Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The parish community, in collaboration with the home and school, has a privileged opportunity and responsibility to help all concerned to grow in their faith. This is a life long process.

To achieve this we need to help those involved in the task ...
  • to share their vision and have an adult understanding of the central truths of the Catholic Faith
  • to be able to make an informed contribution to their chosen field of work in the local church
  • to employ and encourage sound educational processes appropriate to the needs of their group and which express Gospel values

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is designed for just this purpose - for those engaged in the communication of their Catholic Faith, whether directly or indirectly. It is open to teachers - primary and secondary; catechists, people involved in liturgical work and other interested adults.
The Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is awarded by the Board of Religious Studies of the Bishops’ of England and Wales.


Please return completed Application forms to:
CCRS Co-ordinator at LACE

The venue will be  
Liverpool Archdiocesan Conference & Events  (within the Archdiocesan Office)    
Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AA

The Orientation evening will be held 26 September 2019  
* All enquiries and correspondence to the CCRS Coordinator at LACE, or by phone 0151 522 1053 on Tuesdays or email:
(n.b. Those who have already completed part of the course here or at other centres, please request the appropriate information and form.)

INFORMATION  -CCRS Twenty-Five Years on - One Size Fits All?

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.” 

Below is a link to the published findings following the research project led by Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle.