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Devon and Cornwall Children's University

What is Children’s University?

The Children's University™ is a national project which recognizes the achievements of young people who choose to take part in high-quality out of hours learning activities. The aim is to raise the aspirations of our young people by introducing them to a wide range of learning opportunities and by attending celebration events hosted by local universities and colleges. 

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In Cornwall, the project age range is from five to fourteen years old and students get involved through participating schools and clubs. They earn certificates for the hours of extra learning they choose to do in their free time and to qualify these activities must be validated by Children’s University to ensure the learning offered meets high standards of quality. Activities and clubs can be run by schools exclusively for their pupils, for example after-school club or holiday activity programmes, or by public venues and providers such as museums, galleries, libraries, community clubs and businesses which we call ‘Learning Destinations’. This is the most up to date list of Learning Destinations in Cornwall

Students record their participation in a ‘Passport to Learning’ (available from participating schools and clubs) and their achievements are rewarded with certificates which they receive for completing ‘milestones’ from 30 hours all the way up to 1000 hours of validated activities.  Certificates are presented in school assemblies and once a student has achieved 65 hours or more they will be invited to our ‘graduation’ ceremonies hosted by universities and colleges.


If you are a school or activity provider and would like to find out more about getting involved in Devon and Cornwall Children’s University please contact Plymouth University.

If you are a parent/carer or child interested in joining the scheme... The 'Passports to Learning' are available through validated schools and clubs. Please speak to your school or club provider to see if they already offer the scheme to pupils or members.  

Devon and Cornwall Children’s University is managed by Plymouth University