A specialised degree which will allow you to pursue a career in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, psychotherapy and health.
BSc (single honours)
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.
For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.
When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.
Specific entry requirements:
GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C
General entry requirements:
Graduate with the opportunity to pursue multiple careers across psychology, counselling and more.
Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement after year two.
Develop practical and personal counselling skills from year one.
Roehampton has an international reputation for counselling and therapeutic training.
Course and Module Details
This exciting course combines core psychology with counselling skills and practice to give you a huge range of career options, from clinical psychology to counselling and psychotherapy.
You will discover how the mind works and its impact on behaviour, while developing practical counselling skills and an understanding of how different therapeutic approaches can have a positive impact on people’s lives.
This integration of the scientific understanding of the mind combined with an in-depth knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy will give you a unique, expert ability to apply psychology to the real world.
When you graduate, you’ll be in an excellent position to pursue postgraduate training that leads to careers in Clinical Psychology or counselling and psychotherapy, or you can use the skills and expertise you’ve gained to succeed in a wide range of professions.
In joining Psychology at Roehampton, you will also have the opportunity to become a Mental Health England First-Aider, or train and develop skills in mental health first aid, further expanding your professional development.
This course has the option of a one-year paid work placement to boost your employability even further.
Our modules will teach you how the human brain functions, how we process information, communicate, learn, and remember. You’ll discover how our biology and the society we live in influences us across our lifetimes. You’ll understand different models of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and humanistic approaches, and learn how they are used in different settings, such as the NHS, and with different types of people. You’ll also learn about our mental health, and the impact of factors such as anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma.
You’ll be taught by leading psychologists and counselling experts and practitioners, who enthusiastically bring their real-life experience into the classroom. Through their teaching, you’ll study the complexity and variety of different factors involved in counselling and therapy, and the reflective skills used in professional practice.
Our degree is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means if you graduate with at least a 2:2 you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS – which is an essential first step if you want to go on to become a Charted Psychologist. It also means our teaching is of the highest standard, and you’ll receive excellent levels of support within our School.
Course subject to curriculum review
This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.
Why take a placement?
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.
How we support you
The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.
We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.
Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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We're here to help you reach your full potential as a Roehampton student, so you can go on to become a successful graduate. Some of the ways we’ll support you include:
- Academic Guidance Tutors: You will be allocated an experienced academic as your Academic Guidance Tutor. Your tutor will be on hand to help you through your studies, help you pick your modules, and provide career advice.
- Student Feedback and Consultation Hours: your lecturers have drop in office hours so you can go to them directly, arrange a video call or email to ask any questions.
- Study Skills for Psychology: weekly sessions to support all students who want to improve their academic writing, achieve better grades in their essays, overcome exam anxieties, develop further employability skills and fulfil their potential.
- Revision support: our lectures are delivered on-campus with recordings made available to support your revision.
- RoeBuddies: all first-year students are connected to a second or third year student mentor who offers advice and support.
- Study skills support: as studying in higher education is different from school and college, our team of Academic Achievement Advisers are here to help and support you in developing the skills to become a successful graduate.
- Welcoming community: when you join Roehampton’s School of Psychology, you’ll become a part of a supportive community of students and academics. Why not join the Roehampton Psychology Society to connect with your peers and join in with different events, talks, debates and socials?
As this programme combines core psychology with counselling, it is unique in giving you the opportunity to pursue multiple career paths depending on your ambitions after graduation.
Becoming a psychologist or psychotherapist
Many of our graduates want to continue on to become practicing psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists.
To become a Chartered Psychologist, you need to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by completing a BPS accredited degree. You then go onto further training in the area of psychology that you want to work in, such as Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology. This programme will provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to apply for jobs, such as working as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS, that give you the necessary experience to further your career, and take the next step towards becoming a Chartered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist.
You can find out more about specific career paths, and what training and qualifications you’ll need, on the BPS’ Career Flowchart.
While the core psychology curriculum will give you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS, it will also provide with knowledge relevant to train further as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist. You can then pursue further training and take an accredited postgraduate degree, such as our MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, which will allow you to become eligible for individual practitioner registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
You can find out more on the BACP website.
Careers outside of psychology
Many of our students choose to study Psychology and Counselling because the skills you develop are valued by a huge range of employers. As well as gaining an understanding of the human mind, you’ll become adept at active listening and questioning. You could work in:
- Social work
- Mental health services
- Human resources
- The police force
- Probation services
- Working for charitable organisations
- A range of business roles, including careers in research, media and marketing.
Whether you want to gain work experience in the field of psychology, or look for placements in other industries, our careers team will make sure that you will have the opportunity to build the career skills to help you succeed in whatever you go onto after you graduate.
How to apply
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
We are still accepting applications for our courses for September 2022 and have vacancies. Contact us if you have any questions, or apply using the links above.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
- you have applied this year but have not gained a place
- you have declined your offers
- you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
Validation and curriculum review
What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.
The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.
The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
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