Study With Us - Certificate in Religious Studies

Providing teachers with a basic qualification in Catholic Religious Studies

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

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This is a two-year course for trainee and qualified teachers aiming to provide a basic qualification in Catholic Religious Education. It is in accordance with the requirements laid down by the Board of Studies of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the Certificate is awarded with the authority of the Archbishop of Birmingham.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be a trainee or qualified teacher.

How long is the programme?

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

When is the next enrolment?

The course recommences each autumn.

Programme information (content & structure)

The course consists of eight modules, four per year, and assessment is by a written assignment. Each module requires ten hours of contact time, so there is a series of 3 compulsory study days plus webinar seminars and tutorials.

  • Unit 1 - The Old Testament
  • Unit 2 - The New Testament
  • Unit 3 - Jesus the Christ
  • Unit 4 - Introduction to Church History
  • Unit 5 - The Church
  • Unit 6 - Sacraments
  • Unit 7 - Liturgy, Worship and Prayer
  • Unit 8 - Christian Morality


A written assignment is submitted for each module.

Resources needed

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

How do I apply?

Click here for an application form.


If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Accessibility Form, open and edit it in Acrobat Reader, and email or post the completed document to the Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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.

Student Feedback

"The delivery of the course was engaging and interesting/useful information. Healing!"

FE Student - February 2018 (CCRS Maryvale)

"The positive and enthusiastic energy about finishing the course, and that it is doable. The help available outside learning days and study days."

FE Student - February 2018 (CCRS Maryvale)

"[I enjoyed] the introduction to Church History, learning how the church(es) has evolved from the days of Paul. Discussing how to approach assignments and understanding the expectation."

FE Student - February 2018 (CCRS Maryvale)
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