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Awards and certificates

Rewarding your achievements, celebrating your success!

Certificates and Graduations

At Children’s University Scotland, our favourite part of what we do is celebrating your incredible achievements. We do this with certificates and awards which we present to you at our fantastic graduation ceremonies!

It’s all about celebrating your enthusiasm for learning, your drive to try something new and to keep doing the things you enjoy, and your hopes and aspirations for your future.

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I really enjoyed Children’s University because I got to hang out with and make new friends. The best part of being involved was the graduation at Strathclyde. My mum was able to come along and watch me succeed by being presented with my certificate and she was so proud of me!


Passport Holder, Glasgow Children's University

What awards are available?

There are lots of different awards available at Children’s University, so there’s lots of chances to celebrate your achievements. You can read about all the awards on the inside page of your Passport.


The first award level is the Bronze Undergraduate Award, and you need 30 credits to get this.


After this, there are Silver and Gold Undergraduate Awards – for 65 hours and 100 hours of learning.


There are more awards above Gold, right up to an award for 1,000 hours of voluntary learning! With each new award, we hope children will be inspired to try new things, explore new learning environments and develop their skills in new and exciting ways. The sky is the limit!

Reaching an award level

If you’ve got enough credits on Aspire, you’ll receive an award certificate.

Welcome to the University

You, your family, and your teachers are welcomed into the university.

Hats, gowns and smiles

You’ll wear a real gown, and hat, which you can throw high in the air at the end!

An inspiring ceremony

Stirring speeches, inspiring stories and entertainment, before you walk onstage to collect your award.

More information about certificates and graduations

Read our questions and answers to find out more.

How many activities should be used to gain an award?

If you do something regularly — like going to a swimming club — and you get really good at it, then that’s brilliant. Keep it up!

But to achieve a Children’s University award, you need to do more than one activity. That’s because we want to encourage you to try out new and unfamiliar experiences — we think that’s the best way to learn. Trying things you’re not used to will help you achieve your ambitions as you grow up.

But your favourite activity (let’s say it’s the swimming club) can still count towards your award. It just can’t count for more than one third of your award credits.

So, if you’re aiming for an award that needs 30 credits, your activities could be:

  • 10 hours of swimming club — practice, competitions, coaching
  • 4 hours of Brownies — badge work is the main focus of learning
  • 10 hours of school clubs — like the chess club or cookery club
  • 6 hours of music — tuition, practice, performance

How will you know when I'm ready to receive my award?

Your teacher, or the staff at your local Children’s University centre, will see how you’re getting along by looking at your Aspire account.

That’s why it’s really important to keep your Aspire account up to date — so we don't miss you off the list when it comes to graduation time!

How often do the ceremonies take place?

Your local centre will be able to tell you when the next ceremony is likely to be. You can find their contact details in the Our Centres section.

Will I graduate for every award I receive?

That depends on the local centre that you're a part of. Some local centres offer in-school graduations for bronze and silver awards and host bigger graduation ceremonies on-campus for gold-level awards only. Other local centres host graduations for any award level.

To find out more about this, it would be best to contact your local CU manager and see what the usual process is in your area. Find their contact details in the Our Centres section.