• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year


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 Teachers Certificate (CREDL). An Award in Religious Understanding (CREDL) is presented to anyone else completing the programme. The Catholic Teachers Certificate (CREDL) is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in Catholic religious education*.

(*Any teacher wishing to be appointed to teach in a Catholic denominational school in Scotland must seek the approval of Church authorities by demonstrating how his/her personal religious belief and character enables him/her to undertake the duties of the particular teaching post within the context of a Catholic school, with its particular mission, values and ethos. For those posts which include responsibility for the teaching of Religious Education, teachers must provide evidence of having obtained an appropriate teaching qualification in Catholic Religious Education. The award of a Catholic Teachers Certificate to mark the successful completion of this course will be accepted in all Dioceses as fulfilling the requirements for obtaining an appropriate teaching qualification in Catholic Religious Education. However, course applicants should note that this does not negate the requirement to obtain Approval of their religious belief and character prior to appointment.)


  • 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


Please note that applicants to this programme are required to complete both the Additional Information form and Priest's reference form. These documents and more further information can be found here.


CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities. There are 2 compulsory courses. For each course, you will produce a portfolio and a 1,500-word essay. 

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • EDUC1085CREDL: Aspects of Theological Education 115 Credits

    During this course, you’ll explore aspects of the Catholic theological traditions and show a personal understanding in the context of teaching religious education. The key areas of the course are the role of scripture in theology, the relationship between faith and reason, how Jesus Christ is portrayed in scripture and the importance of the church as communion.

  • EDUC1086CREDL: Aspects of Theological Education 215 Credits

    The key areas of this 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.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. You must hold a teaching qualification or be a student on a programme of initial teacher education.
  2. If English is not your first language, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. This is an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6. If you do not have an IELTS test certificate, equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications may be accepted.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Priest's reference form and additional information form available at https://www.gla.ac.uk/study/online/credl/

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

ou have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test. 

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
21 Sep 2020
14 Aug 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £455*
  • International: £455*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?
Part-time fees 455 per 30 credits (total cost) over 1 year.

Can I get help to fund my studies?

You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

Want to learn more?