Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies


The Youth module which was to take place in March 2020 has been postponed until the next free date, which will be decided on later in the year.

The New Testament Module originally planned for June 2020 will now take place on Saturday 26th September and Saturday 10th October at a new venue:

St Thomas More Wollaton,
Glenwood Avenue,
Nottingham NG8 2GA

This is a modern, new hall and will be more suitable for CCRS requirements.

The Jesus Christ module will now take place in January 2021 with the Liturgy Module still taking place on 28th November 2020 at the above venue.

Of course, this is all subject to any further health & safety restrictions so please contact Adult Formation department for confirmation.

Who is the course for?

The course is for all adults interested in exploring their faith – from all backgrounds, walks of life - and for those involved in areas of ministry such as teaching and the various ministries involved in parish life today – catechists, eucharistic ministers, parish pastoral councils, youth work, justice and peace…..

The course seeks to provide the opportunity to explore and reflect on questions of faith, belief and everyday living as a member of the Catholic Community today. Through prayer, shared reflection, group discussion and study the course seeks to enable people to take up their ministry with greater confidence.

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Saturday 28th March 2020 - cancelled: watch out for new date

Still unsure?

Contact our CCRS mentor Robert Della-Spina who has achieved the CCRS qualification and now offers advice and help to others:

CCRS Application Form PDF

CCRS Application Form Word

Leaflet with dates for the current course in Nottingham

This is a rolling programme and you can join at any module.

Email for more information - Nottingham Diocese

Specialist Modules for Nottingham

More Information - National Website

CCRS 2018 Graduation Mackworth Course @ Stamford
Graduates from the 2016 Cleethorpes CCRS course with Fr John Martin
Graduates from the 2015 CCRS Mackworth Course
Graduates from the 2016 Nottingham CCRS course with Fr Andrew Cole and Julia Palmer

Press Statement: CCRS Twenty-Five Years On: New Research Report published this week

Forming today’s Catholics is a pressing issue for the Church. A new report CCRS Twenty-Five Years On: One Size Fits All? takes up this question and shows that one of the main vehicles over the last 25 years called the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) has made a huge impact on peoples’ personal, spiritual and professional lives. More than 20,000 adults across England and Wales have taken the course since 2000 in order to further their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, many of whom work in our Catholic schools and parishes. While the research affirms the role and contribution of the CCRS to adult formation and celebrates all that has been achieved, it also raises timely and important questions to be considered.

Research findings come from course participants as well as from interviews with bishops, diocesan education directors, head teachers and those who provide CCRS in their local area. The report gives hard evidence of the continuing need for adult theological literacy and the vast majority of participants greatly value the course and would recommend it to others. The research also identifies concerns about the type of curriculum that is needed and how best to enable adult learning with clear theological purpose and practical relevance for today. The report makes a number of recommendations for church authorities to consider but looks ahead with confidence to the next 25 years.

Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Director of the Centre for Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University, who led the research project says, “It was a privilege to undertake this research. I was inspired by the many individual stories of how the CCRS has impacted on peoples’ spiritual and professional lives. I was also challenged by the needs, perceptions and expectations that people bring to their experience of faith and stimulated, as a result, to see how lay Catholics today can grow in theological thinking that is relevant to our times.”

Fr Des Seddon, Chairman of the Board of Religious Studies of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, affirms the importance of the research report and says, “The recommendations will provide the Board of Studies with a way forward for the next Phase of developments for the CCRS. I would like to express my thanks to all those who were involved in the research.”