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Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

Finding Christ, Finding LifeThe Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies aims to provide an introduction to Catholic theology and to enable every participant to grow in understanding as they live their faith.

Throughout the course, basic and important areas of theology are explored, and necessary skills are developed  to be able to apply this in the Catholic school or parish.

The aim is also to enable students to discern the Word of God in their own lives and deepen their commitment to it, having measured it against the Scriptures and the teaching of the Church.

The course consists of eight modules. The CCRS is awarded on completion of the eight modules, (six Core modules and two Specialist modules). 

UNDERSTANDING THE CORE MODULES

Each Core Module consists of:  

  • Attendance at tutorials/seminars or lectures. 
  • Reading for and production of one piece of written work or a presentation. 

OLD TESTAMENT 

The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the writings in the Old Testament in order to help them to recognise God's revelation contained there and its continuing relevance to Christian life today.

NEW TESTAMENT 

The purpose of this module is to familiarise participants with the process through which the New Testament writings came into being and to help them interpret the material presented and to understand its significane for the life of a Christian today.

JESUS CHRIST 

The purpose of this module is to deepen participants awareness of the significane and centrality of the person and work of Jesus Christ in the daily life of the Christian as well as in the worship of the Church.

THE CHURCH 

The purpose of this module is to enable participants to reflect on the nature of the Church and its mission in the world today.

THE SACRAMENTS 

The purpose of this module is to develop participants understanding and appreciation of Sacraments in the life of Catholics as a sign of Christ's continuing presence with the Church.

CHRISTIAN MORALITY 

The purpose of this module is to help participants develop the skills of moral decision making, to examine Christian teaching in its relation to the universal search for what constitutes 'human good', and to explore the application of Christian understanding

UNDERSTANDING THE ELECTIVE MODULES:

The elective modules cover a wide variety of topics from prayer and spirituality to an introduction to Canon Law. The same requirements as the core modules apply.

Each year students may opt for one, two or three of the following modules but only TWO are required as part of the CCRS Certificate.

SCHOOL BASED ELECTIVE MODULES:

Education and Faith in Catholic Primary Schools: The purpose of this module is to enable participants to have a deeper understanding of the distinct nature of Catholic education and the mission of the Catholic school in the faith formation of the whole community.

Some aspects of Religious Education in the Catholic Primary School:          

  • To explore ways in which RE can best facilitate religious growth and development of all children in the Catholic primary school
  • To discover how liturgy and prayer might contribute to the religious experience of children and to the life of the school
  • To examine some important elements of RE in terms of content, method and assessment

An introduction to teaching RE in the Catholic Primary School:

The purpose of this module is to give participants an overview of the pedagogies appropriate for the teaching of religious education in the light of the Curriculum Directory

  • To consider ways of applying some of the National Strategy guidance to religious education
  • To help assess appropriate styles for different types of topic
  • To address the learning needs of different groups of students
  • To incorporate assessment for learning effectively

Developing the teaching of RE in the Catholic secondary school:

  • The purpose of this module is to give participants an understanding of the evolution and rationale of both the Church and education contexts in which programmes have been developed
  • appreciate the significance of key Church documents
  • distinguish the distinctive aims of catechesis, Evangelisation and religious education
  • recognise the distinct features of different religious education programmes
  • be able to evaluate new developments in religious education

PARISH BASED ELECTIVES:

Introduction to Parish Catechesis 

Parish Catechesis: Further perspectives and challenges 

Liturgy

Prayer & Spirituality

Canon Law

Please note that not all elective modules will normally run every year.

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              Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

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.

For those wishing to begin the CCRS course you have two options to select from which will enable you to begin the course, you can select on-line 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. For further questions or enquiries please email ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk or telephone Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle on 0151 291 3055.

 

Ros Stuart-Buttle

CCRS Online

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park

Liverpool

L16 9JD

Phone: 0151 291 3055

Email: ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk

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Distance Learning

Please contact:

Chris Harris

CCRS Coordinator

Life-Light Home Study Courses

28 Laurel Drive

Stockton

Southam

CV47 8FB

Phone: 01926 810 798

Email: lifelight@btinternet.com  

 

Each CCRS students is required to complete six core modules and two elective modules.

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