UndergraduateTherapeutic Psychology

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  • Roehampton has an international reputation as a centre of therapeutic training attracting students from all over the world.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its impact.
  • 92% student satisfaction on this course (National Student Survey 2017 results).
  • You will have the flexibility to change focus during year one (for example to Psychology or Psychology and Counselling).


Improve the well-being of others and build a rewarding career by studying the Therapeutic Psychology BA at Roehampton. 100% of our Psychology research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its impact.

This BA Therapeutic Psychology degree will be your first step to a career in psychology or therapy. The course combines Roehampton's well-established strengths in counselling, psychology, and arts and play therapies. It is designed for students who would like a career in the helping professions, without becoming a chartered psychologist.

You will be taught by leading psychology and counselling experts and practitioners who bring their real-life experience into the classroom. You will develop a range of skills designed to your skills and broaden your theoretical understanding of the mind and develop your practical experience, and personal development. This well-rounded learning approach, alongside voluntary work experience, will give you a strong foundation for your career in the therapy field or further education within postgraduate training courses.

We offer modules that will give you excellent first-hand counselling experience. In ‘Introduction to the Arts and Play Therapies’, you will explore how the therapeutic relationship can be mediated through an art form and how to deliver therapy through play for a range of people. In the ‘Practice of Counselling Skills’ module, you will develop your counselling and communication skills through various practical and written exercises and presentations. In ‘Psychology in Action’ you will design your own research project to explore the role that evidence plays in psychological research.

In the first year, you will receive an introduction to the subject areas of psychology, counselling and the arts and play therapies. At the end of year one, you will understand the theoretical, and practical contexts of counselling and therapies, different psychological models and the value of the creative process and exploring the self for your future development as a practitioner.

In your second year, you will gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and gain a strong foundation for self-awareness. You will also learn skills related to professional client work in preparation for your volunteer work experience in year three.

In your final year, you will get the opportunity to work in a voluntary placement concerned with helping people with psychological needs. Furthermore, you will gain expertise in the management of the counselling process and the research methods most commonly used between the client and therapist.

Here are some examples of the various modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Introduction to the Arts and Play Therapies
Introduction to Counselling Theory
Practice of Counselling Skills
Mind, Body and Brain (1)
Social Developmental Psychology (1)
Psychology in the Real World

Year 2

Interpersonal Neurobiology
The Arts on the Couch
Theory in Practice
Models of Counselling
Reflective Practice in Counselling
Understanding Mental Health

Year 3

Childhood, Attachment Theory and Self-Regulation
Qualitative Research
Volunteering Experience and Personal Therapy
Psychological Assessment for Counselling
Managing the Counselling Process


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Graduates develop careers as psychotherapists, counsellors, art psychotherapists, play therapists, drama therapists or within safeguarding organisations, the police, social services, education and human resources.

Specialist facilities available for this course

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.