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 for the full BA (Hons) and MA programmes, through the student loan company irrespective of if they hold a previous degree.

For those applying for Cert HE and DipHE level of the BA (Hons) Counselling, students will be only eligible to apply if they do not hold 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, students taking the full MA programme will be eligible to apply irrespective of holding a previous degree.  Students are eligible to apply for finance for the BA (top-up) and Adv Dip only, and if they do not hold a previous degree.

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

Applications should be made directly with Student Finance England through the following website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

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.


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

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 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.