For any Waverley Abbey College programme, we require individuals to have a reasonable level of spiritual and personal maturity. See our programmes for the different entry requirements of each programme.

Application Process

Applications for our programmes are normally made in the spring and summer term prior to the start of the programme.

Apply online using the forms on each course. However, if you require the application form in a different format, please contact us on or call Admissions on 01252 784731.

Once we have received your application, you will receive acknowledgement.

You should be notified of the result of your application to study within two weeks of your interview.


As Waverley Abbey College is a private college, we do not receive any direct government funding and rely on the generosity of our Partners, alumni and donors. This means that our students do need to personally pay their fees. As a result, we try to ensure our fees are affordable and in line with other colleges and universities.

Here are some suggestions as to how you can have help financing your programme.

Student Loans Company

Our Higher Education Counselling Programme is allied to Medicine, therefore, students are eligible to apply for a loan for the BA (Hons) Counselling programme whether they already hold an equivalent or higher degree.

Students applying for Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education awards are eligible to apply only if they do not already hold a previous degree.

Students may apply for a loan for MA programmes only if it is their first Masters degree. Please note that student finance is not available for Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate awards.

Spiritual Formation, students taking the MA programme will be eligible to apply for finance if this is their first masters level degree. Students are eligible to apply for finance for the BA (Hons) (top-up) and Advanced Diploma awards only if they do not hold a previous degree.

The Disabled Students Allowance is available for those studying at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate as appropriate

Applications should be made directly with Student Finance England through their website.

Selwyn Hughes Scholarship Fund

Applicants are welcome to apply for the above award for Year 1* of any of our Higher Education programmes.  The award will cover the tuition and university registration fee for one year, and eligibility is based on merit and not on financial needs. Find out more

* please note that this award is not available to those applying for direct entry to years 2, 3 or 4 of a programme


Awards are made annually from the College Bursary Fund to assist students who may not otherwise be able to continue with their studies without extra assistance. Bursaries are not available to applicants for their first year of study with the College. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need.

If you would like more information, please contact us.

Study Skills Day

Waverley Abbey College offers a Study Skills Day. This day aims to prepare and encourage students in the basics of academic study.

The day explores effective study skills, taking notes, structuring and writing essays, and referencing. There will be an opportunity to practise what you have learnt and time for you to discuss and ask questions.

The day is ideal for those entering the BA (Hons) Counselling programme or the Waverley Certificate of Christian Counselling programme. It is suitable for those who have never studied at this level before or as a refresher for those wishing to brush up on their academic writing skills.

To find out about the next Study Skills Day, please contact us.

Access Course

For direct entries to the Waverley Abbey College BA (Hons) Counselling years 2, 3 or 4, or the MA Counselling programmes, who have not previously trained in counselling with us, students are required to complete a 3-day access course (please refer to the respective undergraduate or postgraduate dates and fee sheets) before progressing with their studies.

This course provides an overview of the Waverley Integrative Framework, which integrates a Christian counselling framework with elements from cognitive, psychodynamic and person-centred approaches to counselling and is fundamental to all our teaching.


Waverley Abbey College has limited on-site residential accommodation and we may need to reduce the occupancy of bedrooms at any point during the academic year if government restrictions are put in place.

Alternative accommodation is available locally and any additional costs for off-site accommodation must be met by the student. Waverley Abbey College cannot accept any liability for additional costs of accommodation.


Waverley Abbey College is committed to providing equal opportunities for all students.

Tutors Support

Tutors offer the opportunity for you to talk about your experiences, the challenges and joys of studying, as well as provide support throughout your programme. All students on our Counselling higher education programmes are linked with a personal tutor. Our Spiritual Formation students have access to dedicated tutors who provide support both during the teaching blocks and between sessions, as required.

Learning Support

Students with specific learning needs can be offered assistance in the form of study support and adapted resources. During the application process, you will be asked to identify your learning needs. Once assessed, we will be able to put in place the support you need.

Disabled Access

Waverley Abbey House is a Grade II* listed property. The first floor (where most courses are held) and the second and third floors (where bedrooms are located) are reached by stairs.

In the event of a fire, you need to be able to walk downstairs at an average walking pace, without assistance. We offer a one-day a week, non-residential Diploma of Higher Education for those with limited mobility. This programme is held on the ground floor. There is an induction loop system at Waverley Abbey House for use by people with hearing aids.

Our Northern Hub in Bradford has disability access and all programmes are non-residential.

For further information, please contact our College Disability Officer Kathy Overton on

Policies and Guidance

Access and Participation Plan

Academic Freedom Policy

Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy

Accreditation of Prior Learning Guidance

Admissions Policy

Disability Policy

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA)

Privacy Policy

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment 2021/22

Statement of Vision, Mission and Values

Student Protection Plan

Summary of APP 2021-22 course fees

Refund and Compensation Policy

Reference Form in Support of Application

Supervisors Form in Support of Application

Student Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure


Tuition fees are likely to increase each academic year, based on external factors for example: inflation; regulatory authority fee increases and central government changes. Comprehensive breakdowns of annual fees for each year of each programme are available on individual programme pages.

Self-study requirement

With each programme, there will be a recommended number of self-study hours per week, dependent on the year of study and subject.