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Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

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​​​​The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is an important qualification if you'd like to teach in the Catholic sector.

About CCRS

Leeds Trinity University offers students the opportunity to take the CCRS. This optional short course is validated by the Board of Religious Studies for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and the University administers the Certificate on their behalf.

What is the CCRS?

The course is designed primarily for those in teacher training. The qualification is an additional requirement for those teaching in the Catholic sector. The certificate seeks to ensure that those who hold it 'have a basic understanding of the Church, its teaching and way of life to enable them to contribute to the maintenance of the ethos of the Catholic school'. Increasingly, it's also a useful qualification for those wishing to work as School Chaplains, or in other support roles in Catholic schools. 

How does it work?​

The qualification consists of six core modules, and two specialist modules. All eight modules must be completed within five years of starting the first module. You'll be assessed by one, 1500 word essay (or equivalent) for each module for which guidance and bibliographies are supplied.

Core modules 

There are six core modules in total. These are: The Old Testament, The New Testament, The Church, Sacraments, Christian Morality and Jesus Christ. These modules are taught on some Saturday afternoons (between 12.30pm and 3pm) across each term. In addition, a set task that is administered via Moodle must be completed. The Board of Religious Studies requires that students attend all of the teaching sessions in order to be eligible to submit assessment for the module. You must pass all six core modules in order to gain the certificate. 

Two specialist modules

The two specialist modules currently offered at Leeds Trinity are: Learning and Teaching in Catholic schools and Ethos in Catholic schools. These sessions are taught on some Thursday evenings across the first and second terms. In addition a set task that is administered via Moodle must be completed. Assessment for each module is by a 1500 word essay (or equivalent). 

Fees and funding

The CCRS is currently offered free of charge to all Leeds Trinity students, including PGCE and Schools Direct trainee teachers. We welcome external students at a cost of £65 per module. 

In addition, there is a one-off registration fee of £20 that all students must pay themselv​es. This is for the national registration with the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Register for the CCRS and modules

Read the report on 25 years of CCRS 

The CCRS has provided adult theological education across England & Wales since 1991-92. A new report by 
​Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Director of the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University,  is a theological conversation and reflection about CCRS in changing religious, political, socio-cultural and educational contexts and in conjunction with other current research studies into Catholic education. 

You can read the report: "Twenty-Five Years On: One Size Fits All?" in full on the CCRS website.​​​

Find out more​

For more information, please contact the Programme Coordinator Jenny Stuart-Collins at

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