September 2022

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Short Course, September 2022

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Summer Open Days

Join us for our Summer Open Days on Wednesday 8th June (4pm-8pm) or Saturday 9th July (10am-3pm). Representatives from each of our subject areas and student support departments will be available to speak to. There will be a number of subject talks, and the opportunity to tour the Newman campus.

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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.

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

£320 per year for external students.

£160 per year for current Newman students.

A 10% discount is available to Newman alumni.





The 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.

This course has two groups, a Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon, who will start on different cycles. Due to this, some groups will start with the Year 2 modules first followed by Year 1. By the end of the course, all groups will have completed the following 8 modules.

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  1. The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the writings in the Old Testament in order to help them to recognise God’s revelation contained there and its continuing relevance in Christian life today.
  2. The purpose of this module is to familiarise participants with the process through which the New Testament writings came into being and to help them interpret the material presented and understand its significance for the life of a Christian today.
  3. The purpose of this module is to deepen participants’ awareness of the significance and centrality of the person and work of Jesus Christ in the daily life of the Christian as well as in the worship of the Church.
  4. The purpose of this module is to engage participants with exploring and understanding what it means to teach RE and the wider curriculum in a Catholic school. The module also explores what is meant by an ethos and how this may be observed, experienced and developed through the daily participation in the everyday life of a Catholic school.
  1. The purpose of this module is to help participants develop the skills of moral decision-making, to examine Christian teaching in its relation to the universal search for what constitutes “human good”, and to explore the application of Christian understanding to some contemporary moral issues.
  2. The purpose of this module is to enable participants to reflect on the nature of the Church and its mission in the world today.
  3. The purpose of this module is to develop participants’ understanding and appreciation of Sacrament in the life of Catholics as a sign of Christ’s continuing presence with the Church.
  4. This module reflects upon the three areas of Catholic theology studied in CCRS core, (i.e. Church, Sacraments and Ethics) and looks at some of the educational opportunities that emerge. In particular, it considers the practical implications teachers need to consider as they prepare pupils for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Students also consider their personal values & beliefs and how these would contribute to the overall mission of the school.