Entry Requirements

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, however, if you require the application form in a different format, please contact us on admissions@waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk or call Admissions on 01252 784731.

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

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 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, through the student loan company irrespective of whether they have a previous degree.

Please note that student finance is not available for PG Dip and PG Cert level of the MA Counselling.

For Spiritual Formation, the following programmes are eligible for Student Finance:

BA (top-up)
Adv Dip

The Disabled Students Allowance is available for those studying at PG Dip and PG Cert as appropriate.

Selwyn Hughes Trust Fund
Through the generosity of the Selwyn Hughes Trust Fund, we are able to offer the Selwyn Hughes Scholarship award to applicants for year 1. The scholarships are awarded on merit.

Bursaries are available to students from the second year of study onwards (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.


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 Waverley Abbey House.

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.

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


Tuition fees are likely to increase each academic year, based on external factors for example: inflation; regulatory authority fee increases and central government changes.

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.