The seat of government in the most powerful country in the world, BTEC students can learn do much about the political system of the USA. It is also suitable for SQA Higher & Advanced Higher studies.

Washington is home to the Whitehouse, U.S Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and The Pentagon, as well as iconic memorials to presidents and the victims of war. Washington has a wide range of visits available for students of Law and Politics that will open their eyes to how the country is run. The Library of Congress, US Capitol, Supreme Court and the Pentagon are all open and free for visitors. You can also choose to visit the White House Visitor Centre to complete the visit to Government buildings.

Your students can also go to the World Bank Visitor Centre, which showcases the World Bank Group’s efforts to end poverty and boost shared prosperity for the world’s poorest people. Guided tours can be arranged here and also a discussion with a World Bank Group expert on a specific subject matter, for example, economy, poverty, gender, private sector development.

Whilst in Washington a guided historical walking tour is recommended so that your students can see the numerous iconic memorials that park America's tumultuous past. 

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:


Tour Details

Sample itinerary

Day 1


Depart UK


Arrive Washington and check in to accommodation


Free time for orientation and evening meal at Ben's Chili Bowl

Day 2


Guided walking tour of the historical sites and memorials


Free time at the Supreme Court where the ground floor and first floor areas are open to visitors


Evening meal at Buca di Beppo

Day 3


Guided walking tour of the political sites


Guided tour of the US Capitol and Visitor Center


Restaurant meal at Hard Rock Cafe

Day 4


Visit to the National Archives to view the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and time permitting move on to the National Air and Space Museum


Transfer to airport for overnight return flight to the UK.

Day 5


Arrive UK

Curricular Links

AQA Level 

  • Government and politics of the USA

Pearson Edexcel A Level 

  • Comparative Politics: Government and Politics of the USA

 OCR A Level

  • Government and Politics of the USA

SQA Higher

  • Political systems

WJEC A Level

  • Government and Politics of the USA


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