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Children’s University Scotland Children’s University Scotland Awards

Why this award?

Children’s University awards are all about inspiring a love of learning and celebrating achievements outside the classroom. Children collect credits for all activities that happen at lunchtime, after school, during evenings weekends and holidays. From football practice to youth groups, museum visits to dance classes, reading challenges to science experiments, children decide what they want to do -and each credit counts towards a Children’s University award.

Every participant gets a Passport to Learning. This looks just like a normal passport; they use it to record their achievements — with stamps, stickers or signatures.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 from age 5 to 14, but most of our members are aged 8 to 13. Children’s University is for children of all backgrounds – it’s fun and enjoyable, non-competitive, and accessible for all. Children must be attending a participating school. Schools can find out more about engaging with us through their local nearest Local Centre.

What time commitment is required?

We have 10 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.

Is the award externally accredited?

​Not externally accredited. However, achievements are recognised through Children’s University Awards in the form of Certificates presented at Graduation Ceremonies held at real universities.

Provider: Children’s University Scotland

Website: Click here

Budget: Free

For Ages: 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


Contact Christine Norval on 0131 202 0430, or send an email.