Postgraduate taught 

Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) Cert: Online distance learning

CREDL: Aspects of Theological Education 1 EDUC1085

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course allows students to 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.


Students should normally expect to complete CREDL 1 and CREDL 2 in one academic year commencing in September.

Excluded Courses





A final essay will demonstrate understanding of the theological areas studied in the context of the teaching of RE.

Course Aims

■ to offer participants a broad awareness of the link between theological understanding and the teaching of Religious Education in Catholic schools;

■ to encourage a critical awareness of appropriate theological language in the teaching of Religious Education in Catholic schools;

■ * to allow participants to develop the intellectual knowledge and thinking skills necessary to become an effective teacher of Religious Education in Catholic schools.  *for CTC only

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the place of Scripture in Catholic theology

■ Explore how an understanding of the relationship between faith and reason is central to Catholic theological thinking

■ Identify how the person of Jesus Christ is portrayed in Scripture

■ Explain the importance of the 'Church as communion' in contemporary Catholic thought

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must complete at least 75% of the course formative assessment tasks and successfully complete the assignment.