Diocesan Department for Education - H and N Diocese

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education


Please note: The Diocesan Certificate in Religious Studies (DCRS) has been withdrawn and has been replaced with the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS). Any person who is currently registered on the DCRS programme will be automatically transferred to the CCRS programme without any disruption to their studies.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

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.

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.

Who is the CCRS for?

• Catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith and Catholic Education
• Serving teachers in Catholic and other schools
• Teachers in training preparing to take up posts in Catholic schools


CCRS Assignment Assessment Sheet

2018-19 Programme Booklet

2018-19 Booking form

CCRS Course Handbook – Fifteenth Edition

CCRS Cover Sheet