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The wide range of further education courses available from Maryvale...

Further Education Courses

Maryvale offers a comprehensive range of Certificate courses in Catechesis, the Catholic Catechism, Healthcare Chaplaincy, Marriage & Family, Parish Mission & Ministry, Religious Education and the Teachings of Pope Francis. These courses begin either each autumn or spring at Maryvale, but some are also offered at different venues around the world at the invitation of parishes or dioceses. Most of our FE courses, whether of six months, one or two years’ duration, are supported by a series of online study days each year – mostly held on Saturdays. The exception is the CCRS course, which has study days on weekdays to suit the teachers who take part.

These FE courses are all level three, part-time, distance-learning courses, specifically designed to enable adults with busy family, work and parish responsibilities to undertake study.

Course participants study at home in their own time following specially written course books, which act as core reading, lectures, and tutorials combined, leading students to wider reading if they have the time and interest.

For each module, the student presents a piece of written work, which is assessed and returned with tutorial feedback and encouragement.

Many subjects can also be chosen for Independent Study where students can undertake study at their own pace, without any time constraints.

Certificate in Catechesis

This two-year course provides a solid introduction to the key areas of Catholic theology for anyone interested in developing their own faith for the sake of explaining it to others. This might be as a catechist in a parish, but the course is also for those who simply seek to understand their faith as adults. Eight modules are studied, four per year, and for each a written assignment is submitted, comprising of a short essay and an outline plan for a catechesis session.

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Certificate in Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy

This one-year course is aimed at forming lay chaplains for ministry to the sick in hospitals, residential care, and in their own homes. Three modules are studied, voluntary healthcare placements are undertaken, and three study days provide practical workshops and training from experts in the field. For each module a written assignment is required and a personal logbook records placement experiences.

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Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry

Maryvale is delighted to offer a four module distance learning course for all those interested in formation for collaborative ministry in parishes. This comprehensive course offers four modules of study, each requiring a written assignment to be completed, with two study days to attend.

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Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

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. 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 are a series of compulsory study days and tutorials to attend.

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Certificate in the Teaching of Pope Francis

This five module course explores the breadth of insights in Pope Francis’ teaching, where in accessible language and vivid imagery, the truths of faith are presented as tools to authentic Christian living. Additional material from the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and selected magisterial documents are used to illustrate the consistency of the writing of Pope Francis with the teaching of Christ and the Church. Five modules are studied, each introduced by a webinar, and are assessed by written assignment.

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A Catechesis on Marriage and Family

This course is for anyone who wishes to understand the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage and family. The fundamental question is: what is God’s plan for human love which is lived in a special way in the vocation to marriage and the family? The study of marriage and family brings together the reality of who were are, the richness of our lives' experiences and our Catholic Faith. In the light of faith, we can truly know who we are, the meaning of our lives and the full truth about the meaning of marriage and the family. With this understanding, we are able to participate fruitfully in the Church’s mission in the ‘New Evangelization’.

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Independent Study

Responding to the requests of alumni who wanted to continue learning, but at their own pace, Maryvale now provides a series of stand-alone modules for study. These can simply be audited, or a Maryvale Certificate award can be gained by completing a single written assignment.

Modules from the Certificate in Studies in the Catechism, and the Certificate in New Testament Studies, can be purchased by individuals or groups wishing to study single modules at their own pace.

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