Course Overview

The Certificate in Religious Education (Primary School) aims to contribute to the theological and pedagogical development of qualified primary school teachers and other teachers of children of primary school age and to equip then with the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to teach Religious Education within Irish primary schools and for sacramental preparation.

Given this focus, this course would also be of interest to parents of primary school children and parish catechists working with children of primary school age.

Applications and Selections

Please complete and return our Online Application Form
Closing date for applications is 14th May 2021 (this may be extended depending on uptake).

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The course is open to:

  • Qualified primary school teachers;
  • Qualified post-primary school teachers who wish to transfer to primary school teaching.

In addition, the course would be open to parents, sacramental preparation teams and parish catechists who have a specific interest in the area of primary religious education.

Additional Requirements


One year (part-time)

Next start date

Autumn 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

14th May 2021

NFQ level

Level 7

Mode of study

ECTS weighting


Certificate in Religious Education (Primary School)


Course code

Course Outline

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • express a degree of theological insight
  • show an awareness of the theological and educational underpinning of Religious Education within the primary school programme
  • demonstrate a range of teaching skills appropriate to the delivery of Religious Education within primary schools
  • deliver primary school RE programmes
  • participate with competence and confidence in sacramental preparation
  • demonstrate an integration of their personal and professional development.

The Certificate in part-time with online delivery and some face-to-face lectures .

Module 1: Fundamental Theology and Foundational Ethics
Module 2: Biblical Studies and Biblical Christology
Module 3: Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology
Module 4: RE in the Primary School

Module 4 will run throughout the year concurrently with the other modules and its delivery and assessment will be based specifically on the particular teaching context of the participating teachers.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Certificate in Religious Education (Primary School) is designed to provide qualified primary school teachers with a basic preparation and qualification in teaching Religious Education within Irish primary schools. Given this focus it would also be of interest to parents of primary school children and parish catechists working with children of primary school age.

For those who have qualified to teach in a primary school, but have not received a Certificate in Catholic Primary Education, this course meets the requirement as outlined by the Irish Bishops' Conference, and allows for career development, especially in the Catholic Primary sector.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€780 (2021/2022)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Application Fee: €25 (non-refundable)

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Ms Mary Kearns
Senior Administrator
School of Education
T: +353(0)71 9195550


   What Our Students Say


Seán Grealy |   Certificate in Religious Education (Primary School)

As a parent, I was delighted to get the opportunity to broaden the intellectual underpinnings of my faith so as to be better able to catechise my children. The course exposed me to areas of Christian doctrine I hadn’t ever thought much about and with which I had to acquaint myself academically for the first time. The online presentations and resources, and the essay format used for assessment, meant that the course was ideal for busy people, as the student had full control over when he or she accessed the material.