Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

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Key Details

  • 2 Years
  • Part Time
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The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS), a non-accredited course, is delivered on behalf of the Board of Religious Studies that reports to the Bishops of England and Wales. It is a highly desirable qualification for anybody wishing to teach in a Catholic school and is open to people of all faiths and none. At Newman University it is taught over a 2 year period and the individual units are classed under CCRS401 and CCRS402.

Why study this course?

  • A highly desirable certificate that the Catholic Education Service strongly encourages all teachers to have that aim to work in a Catholic school
  • A range of highly trained experts delivering the course
  • An opportunity to learn and develop personal understanding of Biblical text in relation to the Catholic faith.
  • A wide range of resources to support students in their studies of CCRS
  • To provide an insight regarding expectations of Catholic schools and opportunities that are available.
  • Subsidised fees for those students already studying another course at Newman

This modular course is designed to give you an understanding of basic Christian theology, and an appreciation of the special place of Religious Education in Catholic schools. The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. It is a requirement for any teacher who intends to teach in a Catholic school and also provides a basis for further study. At Newman University the CCRS programme aims to support teachers in their approach to Catholic education.

The opportunity to study for the Certificate is provided for all undergraduate students and is delivered within the normal undergraduate timetable. The CCRS is also delivered on Tuesday evenings over a two-year period in the autumn and spring terms. It offers an important opportunity, for those in Catholic education and those who wish to develop their knowledge of the Catholic faith, to study and discuss the teachings of the Catholic Church and its implications. The course consists of eight ten-hour modules, two of which relate directly to the teacher’s work in a Catholic school. Attendance and successful completion of an assignment forms the assessment criteria for each module. Any person who is or wishes to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for this course.

This includes those involved in Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis and other ministries in the Church and anyone who wishes to follow the course for faith development or personal interest. The course seeks to ensure that you have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of the beliefs of the Catholic faith. You may take the entire Certificate at Newman University over two years or individual units over a longer period of time. It is also possible to transfer from, or to, other national centres providing that the entire Certificate (all eight units) is completed within a period of five years. The course is open to people from any faith background.

What does the course Cover?

At Newman we have two groups that undertake CCRS on a rolling programme over two years. The units consist of the following;

Evening class (2018-19)

Old Testament,

New Testament,

Person of Jesus

Religious Education 1 Daytime class (2018-19)




Religious Education 2

Generally speaking the evening class will consist of teachers from schools, PGCE students and those on schools direct. The daytime class normally consists of undergraduate students. However, potential CCRS students can choose either group depending upon their other commitments. The units on Religious Education cover what can be expected by working in a Catholic school, implications this has for the delivery of RE, links to the wider community and the importance of sacramental preparation.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit of work is assessed via attendance and a 1500 word assignment or equivalent.

What courses could I consider?

This course is primarily aimed at those desiring to work in a Catholic school. However, the course is also useful for parish workers, catechists, and chaplaincy or for developing personal understanding. Studying CCRS may encourage some to consider undertaking a theology degree or equivalent at a later stage.

Entry Requirements

No pre-requisites are required. The course is open to anybody interested in developing their knowledge of the Catholic faith.

Classes usually run on Tuesday evenings during autumn and spring. In addition, classes are taking place during the day which you are welcome to join depending on timetable commitments.

Contact For admissions enquiries

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)

Contact for course content enquiries and to apply:
Eamonn Elliott (Senior Lecturer/CCRS co-ordinator)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2232)

Course Fees

Fees for 2019/20*:

£310 per year for external students.

£155 per year for current Newman students.

A 10% discount is available to Newman alumni.

*Fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

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