Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

Adult education is seen very much as a priority by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales as outlined in the document ‘The Priority of Adult Formation’ produced by the Committee for Catechesis and Adult Christian Education in 2000.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies


The course is nationally accredited and managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Any person who is or wishes to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for this course. This includes those involved in Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis and other ministries in the Church. It is valuable for all teachers and an essential requirement for any teacher applying for senior management positions in Catholic education. It is ideal for anyone who wishes to follow the course for faith development or personal interest. The course seeks to ensure that participants have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of the beliefs of the Catholic Faith. It also provides a basis for further study.

Course aims:

Study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies aims to:

  • Provide teachers and those involved in parish ministry with knowledge and understanding of the teaching and beliefs of the Catholic Faith.
  • Develop an appreciation of the principles of Catholic education at all levels
  • Employ and encourage sound adult educational processes which express Gospel valuesEnhance understanding of education within the Church as a life-long process
  • Enable all participants to make an informed contribution to their chosen field of work in the Church
  • Highlight the role and function of Religious Education within the school curriculum

Course Structure:

The Course consists of six core modules in foundational areas of theology (Old and New Testament, Morality, Church, Jesus Christ and The Sacraments), and two professional modules chosen from the following:

  • Faith and Culture
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Catechesis
  • Professional RE

General Requirements for each module:

  • 10 hours of teaching over two Saturdays
  • A written assignment of 1500 words or suitable oral presentation

Frequently Asked Questions

For more details including dates, venues and costs please download the current CCRS leaflet by following the link below

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies 2020-2021 - Slough programme

CCRS Registration Form 

CCRS assignment cover sheet

Copies of the CCRS leaflet are also available from the Course Administrator

or the NORES office:


 See Publication

CCRS Twenty-Five Years On: One Size Fits All?


For further information please contact:

Mr. Steve O'Brien - Course Administrator
33 Westbourne Road,
Luton, LU4 8JD