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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 teachers wishing to teach in a Catholic school, and a key qualification for professional development.  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, each with up to ten hours lecture time and an assessment essay or presentation. The CCRS programme for PGCE part-time students provides a pathway to enable you to complete the required six core and two specialist modules, offered through a combination of evening classes, intensive courses and elements of your teaching degree. 

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.

Six core modules

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

Two specialist modules

  • RE1 (Primary Teaching)
  • RE2 (Primary Teaching) 
    or 
  • PS1 (Secondary Teaching)
  • PS2 (Secondary Teaching)