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The Leeds Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

In partnership with the Diocese of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University offers a programme of studies exploring the Catholic faith, leading to the award of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies ("CCRS").

About this course

Managed and awarded on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Leeds CCRS is designed for anyone involved or interested in the delivery of the Catholic faith in a variety of contexts – whether schools, parishes or any other community context. The programme is particularly relevant to teachers, those engaged in parish faith formation, as well as those who simply wish to deepen their own faith and understanding of Catholicism. 

The Leeds CCRS offers you an opportunity to acquire a basic knowledge of the Catholic Faith, develop an appreciation of principles underpinning Catholic education, and provide a basis for further study.

Course structure and content

The Leeds CCRS is normally awarded after one year’s study, although (with agreement from the course coordinators) it can be completed over a longer period (no longer than five years). There is a total of eight modules: six core modules and two specialist modules.

The core modules usually take place on Saturday afternoons from 12.30pm – 3.00pm at Leeds Trinity or Hinsley Hall. Each teaching session lasts 2.5 hours, and a 2.5 hour set task on Moodle completes the 10 compulsory hours of teaching time.

The specialist modules are delivered on some Thursday evenings throughout the year between 5.30pm and 8.00pm, usually at Hinsely Hall.

For in-depth information regarding the module content, timetables, fees and the application process, download the CCRS and registration handbooks below.

The CCRS has enabled me to gain a deep understanding in the belief of the Catholic Faith. Completing this course has given me the knowledge to contribute what I have learnt, to the maintenance of the ethos in my Catholic school.

School Direct (Local) Primary Education Trainee

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  • To provide teachers and those involved in parish ministry with knowledge and understanding of the teaching and beliefs of the Catholic Faith.
  • To develop an appreciation of the principles of Catholic education at all levels.
  • To encourage sound adult educational processes which express central virtues of Catholic life.
  • To enhance understanding of education within the Church as a life-long process.
  • To enable all participants to make an informed contribution to their chosen field of ministry within the Church.
  • Those involved in or looking to get involved in the Catholic education sector: e.g., primary and secondary school teachers, teaching assistants, or administrative roles.
  • Those involved in teaching the Catholic faith in parishes and other pastoral settings: e.g., children’s liturgy, first sacrament programmes, faith formation and social justice initiatives
  • Anyone (practicing Catholic or otherwise) who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic Faith for personal interest
  • Those who have completed Level I and Level II of the newly launched Diocese of Leeds “Bishop’s Certificate” (see below).

     

 

Anyone who has completed Level I and Level II of the newly launched Diocese of Leeds “Bishop’s Certificate may undertake the Leeds CCRS in its fully assessed form. Alternatively, with agreement from the Leeds Bishop’s Certificate coordinators, they may undertake the Leeds CCRS as an “audit-only” programme i.e., they will attend seminars and do the reading for each module but they will be exempt from doing the assessed pieces of work. Completion of the Leeds CCRS (whether in its assessed form or “audit-only” version) would constitute a “Level III” of the Diocese of Leeds Bishop's Certificate in Catechesis.

Leeds Trinity University has partnered with the Diocese of Leeds to offer a programme of studies exploring the Catholic faith and leading to the award of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (“CCRS”).  The location of taught sessions is either at Hinsley Hall or at Leeds Trinity (details can be found on the timetable in the CCRS handbook above). 

The Leeds CCRS is normally awarded after one year’s study, although (with agreement from the course coordinators) it can be completed over a longer period (no longer than five years). Therefore, if your first module is autumn 2021, you must complete the Leeds CCRS by December 2026.

Assessment for each module is via a 1500-word essay, or equivalent. Education students are encouraged to present this as a lesson plan and rationale. The work is assessed as Fail/Pass/Distinction, and all eight modules must be passed in order to obtain the Certificate. 

For those participating in the “audit-only” version of the Level III Diocese of the Leeds Bishop's Certificate in Catechesis, instead of assessments, there will be an informal review/presentation of key learnings, the form of which will be agreed in advance between the participant and course tutor.

All students must register with the Board of Religious Studies by completing the registration form and paying the one-off registration fee. This fee, £20, is payable to the Catholic Education Service of England & Wales and will be submitted to them with your registration form.

The Registration Form, modules and payment options can be found on the Leeds Trinity Online Store. 

CCRS registration information (PDF 1,221KB)