The Education Service

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies Course

 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 ministry 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.


Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

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

Specialist Tutor Support

For the duration of the course, you will have specialist tutors who will guide you through each module. The tutors will help you with any questions or any guidance that you need while on the CCRS course. Five two-hour tutorials are 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 in Westminster as a two-year rolling programme and requires completion of a total of eight modules: six core and two professional modules. Each module requires attendance at five two-hour sessions  and it is possible to complete the course within eighteen months to 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 Professional Modules – (Select Two from):

  • Religious Education for Catholic Primary and Secondary School Teachers
  • The Religious Life of the School for Catholic Primary and Secondary School Teachers
  • Catechetical Programmes in Parishes: Challenges and Opportunities
  • The Contribution of Catechists to the Wider Life of the Parish

Next Available CCRS Course:

Westminster Diocese will be working in collaboration with St. Mary's University, Twickenham

25 April 2018, 4.00 - 6.00pm.

Larmenier &Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

41A Brook Green


London W6 7BL

For further information and a booking form for the next course please contact the CCRS Co-ordinator, Liz O'Brien, via Email – 



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



CV47 8FB

Phone: 01926 810 798



Ros Stuart-Buttle

CCRS Online

Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park


L16 9JD

Phone: 0151 291 3055


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