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What is CCRS?

CCRS stands for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies and is awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.It is an important certificate for those wishing to teach in a Catholic school, a key qualification for professional development and is valid for teaching in Scotland.

The CCRS gives each person a theological literacy and enables them to understand and contribute to the ethos of a Catholic school and other schools with a religious character.

To obtain your certificate all eight modules have to be completed, (six theology and two specialist) each with up to ten hours lecture time and an assessment essay or presentation. The CCRS programme at St Mary's provides a pathway to enable you to complete the required six core and two specialist modules in one year and is offered via blended learning (face-to-face and online sessions).

Course content

Six core modules

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Sacraments
  • The Church
  • Christian Morality
  • Christology

Two specialist modules

  • RE1: Teaching RE in a Catholic School
  • RE2: The Catholic Life and Mission of the Catholic School

Dates for 2021/22

Autumn school

Modules: Old Testament and New Testament
 Monday evenings between 13th September - 18th October 2021, 6-9pm

Spring school

Modules: The Church and Sacraments
Dates: Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th February 2022, 10am-5pm (half-term)

Summer school one

Modules: Christology and Christian Morality
Dates: Tuesday 31st May - Wednesday 1st June 2022, 10am-5pm (half term)

Summer school two

Modules: RE1 and RE2
Please contact for more information on these modules. 

Book your place now

Full attendance at all sessions is required from all students. Please ensure you can commit to the scheduled dates as unfortunately we are unable to give refunds.

Find out more

For more information please contact Dr Káren North: