Begin building an inspiring career in counselling and psychotherapy at Roehampton, where we have an international reputation as a centre for therapeutic training.
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.
General entry requirements:
Roehampton has an international reputation as a centre for therapeutic training, attracting students from all over the world.
Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
Taught by registered practitioners and counselling experts.
Complete work experience as part of your degree, to develop your professional skills.
Course and Module Details
Learn how to work with others to help them achieve their goals and potential on our unique undergraduate degree and take your first step towards a rewarding career in counselling, psychotherapy, and the wider helping professions.
Our BSc Therapeutic Psychology combines our well-established strengths in counselling, psychology, mental health and therapeutic training. It also includes the option of a one-year paid work placement.
The content you’ll study reflects current professional practice for working therapeutically with clients as well as an understanding of the ways to manage mental health difficulties. This gives you a solid start if you wish to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy.
You’ll learn from leading psychologists and counselling experts and practitioners, who enthusiastically bring their real-life experience into the classroom. Working with them, you will develop a range of skills designed to develop your theoretical understanding of the main therapeutic approaches and their application and build your practical experience and personal development.
As you progress through your degree, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of mental health issues and distress, learn skills related to professional client work, gain expertise in managing the counselling process, and develop reflexivity and self-awareness for your own future development as a practitioner.
This well-rounded learning approach, alongside voluntary work experience, will give you a strong foundation for a career in helping professions or further education at postgraduate level. 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.
You’ll study different therapeutic models and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, and person-centred therapy. You’ll learn about psychological distress, how to support different population groups and communities, and how to work in different professional contexts.
Teaching consists of a mixture of lectures, small group seminars and practice-based sessions. At least 50% of your teaching will be in seminars or practical workshops, allowing you to develop core therapeutic skills as well as giving you contact time with your lecturers.
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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You will be in a strong position to build a career as a psychotherapist or counsellor. You could also take your skills into a safeguarding organisation, the police, social services, education, HR or broader helping professions.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
Pathways to further study
At Roehampton we have excellent pathways into further study. Should you wish to go onto further postgraduate study to become a registered counsellor psychotherapist, we have one of the largest therapeutic training Schools in the country, with leading courses in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Attachment Studies and all five Arts and Play Therapies.
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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