Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time or up to 6 years part-time

Course overview

A multidisciplinary degree that's ideal if you're interested in counselling and psychotherapy practices but also want to study the social and cultural contexts of their production.

This innovative multidisciplinary degree is concerned with the interrelationship between self, psyche and society and promotes a psychosocial framework of understanding the interconnections between the personal and the social, inner and outer worlds, as well as the social conditions to mental health.

After the completion of this degree, students are equipped with adequate knowledge, skills and a critical understanding to work in the mental health field but also in educational, therapeutic and other settings that engage with vulnerable and marginalised individuals and groups.

The degree will be of great relevance to those who wish to undertake further theoretical studies or formal clinical training as counsellors and/or psychotherapists.

Why study BA Applied Psychosocial and Psychotherapy Studies at Goldsmiths

  • You'll be taught by a highly experienced team of academics, therapists and counsellors 
  • You'll develop your understanding of counselling and therapy practices, and their social and cultural contexts
  • We place great importance on your unique life experiences and personal qualities, and encourage you to continuously question your values in relation to what you are learning
  • We'll encourage you to develop your imagination, creativity and risk-taking ability, and will promote the importance of challenging orthodoxy
  • We're committed to widening participation and life-long learning, and our diverse mix of students helps create an inventive and stimulating environment


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If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Keren Cohen or Tali Lernau.

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What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In the first year you take the following modules:

Module title Credits
Contemporary Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy and Counselling 30 credits
Theories of Individual Development 30 credits
The Individual in Society and Culture 30 credits
Identity, Agency & Environment 1 15 credits
Professional Frameworks in Therapeutic Practice 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In the second year, you will study the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Pathologies of the Modern Self 30 credits
Research Methods 30 credits

You can also choose one of the following choices as part of your CAT:

Module title Credits
Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module 15 credits
The Goldsmiths Elective 15 credits

You will also take modules to the value of 60 credits from the following list:

Module title Credits
Psychoanalytic Culture and Society 15 credits
Mind Projections: Psychopathology and Cinema 15 credits
Introduction to Art, Play and Drama Therapy 15 credits
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 15 credits
Counselling Skills 30 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In the third year of the degree you will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Dissertation in the Professional Context 30 credits
The Political Significance of Freud's Legacy 30 credits

Option Modules

You will also choose from the following optional modules up to a total of 60 credits:

Module title Credits
Trauma: Critical and Clinical Explorations 15 credits
Fieldwork Practice 30 credits
Multiculturalism, Identity and Difference 15 credits
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 15 credits
A Critical Introduction to Art Psychotherapy I: Theories and Practice 15 credits.
A Critical Introduction to Art Psychotherapy II: Experiential Group Learning 15 credits
Religion, Belief and Spirituality in Professional Practice 15 credits
Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation 30 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning, 7% placement

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed through a combination of assignment, presentation, dissertation, placement portfolio, role play, seen exam, unseen exam, reports and log of placement hours.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 70% coursework, 25% written exam, 5% practical
  • Year 2 - 76% coursework, 24% practical
  • Year 3 - 90% coursework, 10% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2022/23. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Between 2020 and 2022 we needed to make some changes to how programmes were delivered due to Covid-19 restrictions. For more information about past programme changes please visit our programme changes information page.

What our students say

Michael Darko

There is a real familiar feeling here and it is easy to settle in.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the interactions in Goldsmiths. I got involved with various cultures and personalities I met. It was an excellent "mixing" experience. That is an essential aspect of higher education - the ability to learn from many others who bring their personal experiences to the table that others may profit from.

The STACS department is by far the most exciting department at Goldsmiths. The academic staff teaching in the department come from various backgrounds. We have got people who come from psychology from critical psychology from psychoanalytic psychology, people who have worked as psychotherapists, art, drama, and dance psychotherapists and counsellors, and anthropologists in cultural studies and social policy. Having teaching staff who have experience practising in their respected fields is valuable.

What I have enjoyed the most about this course is having the flexibility and variety of modules to choose from and the support within the department that comes with that. This approach has given me a unique understanding of how social environment or culture creates certain kinds of people. That differs from what goes on in sociology, which focuses on significant social structures or in psychology, which focuses on things within individuals. It is really about the unique spot in which the social needs psychological needs meet.

Goldsmiths University is a distinctive place. It will change your outlook on many things. There is a real familiar feeling here and it is easy to settle in. This place is what you will make of it, really. What you put in determines the outcome. There is real dynamic energy with fantastic facilities all around. There is always a great buzz around the place.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

We welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who either meet standard university entry requirements or can demonstrate appropriate levels of knowledge and skill in a portfolio of entry.

Certification by means of GNVC, Access, NVQ, BTEC, College Foundation Certificate, AS and A-level is accepted, in many subject areas - for example, in Psychology, Cultural Studies, Art, Dance, Social Studies, Drama, Anthropology, Sociology, English, Politics, Media and Communications, History, and Film Studies.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2023/2024 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • Home - part-time: £4625
  • International - full-time: £18440

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.



The programme will enable you to develop the following skills:

Academic skills, including:

Enhanced skills in literacy, writing and communication, including oral communication skills, the ability to develop and present sustained and persuasive reasoned arguments (both written and oral), presentation skills, note taking and report writing.

The ability to observe, listen and interact effectively with others, particularly in a group setting. The ability to work with, and in relation to, others from diverse backgrounds.

Planning, organistaion, time management skills, including the ability to work on your own initiative and meet deadlines thus evidencing personal effectiveness

Research skills including information gathering and retrieval and the ability to synthesise information froma variety of primary and secondary sources

The ability to plan, design, manage and complete an independent project

Analytical thinking, critical reasoning and problem solving including the ability to be open-minded and form independent judgements

An awareness of social, political and cultural processes and an awareness of social and cultural difference

An understanding of professional therapeutic culture and practices

'Soft' transferable skills, including the ability to reflect on your own intellectual development, imagination, creativity, the willingness to take risks, and – where necessary – the ability to engage in constructive, informed and critical challenges to orthodoxy and the ability to think ‘outside the box’

As a department, STaCS has very strong links with therapeutic and community organisations. Students on the BA Psychosocial Studies have an opportunity to gain practical experience in a placement as part of the Field work Practice optional module in Year 3. This experience introduces students to the varied range of organisations, agencies and services relevant to counselling and therapies, allowing students to learn about counselling and therapies practices in the wider community through personal engagement. Students also learn about working within an organisation and will engage in issues of ethical conduct and confidentiality while developing their ability to work as part of a team.



This programme will equip you with the broad range of complex skills and attributes increasingly required by employers, irrespective of whether you decide to proceed to a clinical training in some area of psychotherapy and counselling (e.g., Art Psychotherapy).

Students graduating from the programme move on to a range of careers and employment areas including the public and voluntary/third sector in the areas of mental health, social care and education. Many of our graduates do continue to postgraduate degrees in therapies, counselling and education (PGCE), however our graduates could also pursue careers in other caring professions such as social work. In addition, the literacy, numeracy, communication and practical skills acquired by Psychosocial Studies students are very marketable in other employment fields such as human resources/personnel management. You can find out more about the career paths open to you after graduating on our Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.