that is both enriching and educational.

 

Prices start from£69pp

Popular itinerary

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.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation Take part in a London Zoo Phobias Workshop Dinner and Jack the Ripper Tour
2 Visit the Holocaust Exhibition at Imperial War Museum Visit the Freud Museum Return Group Rail Travel
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Morning Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation
Afternoon Take part in a London Zoo Phobias Workshop
Evening Dinner and Jack the Ripper Tour
Morning Visit the Holocaust Exhibition at Imperial War Museum
Afternoon Visit the Freud Museum
Evening Return Group Rail Travel

Price Shown includes

  • Return rail travel (based on the fare from Birmingham stations)
  • 1 night B&B accommodation
  • Specialist group travel insurance
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service
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Places to Stay


Reasons to Visit

London Zoo - Phobias Workshop

This workshop explores the psychology of phobias, their symptoms and triggers.They will also be introduced to phobia treatments, using the well-established ‘ZSL Friendly Spider Programme’ as a case study. They will have the opportunity to take part in a hypnosis therapy demonstration, and experience a graduated exposure to an animal that often causes a phobic response.

London Zoo - Animal Learning & Intelligence

During this KS5 workshop, students will explore the reasons why we consider certain animals “intelligent” or “not intelligent”, and the theories surrounding how animals learn. They will discover how the zoo uses the science of learning behaviours to benefit animal welfare at the zoo - including the opportunity to observe a live animal training session, and to try out animal training techniques on each other!

The National Archives Workshops

Using the vast resources available at the National Archives students can take part in workshops where they learn how to analyse and interpret archival material through examining an original document. In "Through Hitler's Words" students analyse speeches and news articles focusing on Hitler as an orator. Applying the German sociologist Max Weber’s model of ‘charismatic authority’, students examine evidence to determine whether Hitler was a charismatic leader.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind is a leading information and learning resource for the history of mental health care and treatment. It offers permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as an archive room. Self guided visits include a short introductory talk and a visit to the museum which has sections on labelling and diagnosis, freedom and constraint, temperament, treatments and recovery.

St Paul’s Cathedral - The BIG Issues Workshop

Located within the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Education Department ensure that school groups get the very best out of their visit by offering a selection of guided tours, workshops, and self-guided trails. The BIG issues is a workshop which looks specifically at philosophy and ethics based issues for KS3-5 students.

Freud Museum

Home of Sigmund Freud and his family. The centrepiece of the museum of Freud’s study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime. The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938.

The Clink Prison Museum

The museum gives a wonderful understanding of crime and punishment through the Medieval, Tudor and Elizabethan time periods, along with a comprehensive study of a number of the social, religious and geographic issues.

The Royal Courts of Justice

The Royal Courts of Justice is home to the High Court and Court of Appeal. Students can take part in interactive and thought provoking workshop sessions linked to KS5 curricula delivered in real working court rooms. The environment and the chance to work on a real legal problem, based on a previous high court case, makes for a unique and engaging learning experience.

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is an amazing resource for school groups. As well as inspiring a sense of discovery and creativity, their wide-ranging, cross-curricular workshops encourage students of all backgrounds and faiths to explore Jewish culture, heritage and faith as part of the wider story of Britain. They have an extensive programme of workshops, including Investigating the Holocaust and Discovering Judaism.

The Holocaust Exhibition at the IWM

This award-winning exhibition traces the Nazi persecution and murder of Europe’s Jews from 1933 to 1945. Audio guides help students navigate their way through a chronological narrative of the Holocaust and tailored teaching sessions can be added to explore how Hitler’s ideas spread throughout the country, ultimately affecting people all around the world.

The Foundling Museum

The Museum runs a varied and exciting learning programme for schools that encourages participants to critically engage with the eighteenth century and the history of the Foundling Hospital. The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity that was established in 1741 and celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children's lives for over 270 years.

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

Featuring over 12,000 original items, the museum is a great addition to any Psychology trip to London, located just off the famous Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Discover how well-loved brands evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising. Student Worksheets are available for a variety of subject areas including Advertising and Visual Communication.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

In the autumn of 1888 a series of brutal murders in the East End of London sent shockwaves around the civilised world.  The murderer was never caught, but, at the height of the panic, a letter signed "Jack the Ripper" was received by a London news agency and the criminal legend was born.


Guided by acknowledged experts, many of whom have written on the subject, this unique and highly original Jack the Ripper walking tour will transport you back to an era when terror lurked in the shadows and the whole of London walked in fear.  You will get an insight into the mindset of this renowned murderer and map his trail of terror.  As you walk in the footsteps of the Victorian police you will discover the problems they faced as they pursue the Ripper through Whitechapel. 

 

British Psychoanalytical Society

Exclusive to EST

The British Psychoanalytical Society is an internationally renowned centre of excellence, dedicated to helping people enhance their lives through intensive talking therapy.  Their members have helped set up and develop clinics in the National Health Services, such as the Tavistock Clinic, The Portman Clinic and the Maudsley Hospital.

Depending on your itinerary and budget choose from:

Careers in Mental Health talk (2 hours): Two-hour long visit covering a topic of interest as identified by the teacher and students plus a talk on careers in psychology.

