Where better to study American History and Politics than the capital of the USA. A popular visit for KS5 History students who are focusing on US History topics. It is also suitable for SQA Higher & Advanced Higher studies.

When you visit Washington your KS5 History students can explore key topics starting with the American Civil War, through the Wall Street Crash and the Depression, to the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War right up to the present day politics and policies of the US Government.

Seat of government in the most powerful country in the world, Washington is home to the White House, the US Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon, as well as iconic memorials to former Presidents and the fallen of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Meeting exam board specifications

All content is mapped against the major English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland examination specifications.

For 16 to 18 year old students of:

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Tour Details

Sample Itinerary

Day 1


Depart UK Morning flight to Washington and transfer to your accommodation.


Arrive Washington and transfer to accommodation.


Free time for orientation and evening meal at Buca di Beppo

Day 2


Guided walking tour of the historical sites and memorials (including the Lincoln Memorial steps to see where Marin Luther King gave his infamous 'I Have a Dream' speech).


Free time to visit Arlington National Cemetery.


Evening meal at Ben's Chilli Bowl

Day 3


Guided walking tour of the political sites focusing on the Capitol Buildings.


Visit to the National Air and Space Museum and on to the National Archives to view the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.


Restaurant evening meal at Hard Rock Cafe

Day 4


Visit to the Museum of American History and Museum of African American History & Culture


Transfer to airport for overnight return flight to the UK.

Day 5


Arrive UK

Curricular Links

AQA A Level

  • The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975
  • The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945–1980

Pearson Edexcel A Level

  • In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96
  • The USA, c1920–55: boom, bust and recovery
  • Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009

OCR A Level

  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992



  • European and world: Part G: USA, 1918-1968

Advanced Higher

  • USA: ‘a house divided’, 1850–65


  • Non-British Study in Depth: The USA: A Nation of Contrasts, 1910-1931
  • Period Study. The Development of the USA, 1929-2002



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