Why study at Roehampton

  • 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).
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Complete University Guide 2018).*
  • 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 experiences 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
Understanding Mental Health 1

Year 2

Interpersonal Neurobiology
The Arts on the Couch
Theory in Practice
Models of Counselling
Reflective Practice in Counselling
Understanding Mental Health 2

Year 3

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


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.

Career options

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

*In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992. 

UCAS code




BA Single Honours

Single honours

Entry tariff

112 points

General entry requirements »




3 year (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,250 (2018; UK/EU)»

£13,520 (2018; International)»

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

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