‘Being a clinical psychologist’ Experience day (Four hours): Students have the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to work as a clinician. Experience days are limited to a maximum of 20 students. A certificate of participation is awarded and the course can be tailored to suit the desired learning outcomes for each group.

Centre of Clinical Hypnotherapy Workshops

Discover how hypnosis is practised as a form of therapy to treat a number of disorders.  Led by experienced practisioners these 90 minutes sessions can cover your preferred area of study, choose from:

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

 

Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS)

Dr. Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, is a sleep expert with more than 30 years’ experience in the field.  During a 90 minute session, a sleep expert will explore the fascinating psychological disorders associated with sleep.  You can focus on any of the following topics to meet the requirements of your group:

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Dreaming
  • Mental Illness & Sleep
  • Sleep & the Law
  • The Brain During Sleep
  • Sleep & the Law

West End Theatre Tickets

The majority of student groups who visit London like to round off their trip by seeing a show. We can also book pre-theatre meals at nearby restaurants for you. Save up to 50% on the normal ticket price by attending a midweek (Mon-Thurs) evening or matinee performance. The majority of top West End shows offer these affordable discounted tickets to student groups year round (excluding school holiday dates).

Wicked

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WITCHES OF OZ...

WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED is suitable for a general audience. As a guide to parents and guardians, it is recommended for ages 7+

(Source: https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/london/about/synopsis)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

School of Rock

Based on the cult film and with a rocking new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock follows slacker Dewey Finn as he turns a class of straight – A  students into an ear-popping, riff-scorching, all-conquering rock band! As they prepare for the Battle of the Bands, can Dewey make them embrace the empowering message of rock?

Recommended for ages 8 and above.

(source: https://schoolofrockthemusical.com/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Matilda the Musical

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Recommended for ages 6 and above.

(Source: https://uk.matildathemusical.com/about/the-story/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Mary Poppins

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins returns to the Prince Edward Theatre, it's original West End home, this October.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. 

(Source: https://disney.co.uk/shows/mary-poppins-musical-tickets)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

The Lion King

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi award-winning musical uses breath-taking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

(Source: https://disney.co.uk/shows/the-lion-king-musical-tickets)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Mamma Mia!

Set on a Greek Island Paradise, the story of a daughter on the eve of her wedding and her quest to discover the identify of her father, all set to the music of ABBA.

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

Recommended for ages 14 and above

(source: https://www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Waitress

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. 

Suitable for 13 years plus

(Source: https://waitressthemusical.co.uk/about/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Coca-Cola London Eye

The famous Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the world’s highest observation wheels, standing at 135 metres high. The wheel has thirty-two capsules, each of which holds 25 people and views possible as far away as twenty-five miles on a clear day.

Sightseeing Tours by bus

Hop-on hop-off bus tours are great for general sightseeing, giving access to all the major sites. Departing from Grosvenor Gardens it includes Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, London Eye and Piccadilly Circus.

Thames River Cruises

A great opportunity for you to discover the 'must-see' sights in London. Watch as the River Thames weaves its way through the heart of London and see the history of this city around every bend. Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier.

The London Dungeons

Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the capital's history within the deep depths of the London Dungeons.

The Emirates Air Line

Rising to a height of 90 metres, Emirates Air Line offers you an exciting 1.1km cable car journey across the Thames on the UK’s only urban cable car. Emirates Air Line connects the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions with over 400 wax works of celebrities, politicians, pop stars and actors.   A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!

Downloadable lesson plans are available to enhance and support your visit which will explore the media, fake news and celebrity culture.   

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames, was built between 1886 and 1894 and is an iconic symbol of London with its two towers and bridge deck which opens to allow tall ships through. You can walk across the lower bridge deck but the twin towers and high-level glass walkways and Victorian engine rooms are part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford which is the iconic structure of the London 2012 Games and has the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world. 

Take the lift up to the viewing platform, 80 meters high, and after marvelling at the view take the slide down which lasts a thrilling 40 seconds! Go back to the top and take some time learning about the city on the interactive touchscreens or making use of the free Key Stage 1-4 resources before walking back down the winding staircase with its 455 steps.

You can book with or without the slide and you can choose to stay the whole day in the park by taking a behind the scenes tour at the iconic London Stadium, swimming at the London Aquatics Centre or visiting the Lee Valley Velopark; alternatively, explore the parklands and waterways with a local Blue Badge guide.

The Shard

The view from the Shard is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, where you can take in all of London at once with 360 degree views of up to 40 miles long.


Curriculum Topics

Key Stage 4

  • Impact of social, cultural, scientific issues on everyday life
  • Social learning, conditioning and phobias
  • Biological and social causes of criminality

Key Stage 5

  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Social Influence
  • Research Methods

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What you say

The Freud Museum was really engaging and informative which meant students were able to get much more from the visit and overall this was a real highlight. Fantastic service, thanks to Hollie and Remi for all of their help organising and planning a successful trip.  East Norfolk 6th Form College

Once again delighted with the service we have received from beginning to end with EST.  Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

I will continue to use EST as each year our annual London trip gets better and better.  Kings Leadership Academy

An excellent trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students. I received great support throughout. Sir John Deanes College

This was my second journey via European Study tours and I would highly recommend the company to anyone bringing groups to London.  Pianca School