Course Information

The Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education (CTC) is the qualification required for those eligible* and wishing to teach Religious Education in Catholic primary schools or in Catholic secondary schools as a 'generalist' RE teacher.  Working in partnership with the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, the University of Glasgow is responsible for this award which is offered to students on our ITE programmes.

We are delighted to offer the qualification in 2024-2025 to PGDE students at the University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of Strathclyde and the University of the West of Scotland.

The course teaching team will be drawn from specialist staff based in the University of Glasgow's School of Education.

*Please note the course is also open to those who are not eligible to teach Religious Education in the Catholic sector but the assessment will be different and those successful will gain an 'Award in Religious Understanding'.

More information on eligibility can be found here:

Course Structure

  • The course will start in September/October depending on the University and will run over two semesters.  There will be a mix of contact time and online study.


  • Assessment for the course consists of tasks that will cover theological knowledge and application to educational contexts, as appropriate.
  • Submissions are graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Submissions have to be passed in order to complete the course satisfactorily.  There is one opportunity for resubmission.

St Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education

The course is organised by the St Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education, the hub of the University of Glasgow's provision for those interested in teaching in Catholic schools.

Further details of the course will be available in the Course Handbook issued in September/October. 

*This course leads to an academic qualification, not 'teacher approval'. See SCES for details of the approval process.