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Studying for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) in Hallam

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)  is a nationally recognised course designed to give you an understanding of basic Christian theology. Hallam offers this course over 2 years, starting annually in September.
Each year students have found that the course gives them a chance to explore and deepen their faith, study the Bible , learn from church teaching and scholars past and present, and look at how faith is put into action in the world we live in.Take a look round our website,  and the national CCRS website, to get an idea of what the course entails.Details of open days and registration dates will be posted here as well as in the Diocesan and Parish press

Click the link below if you're interested in starting the course.
We'll get in touch with more information and can arrange a chat.

There will be an introductory evening on TBC at the Hallam Pastoral Centre.

You can register for the CCRS in advance by contacting us , or simply register on the day at the intro evening.




Please feel free to contact us via email* or a message can be left for us at the department  -see the Contact Us page

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  • The course lasts 2 years.
  • Comprises 8 modules (4 per year).
  • 6 are core modules, common to all teaching centres.
  • 2 are chosen from the specialist modules offered by that centre.
  • The 6 core modules are
    • Old Testament
    • New Testament
    • Jesus Christ
    • The Church
    • Sacraments
    • Morality
  • Hallam currently offers modules in Liturgy, Catholic Social Teaching and Early British Christianity.
  • Teaching for each module is normally three Saturdays a month (9am-12.30pm).
  • Teaching takes place at the Hallam Pastoral Centre and is a mixture of lectures, individual and group exercises, and reflective practice.
  • Tutors are theologically qualified staff from the Diocese, both Lay and Ordained.
  • There is a small charge per module.
  • Successful participants obtain a nationally recognised Catholic qualification.

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 is designed for teachers in Catholic schools; that they may have a "basic understanding of the Church, its teaching and way of life". It is also designed for catechists and for adult members of the Church in order for them to continue to grow in knowledge and practice of the faith, and be better equipped for sharing it.

In Hallam, the course regularly draws students of all ages and backgrounds. Participants have commented on how the course makes them think and learn about their faith, but also helps strengthen and deepen it.

The course is based around eight modules.

Core Modules

 There are six core modules:


Specialist Modules

Students also take two specialist modules. Current options in Hallam include:


There are also special modules on religious education for teachers and those involved in education.

Saturday 2nd October
Saturday 9th October
Saturday 16th October

Saturday 13th November
Saturday 27th November
Saturday 4th December


There is a £20 Registration fee (which includes the national CCRS registration) to enrol on the course. For students registering for October 2021, the cost for each module taken is £50 which includes all tuition, worksheets and assignments. A concessionary price of £25 per module is available for those on low income. Anyone involved in Parish ministry (e.g. catechists, readers, children’s liturgy leaders, pastoral musicians, evangelisation teams, extraordinary ministers of communion) is encouraged to investigate whether their Parish is willing to pay for them to complete the CCRS.

If you move or cannot complete the course in Hallam you can transfer the modules you have completed and finish the course in another diocese, of take time out and pick up the remaining modules here in a subsequent year, provided you complete all modules within 5 years.

Sessions take place at the Hallam Pastoral Centre in Sheffield, (St Charles St, Sheffield, S9 3WU) which is easily accessible from the M1 and from the Inner Ring Road and has ample parking, good teaching rooms and a well-stocked library for students.

Assessments & Certificates

AssignmentsEach module requires full attendance to complete. In addition, there is an assessed piece of work for each module  This is usually a written assignment of 1500 words, but other modes of assessment such as presentations and discussion, reflective journals and research reports may also be used.

Upon successful completion of all 8 modules, you will be awarded the CCRS certificate from the Board of Studies for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. This is usually presented by the Bishop at a special evening in October/November to which your friends and family are also warmly invited.


If you wish to register or receive more information, please fill the Register your interest Form or send us an email with your name, address and enquiry, and we'll get back to you with details and the opportunity for a chat about joining the course.

Please noteby emailing us, you consent to your submitted details being collected, stored and used by the Diocese of Hallam only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided them to us. Read more in our Privacy and Security Policy.


Register your interest Form