Lucky students studying A Levels in History and Politics descended on London recently to visit the historic Houses of Parliament. 45 students took advantage of the opportunity to bring their courses to life by looking behind the scenes at the home of British power and law making.
After successfully making their way through security, Cadbury College students were given a special guided tour around the Palace of Westminster. Students were taken behind the scenes of both Houses of Parliament which have been the seat of British Government since Medieval times, walking in the footsteps of leading political and historical figures from Henry VIII to Winston Churchill. Cadbury students were also fortunate to sit through live debates with elected officials in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. In the Lords they saw local peer, Lord of Kings Heath Philip Hunt, debate for reforms to student tuition fees, an issue important to many of our aspiring university students.
Cadbury College students in the Houses of Parliament
Cadbury College students talking to politicians
Cadbury College students talking to Labour Politician Richard Burden
After taking in the tour and sparked by the live debates they’d just witnessed, Cadbury students took part in their own political speed debate workshop, allowing them to get up close and personal with current politicians and peers from all the major parties. Joining Cadbury College students in the debate were local Birmingham MPs Richard Burden and Jess Philips who faced particular scrutiny and questioning from their local constituents who’d travelled down from Cadbury College. Head of History and Politics, Charlotte Mason, commented "It was fantastic to be able to take such a large group of our students on this trip and they were a credit to Cadbury College. They came away buzzing and having gained a real insight into the history of the Houses of Parliament and how the political system works.”
All the students who took part valued the experience of seeing what they’ve been studying in the classroom come to life in the real world and the opportunity to deepen their understanding ahead of their exams. If you’re interested in Politics or History, then our A Level courses will be perfect for you and are two subjects that are highly regarded by both Universities and Employers alike.
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