Bsc in Psychology and Counselling


Program Description

Gain better insight into yourself, and learn to make a positive impact on others, by studying psychology and counselling here at the University of Roehampton.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

This degree will give you the grounding in practical counselling skills you need to enter a variety of psychology-related professions.

The course is made up of three main teaching methods: theory; skills and practice; and personal development. You will be taught by leading experts and practitioners in the field of psychology and counselling, who use real-life case examples from their therapeutic work in the classroom.

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and, if you graduate with a 2.2 or above, you will automatically gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of BPS – the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

With diverse modules such as Introduction to Counselling Theory, you will learn the practical and personal skills needed for counselling individuals. The practice of Counselling Skills will help you apply the theory to practice, and Research Methods and Statistics will give you an insight into the statistics and research that underpins all psychological practice.

You will leave well equipped to begin building a career in psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, arts and play therapies, and the wider helping professions. You can also go onto postgraduate professional training in any applied psychology route including clinical, health, forensic and educational psychology.


Year one

  • Get a solid introduction to the subject.
  • Key modules include Introduction to Counselling Theory, Practice of Counselling Skills, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, Social and Developmental Psychology, and Mind, Body and Brain.

Year two

  • Gain a deeper understanding of models of counselling, and develop your experiential learning and personal development in the Reflective Practice module.
  • Build on your understanding of social and developmental psychology, and research methods and statistics, to prepare for your research project.

Year three

  • Complete your research project.
  • Study modules such as Psychological Assessment in Counselling, and Managing the Counselling Process, to deepen your knowledge and critical awareness of mental health presentations.
  • Choose two optional modules from a wide range of choices.
  • Explore career possibilities in health and caring professions and think about applying to relevant postgraduate training programmes, many of which are offered at Roehampton.


Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Counselling Theory
  • Practice of Counselling Skills
  • Mind, Body & Brain (1)
  • Social and Developmental Psychology (1)
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Year 2

  • Models of Counselling
  • Reflective Practice in Counselling
  • Mind, Body and Brain (2)
  • Social and Development Psychology (2)
  • Individual Differences and Psychometric Research
  • Research Methods and Statistics (2)

Year 3

  • Compulsory Module
  • Extended Research Project

Required Modules

  • Psychological Assessment for Counselling
  • Managing the Counselling Process

Optional Modules

  • Autism: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Communication and Social Interaction
  • Critical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • Cognitive Development in the Classroom
  • Practical Creativity and Thinking Skills
  • Culture, ‘Madness’ and Medicalisation
  • Childhood, Attachment and Self-Regulation

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

This course is a good grounding for careers in chartered counselling psychology, or educational, occupational, clinical or forensic psychology.

You will be equipped to work in a range of other sectors as well, including counselling, psychotherapy and the wider 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.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements:

  • GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C
Last updated Mar 2020

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