Published on November 5, 2021

Level 2 Public Services students recently visited the Houses of Parliament to learn more about the work of the UK’s public services. The students received a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a lesson on the history of the institution to support their learning.

The guided tour involved a visit to the House of Lords, with the students able to enter the Lords’ Chamber. The students got to see key elements of the House of Lords that allow the Lords to carry out their work and continue the centuries-old traditions and customs, such as the Woolsack and the throne where the Queen delivers her speech each year to mark the opening of parliament.

Students were even able to see some of the Lords as they prepared their papers for sessions that day.

Whilst the students didn’t get to enter the House of Commons (due to MPs being in session at the time of the visit), they did receive a history lesson on the space via an interactive video that explained its role and purpose.

Bryce Vorster, one of our Level 2 Public Services students, said “the trip was a great success and it was a privilege to have an insight into the inner workings of parliament.”

Taking part in trips like this one helps our students apply their learning to practical settings. By seeing the Houses of Parliament for themselves, they’ll now be better prepared for their upcoming assessments, relating their learning and strengthening their understanding of the roles within government and the ways different ministries work with public services.

Public Services tutor Emma Ball described the trip as “an excellent trip enjoyed by all. It was great to see the students put theory into practice and physically experience what they have been learning in the classroom.”

Learn more about how the Public Services in the UK work by joining a course at North Hertfordshire College. Keep an eye out for our open events, where you can speak to our tutors and learn more about life in the NHC community. Tickets for our November events are available now!