“Thank you for all your input, support and encouragement to help me become a counsellor. Since gaining my diploma with you in 2016, I have been building a small private practice which includes providing counselling to the homeless” – Ali Marchant, Counselling graduate


Counselling Overview

As society begins to realise the extent of its brokenness, and the growing awareness of significant needs among adults and young people suffering with mental health issues increases, we continue to recognise the need to train people to support those who are struggling with everyday life.

One way in which we do this is training people to become professional counsellors to work with individuals. Wherever you are on your journey, we have a pathway to help you reach your goal.

The Dip HE, BA (Hons) and MA programmes equip students to work towards accreditation with a professional body, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and/or the Association of Christian Counsellors.

For students who may not initially meet the requirements to study at Higher Education level, our Waverley Award provides an access route to do this. The Waverley Award also acts as a recognised qualification to enter the MA Counselling programme if you wish to study at postgraduate level.

The MA in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed and developed for qualified practising counsellors who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills further in specific areas.

The 2018-19 academic year sees the launch of the day-a-week option of study for new students entering the programme from Year 1 of study.  This is applicable on:

  • BA (Hons) Years 1-3 only
  • Cert HE
  • Dip HE
  • Certificate in Christian Counselling

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.