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Perhaps, for you, the time has come for some serious commitment to growing your faith, and you feel it’s time for a formal, university style course. See the list below for what’s on offer.

CCRS- Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies: a requirement for certain levels of leadership in Catholic education, this course is also suitable for anyone wanting to grow in their faith. It is run by the diocesan Education Service (NORES) and moves around the diocese from year to year.

Maryvale International Catholic Institute: Maryvale is based just outside Birmingham and runs distance learning courses across a variety of subjects, including Marriage and Family Life, Catechesis, Hospital Chaplaincy and Parish Mission and Ministry.

Newman University: Also based near Birmingham, Newman offers a variety of university courses including Catholic School Leadership, Catholic Social Teaching, and Chaplaincy.

St Mary’s University, Twickenham: In leafy west London, St Mary’s offers degrees in Theology, Ethics, Healthcare and Youth Ministry.