The Education Service

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, parish or ministry.

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 Professional modules). 

UNDERSTANDING THE CORE MODULES

Each Core Module consists of:  

  • Attendance and participation in five two-hour group tutorials. 
  • Reading and preparation for either a 1500 word assignment (current course students) or a group presentation with notes and reflections (students on courses beginning from April 2018). 

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 significance 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 PROFESSIONAL MODULES:

The professional modules build upon the understanding of Catholic theology discussed in the core modules. They consider its application within a school, parish or ministry setting. The same requirements as the core modules apply.

Students must opt for two of the following modules:

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

 

THE NEXT AVAILABLE CCRS COURSE:

Westminster Diocese will be working in collaboration with specialist tutors from St. Mary's University, Twickenham to deliver this course.

Commencement of Module One: 25 April 2018, 4.00 - 6.00pm.

Venue: Larmenier &Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

41A Brook Green

Hammersmith

London W6 7BL

For further information and a booking form for this course please contact the CCRS Co-ordinator, Liz O'Brien, via Email – ccrs@rcdow.org.uk 

 

 

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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 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.

For those wishing to begin the CCRS course but are unable to attend a venue within Westminster Diocese, 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 professional modules.

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