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. 

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.

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 Waverley Abbey House.

Disabled Access
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.

Please click to see the WAC HER action plan

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.