Entry Requirements

For any Waverley Abbey College programme, we require individuals to have a heart for counselling and 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, however, if you require the application form in a different format, please contact us on registry@waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk or call Admissions on 01252 784731.

Once we have received your application, you will receive acknowledgement. We will then contact the provided references, if required, and will then contact you to arrange an interview date.

On your interview day, you will be need to bring the requested ID documents, plus evidence of your academic qualifications. 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 colleagues and universities.

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

Student Loans Company

Due to our successful QAA review, the BA (Hons) Counselling programme has gained designated status (subject to successful annual monitoring) and, if you have not previously received a student loan, you may be eligible to apply for a loan through the Student Loans Company.

Professional Career and Development Loan

Waverley Abbey College is registered with the Skills Funding Agency and so students who are not eligible for a loan through the Student Loans Company, may be eligible to apply for a Professional Career and Development Loan for the BA and MA programmes. Please note our registration number is REG01-21276.

Selwyn Hughes Trust Fund

To support our students further, we offer a number of bursaries. Through the generosity of the Selwyn Hughes Trust Fund, we are able to offer scholarships. These are awarded on merit and proof of hardship.

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.



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

Tutor Support

All students on our Higher Education programmes are placed with a personal tutor. 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.

Learning Support

Where students have specific learning needs, we are able to offer assistance in the form of study support and adapted resources. During the application process you will be asked to identify your learning needs and, once accessed, we will be able to put in place the support you need. There is an induction loop system at both Pilgrim Hall and Waverley Abbey House.

Disabled Access

Our Pilgrim Hall campus has a lift to the first floor for disabled users.

There is no lift access to the first floor at Waverley Abbey House, as it is a grade II* listed building.

For further information, please contact our College Disability Officer Kathy Overton on koverton@waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk.

Waverley Abbey College submitted an annual return to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in December 2016 that demonstrates that it is continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities.