Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Digby Stuart CollegeThe Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is a national course validated by the Board of Studies of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. It is designed for teachers in Catholic schools to equip them with a basic understanding of the Church, its teaching and way of life, and to enable them to contribute to the maintenance of the ethos of the Catholic school. It is highly recommended for those who would like to teach in Catholic schools and for anybody who wishes to deepen their Christian faith in the Catholic tradition. Find out more from the Board of Studies. For details of the programme at Digby Stuart College please contact:

Ginny Jordan-Arthur
CCRS Administrator
Tel: 020 8392 3003

CCRS module dates for 2021/22


The Church
Monday evenings 6-9pm. - 4th, 11th, and 18th of October

Old Testament
Monday evenings 6-9pm. 1st, 8th and 15th of November

New Testament
Monday evenings 6-9pm. 22nd, 29th November and 6th of December

Christian Morality
Monday evenings 6-9pm. 17th, 24th, 31 January

Teaching in a Catholic School
10am - 3:00pm, 14th and 15th February

Monday evenings 6-9pm. 21st, 28th February and 7th of March

Person of Jesus
Monday evenings 6-9pm. 14th, 21st, 28th of March

Catholic Social Teaching
Monday evenings 9th, 16th, 23rd of May

Sessions will be held on Zoom hosted by Digby Stuart College. On registering you will be sent the link and password.


To find the location of the Digby Stuart College Chapel and Convent Parlour please download our campus map.


There is a non-refundable registration fee of £35 which includes a year’s free subscription to the Pastoral Review (a Tablet publication). The programme is charged by module at £30.00 per module. 

Payments for the next CCRS teaching session are to be paid via the University of Roehampton's online payment facility, estore.

Who is the programme for?

Here at Digby Stuart the CCRS course is open to all who are interested. It is particularly valuable for all teachers and an essential requirement for any teacher applying for senior management positions in Catholic Education. We also recommend this course for those who may simply wish to expand their knowledge of their faith.

How is the programme run?

At Digby Stuart we recognise the pressure that prospective teachers are under; therefore we have produced a programme that means you can complete the CCRS programme in one year, though you may take up to 5 years if you wish. The modules are offered mainly as evening classes with a few daytime options during the school half terms. To be awarded the CCRS you must complete the six core modules and your choice of two specialist modules. To complete any module you will be expected to attend at least 80% of lectures for that module as well as devoting time to private study and research. Each module is assessed by an assignment: usually an essay of 1500 words to be given in six weeks after the final lecture for that module.

You can download the CCRS handbook from the Board of Studies of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales website: CCRS Course handbook.

Read 'CCRS Twenty Five Years On' – a report by the Catholic Education Service.