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Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies Course

 Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies 

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The CCRS course is designed for teachers in Catholic schools; that they may obtain a comprehensive 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.  It is also for catechists in order to give them a basic understanding of the faith of the Catholic Church as a foundation for their catechetical ministry, and for adult members of the Church to enable them to continue to grow in understanding as they live their Catholic faith.

Westminster Diocese recommends that all teachers working in Catholic schools within the diocese have a CCRS certificate.

The Board of Religious Studies is the body which awards the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) on behalf of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. The Board also monitors the delivery of the CCRS and maintains quality assurance. The Board consists of executive officers, representatives of the regions in England and Wales in which the CCRS is delivered, representatives of the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales (CES), the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers (NBRIA), the Schools Commissioners and College Principals.

Next intake for the CCRS is September 2016, through the Diocese of Westminster. Details Given Below:

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

Studying on CCRS is extremely flexible - choose the best learning style for you!

Our desire is to see you develop your understanding of the faith, to grow spiritually and personally, with Jesus Christ at the centre.

Personal and spiritual growth

We are just as concerned about you developing a deep and Godly character as gaining the CCRS certificate. Every term we hold a Quiet Day, taking time out to focus on God and to deepen our prayer life. We also organise regular optional opportunities for personal spiritual development.

Practical skills

Developing practical skills is an important part of the CCRS.  All participants take modules to identify and develop your practical skills. There are a variety of optional training events and seminars to help you recognise and develop your skills and talents.

Personal Tutor Support

For the duration of the course, you will have a mentor/tutor who will guide you through each module. The tutor will help you with any questions or any guidance that you need while on the CCRS course. Group tutorials and individual tutorials are also offered for each module.

A Formally Recognised Course

The CCRS is awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. It is recommended for anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding in Catholic faith and theology. Any person who wishes to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for the course. This includes those involved in Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis and other ministries in the Church and anyone wishing to follow the course for faith development or personal interest.

The CCRS is delivered as a two-year rolling programme and requires completion of a total of eight modules: six core and two specialist modules. Four modules are offered each academic year and so it is possible to complete the course within two years or else take up to five years as allowed by the Board of Studies.

CCRS Core Modules: Old Testament, New Testament, Christology, Sacraments, Church & Morality

CCRS Elective Modules – (Select Two from): Christian Discipleship, Liturgy, Pastoral Care, Prayer, Parish Evangelisation & Mission, Catholic Education, The Vocation of the Laity, Sacramental Catechesis.

Course Cost: Each module costs £30 – paid on a per module basis. We aim to keep costs low so that the course is as affordable as possible.   

For further information about the course please contact the Course Leader via Email – ccrs@rcdow.org.uk 

or call 0207 798 9152

 Please contact the CCRS Centre directly : ccrs@rcdow.org.uk

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For those wishing to begin the CCRS course through Online Learning or Distance Learning – details are below:

CCRS Online brings together distance learning and online education. Modules are hosted in the university's virtual learning site and there is no requirement for campus attendance. Media-rich learning resources invite independent study and reflection together with interactive and collaborative exchange among tutors and students. This online course allows for flexible, modular study to suit the needs of adult learners. Modules run throughout the academic year. 

Chris Harris

CCRS Coordinator

Life-Light Home Study Courses

28 Laurel Drive

Stockton

Southam

CV47 8FB

Phone: 01926 810 798

Email: lifelight@btinternet.com  

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Ros Stuart-Buttle

CCRS Online

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park

Liverpool

L16 9JD

Phone: 0151 291 3055

Email: ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk

Each CCRS student is required to complete six Core modules and two Elective modules.

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