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Curiosity Collective Children’s University Awards

Why this award?

Children’s University encourages children and young people to be curious, explore new challenges and choose experiences that set their imagination alight. Our unique approach boosts children’s confidence and wellbeing, nurtures their skills, raises their aspirations, and sparks a love of learning that stays with them throughout their lives.

Children’s University awards promote and celebrate learning and achievement that takes place beyond the classroom – during lunchtimes, after school, at weekends and in the holidays. Children and young people collect virtual credit coins and skill points for taking part in activities such as after-school clubs, drama groups, sports teams or learning experiences at museums, parks and community centres.

The learning journey is about developing practical and personal skills, building confidence, discovering new interests, and experiencing fun new ways to learn. By incentivising voluntary learning Children's University supports young people to develop interests, engage in learning that improves health and wellbeing and build confidence and skills that broaden their horizons.

Who is it for?

Our awards are open to children, aged 5-14, of all backgrounds – it’s fun and enjoyable, non-competitive, and accessible for all. Children and young people normally join our awards scheme through a participating school. Schools and organisations who offer extracurricular learning opportunities can find out more about Children’s University by emailing hello@curiositycollective.org.uk

What time commitment is required?

There are 10 Children’s University award levels, from Undergraduate Award to Postgraduate Fellowship. Each level has a Bronze, Silver and Gold award. On average it takes around 1 year to reach each award level, depending on how often children participate in activities outside school hours. There’s no pressure for children to reach any award within a specific timeframe, each child’s journey and goals are theirs to decide.

Is the award externally accredited?

Achievements are recognised through Children’s University Awards in the form of Certificates presented at celebration events held at participating schools, colleges and universities.

Case study: Rebecca – My CU Scotland Journey

Provider: Curiosity Collective

Website: Click here

Budget: Free

For Ages: under 10 - 14

Time to Complete: 30 Hours


  • Sport
  • Nature
  • Volunteering
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Youth Work
  • Get Outdoors
  • Making friends
  • Enterprise
  • Adventure
  • Achievement
  • Develop my CV
  • Help get into College or Uni
  • Gain new skills
  • Physical Activity

Type of Involvement:

  • With Others
  • Local Community
  • On my own
  • Join a group

Award Recognition:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • To build skills and experience

Meeting Frequency: Ad Hoc


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