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Catholic Certificate In Religious Studies Essays

Introduction

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. It was introduced in 1991 to replace its predecessors, The Catholic Teachers' Certificate and the Certificate in Religious Education. Any person who is or wishes to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for this course. This includes those involved in Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis and other ministries in the Church and anyone who wishes to follow the course for faith development or personal interest. The course seeks to ensure that participants have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of the beliefs of the Catholic Faith. It also provides a basis for further study.

Course Aims

Study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies aims to:

  • provide teachers and those involved in parish ministry with knowledge and understanding of the teaching and beliefs of the Catholic Faith
  • develop an appreciation of the principles of Catholic education at all levels
  • employ and encourage sound adult educational processes which express Gospel values
  • enhance understanding of education within the Church as a life-long process
  • enable all participants to make an informed contribution to their chosen field of work in the Church
  • highlight the role and function of Religious Education within the school curriculum

Course Structure

The certificate can only be awarded after a minimum of two years' and a maximum of five years' study.

There are eight modules:

  • six core modules
  • two specialist modules.

The core modules explore the Scriptures, the Person of Jesus Christ, the Church and its sacramental life and moral understanding.

The specialist modules relate to each participant's ministry in the Church, covering such areas as Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis, Liturgy, Justice and Peace.

Each module requires:

  • ten hours' contact time
  • an assignment of 1500 words of equivalent.

Achieving the  Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies at CCRS@brighton

The CCRS is awarded by the Roman Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

Its function is to equip adults with a basic theological understanding of the Catholic faith and with the tools to communicate this from an adult stance.

Details are provided in the CCRS Handbook available on the CES website.

What you will study on the CCRS:

The Certificate is composed of 8 modules: 6 core modules and 2 optional.

Core Modules

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Church
  • Christology
  • Sacraments
  • Morality

Our optional modules at CCRS@brighton:

  • Liturgy and Worship
  • Teaching and Learning

To achieve the Certificate, all modules have to be successfully completed.  The pass mark is 40% and the grading is pass/fail.

Kate will provide you with a module certificate for each module you complete successfully.  When you have accumulated all of the required eight modules, you will apply to the Catholic Education Service for the final Certificate, which will cost about £20.

All modules to be considered for the award of CCRS have to be completed within a five year period.

If you feel that you could make a claim for accreditation of prior learning, please ask Kate about this.

Your assignment

Each module will be assessed by means of a written  assignment of at least 1500 words.   If you have difficulty with writing assignments,  let one of us know and we will look at other ways of assessment.

You will be offered a number of possible titles and some support in structuring your essay (or equivalent).  You will have four weeks to complete this and submit it to Kate or Adrian.

We will operate a process of second marking  to ensure fairness. There is also a moderation group for CCRS which we link into to make sure the standards are appropriate.

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The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is a certificate managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the CatholicBishops' Conference of England and Wales.[1] It was introduced in 1991 to replace its predecessors, The Catholic Teachers’ Certificate and the Certificate in Religious Education.

It is designed to:

  • provide teachers and those involved in parish ministry with knowledge and understanding of the teaching and beliefs of the Catholic Faith
  • develop an appreciation of the principles of Catholic education at all levels
  • employ and encourage sound adult educational processes which express Gospel values
  • enhance understanding of education within the Church as a lifelong process
  • enable all participants to make an informed contribution to their chosen field of work in the Church
  • highlight the role and function of Religious Education within the school curriculum.

There are eight modules:

  • six core modules (Old Testament, New Testament, Church, Christology, Sacraments and Morality)
  • two specialist elective modules

The core modules explore the Scriptures, the Person of Jesus Christ, the Church and its sacramental life and moral understanding.

The specialist modules relate to each participant’s ministry in the Church, covering such areas as Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis, Liturgy, Justice and Peace. Other modules of a practical nature for teachers, for catechists, for youth workers, for liturgists are available.

Each module requires:

  • ten hours’ contact time
  • an assignment of 1500 words of equivalent.

The Course is offered in all five Catholic Colleges of Higher Education and at centres in every diocese in England and Wales.

The certificate is issued after all eight modules are passed. There is a maximum time limit of five years from the start of the first module to complete the eight modules.

It is incorrectly thought of as a pre-requisite for a job as a teacher in a Catholic School. However, schools will employ non-CCRS teachers, or ask newly employed teachers to work towards the award if it is decided that it is necessary.

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