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Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) PGCert

Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) PGCert

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12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Religious Studies Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This online programme has been specifically designed to provide students with the requisite understanding of the main tenets of Catholic Christian theology. Students will also learn about the Catholic vision of education and the methodology appropriate to Catholic religious education in primary and secondary schools. Please note, while open to all, this programme has been designed for Catholic teachers wishing to teach Religious Education in Catholic schools. Successful completion of the programme by Catholic teachers will result in the award of the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate (CREDL). An Award in Religious Understanding (CREDL) is presented to anyone else completing the programme. The Catholic Teacher’s Certificate (CREDL) is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in Catholic religious education.


  • The Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (along with the necessary church approval) will allow you to teach in Catholic schools.
  • It will provide you with the requisite understanding of the main tenets of Catholic Christian theology, the Catholic vision of education and the methodology appropriate to Catholic religious education.
  • This programme is also recommended if you are a qualified teacher and want to re-visit your understanding of these issues as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • It can be completed concurrently with a BEd or PGDE programme and the MA Primary Education in Dumfries, (or subsequently on completion of any of these programmes).
  • CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities.


  • Gain knowledge of the scriptures, doctrines, morals and practices of the Catholic faith
  • Understand the roles of scripture, language, liturgy, signs and symbols in the traditions and insights of Catholic education
  • Appreciate the stages of personal religious and moral development and the appropriate educational responses to these
  • Explore approaches to learning and teaching in religious education, relating methods and practices to subject content, curriculum development and faith formation
  • Interpret and contextualise a range of biblical, doctrinal and religious principles and beliefs, and develop and implement appropriate educational experiences based upon these
  • Gain positive, varied and motivating contexts for learning and personal growth in religious education, based upon confidence in using the syllabus, resources and strategies of the subject area
  • Continual critical enquiry and personal development in values and religious education
  • Develop sensitivity to culture, authority, belonging and tradition in religion
  • Research into the relationship of faith to life, to religious practice, to tolerance and to respect for difference
  • Develop reflective professional practice in the broad interpersonal, spiritual and philosophical dimensions of education.


This course allows students to explore aspects of the Catholic Theological Tradition and show a personal understanding in the context of teaching Religious Education. The key areas of the course are: the role and purposes of the sacraments in Catholic Theology, principles of Catholic moral teaching, the role and purpose of liturgy in Catholic Theology and the characteristics of contemporary Catholic education in both national and international context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£455 per 30 Credits. Additional fees applicable.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

You must hold a teaching qualification or be a student on a programme of initial teacher education.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more