Students On Big Apple Fieldtrip

Politics and Law students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull spent an exciting half-term break in New York City, learning about the American political and legal systems.


The visit brought alive aspects of the students’ A level studies in Law and Politics and introduced them to how things are done in the US. Among the activities which the students enjoyed was a coach tour of Manhattan and visits to the New York Supreme Court, the East Side Tenement Museum, the United Nations and the World Trade Centre Memorial Gardens

politics_nyc_2016_02There was leisure time too, with students enjoying a boat trip round the Statue of Liberty and a visit to the Empire State Building. There was even time to take in a Broadway show, the Lion King, and to experience Broadway singing at Ellen’s Stardust Diner.

First year Politics student Erin Minogue (aged 17, from Birmingham) said:

“This was a wonderful opportunity to experience New York and to compare their political and legal systems with the UK.”

Tour organiser Mike Pattison, a Politics teacher and Assistant Curriculum Leader at the College, commented:

“There is so much of value to see and do in New York. It has been a great experience for our students.”

Politics students study the key political institutions of the US system of government on their A level course, including the President, Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as the central role of the Constitution in the political process. Law students study many aspects of the legal system in the UK and find a comparison with the US system useful.

22 April 2016.