Applied Psychosocial and Psychotherapy Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study BA Applied Psychosocial & Psychotherapy Studies at Goldsmiths A multidisciplinary degree where you are taught counselling and psychotherapy practices but also learn about the social and cultural contexts of their production.

  • This is an innovative multidisciplinary degree, concerned with the interrelationship between self, psyche and society. It 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.
  • You will be equipped with 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.
  • 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.
  • Our diverse mix of students helps create an inventive and stimulating environment.


Year 1 In the first year you take the following modules: Contemporary Approaches to the Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy and Counselling Theories of Individual Development Independent Learning Strategies and Skills Culture and Identity Identity, Agency & Environment 1 Year 2 In the second year, you will study the following compulsory modules: Pathologies of the Modern Self Research Methods PsycheScapes: Mapping Cultural Mindscapes You can also choose one of the following: The Goldsmiths Elective The Goldsmiths Project Optional modules You can also choose 1 or 2 optional modules from the following list: Introduction to Art, Play and Drama Therapy Counselling Skills Mental Health And Trauma: Critical and Clinical Explorations Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Year 3 In the third year of the degree, you will take the following compulsory modules: Dissertation in the Professional Context The Political Significance of Freud's Legacy Multiculturalism, Identity and Difference You will also choose 2 or 3 from the following optional modules: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation Fieldwork Practice Mental Health And Trauma: Critical and Clinical Explorations A Critical Introduction to Art Psychotherapy I: Theories and Practice A Critical Introduction to Art Psychotherapy II: Experiential Group Learning Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

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.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification 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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

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Applied Psychosocial and Psychotherapy Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS