Study With Us - Certificate in Catechesis

Develop your faith for the sake of explaining it to others

Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis (MCC)

This course commences at Maryvale every autumn, but is also offered in various other venues during the course of the year. With the authority of the bishops, it is being used for the training of catechists for dioceses in England, Ireland, and Africa currently, and has been in Scotland, Norway, UAE, and the USA.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The MCC course is for anyone interested in developing his or her own faith for the sake of explaining it to others. The course includes practical aspects of catechesis, as well as a solid foundation in key areas of theology and spirituality, so theory is reflected in practice throughout the course.

What are the entry requirements?

Open access

How long is the programme?

This is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning course.

When is the next enrolment?

The course starts at Maryvale each autumn and at other centres at different times of the year.

Programme information (content & structure)

This two-year course draws from the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and selected documents of the Second Vatican Council as key reference texts, offering a balance of theology, spirituality, and catechetical teaching skills.

Twelve modules are studied over two years:

Year 1
  • Introduction to Catechesis
  • Foundations of Faith
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Methods of Teaching
  • The Church
  • Ways of Praying
Year 2
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Liturgy and Sacraments A & B
  • Life in Christ
  • Mary in the Mystery of Christ and the Church


A written assignment is submitted for each module, comprising of a short essay and an outline plan for a catechesis session.

Resources needed

  • A Bible
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Access to the Documents of Vatican II

How do I apply?

Applications are welcome at any time of year. To apply, download the application form here.

Disability support

If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Disability Support Form here and email it or post this to the Disability Support Coordinator (address included on the form), to ensure we can give you the best possible support during your course of study. Disclosing a disability will not be a factor in Institute’s decision as to whether or not to offer you a place on the course. However, it is important that the Institute knows if you have any specialist needs in order to provide you with appropriate support and facilities. This information will remain strictly confidential. For further information, please contact the Disability Support Coordinator by using the contact button below:

For further information

Please contact us either by making an online enquiry below or by calling 0121 3608118.

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