A level select committee experience

A level select committee experience

The Palace of Westminster's spectacular Grand Committee Room is where A level students get the opportunity to explore the role of Parliament's select committees.

Select committee experience

Please note that this visit is available to UK schools only.

The experience begins with a specially tailored tour of the Palace of Westminster. It focuses on the evolution, structure and function of the select committee system and includes a visit to a select committee room.

Because the Palace is the home of our working Parliament we cannot always show you everything; your visit might include:

  • The House of Commons or House of Lords chambers
  • Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
  • Central Lobby, at the very heart of the Parliamentary Estate

Building on the context set by the tour, students will explore their opinions about select committees using primary sources to prepare their arguments for a debate on the motion:

‘Select committees are an effective and efficient way of scrutinising the government’.

This session assumes some knowledge about the structure and function of Parliament and students should be prepared to interact with groups of young people from other organisations.

Suggested topical reading - A recent article assessing the impact of parliamentary select committees in the House of Commons.


Open to: A level Government and Politics students
Places per session: 60 (to include students and teachers)
Dates: Fridays, Jan - Mar 2015 (excluding 13 and 20 Feb 2015)
Duration: 2 hours
Start times: 09:30, 12:00, 14:30

How to book

Applications have now closed.

All successful and non-successful applicants will be notified in week beginning 10 November.


Map of the Parliamentary estate

Map of the Parliamentary estate


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Select committee experience FAQs

Select committee experience FAQs


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Schools transport subsidy

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