Newman Certificate in Catholic Studies (NCCS)

Short Course , Part-Time

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The Newman Certificate in Catholic Studies is for anybody interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and will require full attendance and participation in taught sessions. Participants on the course will attend classes alongside students studying for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS). However, unlike the CCRS course, the Newman Certificate in Catholic Studies does not require any coursework for assessment. The course runs over two years in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Please note that the Newman Certificate in Catholic Studies is NOT a replacement or equivalent for CCRS that is delivered on behalf of the Board of Religious Studies. The CCRS course is promoted by the Catholic Education Service and highly desirable in Catholic schools. For information regarding CCRS please go to the relevant page on the Newman website.

Why study the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies?

  • To participate in a course about Christianity with a focus on the Catholic faith.
  • The opportunity to participate in a University course without the need to submit coursework.
  • 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 the certificate.
  • To provide an insight regarding expectations of Catholic schools and opportunities that are available.

This 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. Participation will be alongside students undertaking the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) which is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. The Newman Certificate in Catholic Studies is NOT a replacement/equivalent for CCRS.

The course is delivered on Tuesday evenings over a two-year period in the autumn and spring terms. The course consists of eight ten-hour modules, two of which relate directly to everyday life in a Catholic school. Attendance forms the assessment criteria for each unit.

What does the course cover?


Old Testament,

New Testament,

Person of Jesus

Religious Education 1 Church



Religious Education 2

Participants undertaking the Newman Certificate in Catholic Studies will join the class for CCRS which normally includes teachers from schools, PGCE students and those on schools direct. The units on Religious Education will cover a of topics that would be associated with a Catholic school, implications this has for the delivery of RE, links to the wider community and the importance of sacramental preparation.

Each unit of work is assessed via attendance.

What careers could I consider?

Studying the Newman Certificate in Catholic Studies may encourage some to consider undertaking a theology degree or equivalent at a later stage.

Contact Details

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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.

Course Fees

£155 per year*

*Fees shown are for 2020/21 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).

Additional Information

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