This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

BA (Hons) Counselling

Waverley Abbey College is the only provider in the UK to offer a single honours counselling programme that underpins and integrates professional counselling training with a Christian world-view and a Christian anthropology.

The training integrates: insights from the latest contemporary models and practice of counselling; a Christian framework for counselling (the Waverley Integrative Framework); the skills and understanding to help others.

Who is the programme for?


This programme is suitable for those:

  • Seeking to become a professional counsellor
  • Involved in pastoral care or a Christian ministry
  • In a caring profession


How is the programme taught?

The programme is delivered primarily at weekends, with the occasional week-long commitment.


What is the programme content?

BA (Hons) Counselling:

Includes Dip HE modules outlines above plus:

  • Counselling Literature Review
  • Fieldwork and Professional Development
  • Integration: Theory and Practice
  • Counselling and Spirituality
  • Equips students to work towards professional accreditation with a professional body

Dip HE Counselling:

Includes Cert HE modules outlined below, plus:

  • Integrative Approaches and Mental Health
  • Fieldwork and Clinical Practice
  • Reflective Practice
  • Working with your own clients
  • Equips students to work towards professional accreditation with a professional body

Cert HE:


Where is the programme taught?

Our programmes may be taught at both Waverley Abbey House and Pilgrim Hall.


What are the entry requirements?

You will need:

  • GCSE English (grade C or above) and
  • Minimum of 2 A level passes.

However, if you do not satisfy this criteria, do not be discouraged from applying – we will consider other qualifications, informal learning and life experience in place of these. You may also wish to consider our Waverley Certificate in Christian Counselling.

You will also be expected to demonstrate a heart for counselling and have some experience as an effective listener.


What are the dates for this programme?


The BA (Hons) Counselling programme is a four-year to five-year, part-time degree. Years 4 and 5 may be completed in one year, depending on the time you have available. The awards earned on completion of each year are as follows:

  • Year 1: University credits only
  • Year 2: CertHE Counselling
  • Year 3: DipHE Counselling (you are now eligible to join a professional counselling body)
  • Year 4: BA (Hons) Counselling

As a conclusion to the programme, you will be provided with the opportunity to conduct a literature research on a personal area of interest. You may complete this in Year 4 or take a further year if this suits your circumstances.

Download our BA programme dates.



What are the programme fees?
What to do next?


Attend an Open Day

During the academic year, we offer a number of engaging Open Days at both of our campuses. This is a great opportunity for you to explore the College programmes further. Come along and meet tutors and current students to find out if studying at Waverley Abbey College is the right place for you. To book a place on an Open Day, please email

Make an Application

For our validated programmes, applications are normally made in the spring and summer term prior to the start of the programme. Once your application has been received, you will receive acknowledgement and be invited for an interview.

To apply for this programme, please either contact us or download an application form and send it to:

Waverley Abbey College
Waverley Abbey House
Waverley Lane

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.