Children's University


Welcome to St John Vianney’s Children University (CU) page.  Below is a few details of what the CU is and how we accredit the activities that are done. 

What is the Children’s University?

Described by the Sunday Times as ‘The University of Fun’, Children’s University is a critically acclaimed, extra-curricular programme which takes learning outside the classroom; we encourage children to try new experiences; develop new interests; discover unknown talents; acquire new skills and hone existing ones.  CU operates across the UK and, more recently, has expanded internationally: Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands with further developments in the pipeline.  In Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre, the local Children’s University has been very successful and in 2013/14 over 3000 students participated from 37 schools.

How does it work?

Children attend diverse menus of learning activities, everything from lectures about chemistry of fireworks to street dance workshop. Museums, sports venues, universities and afterschool clubs to name a few.  Recognition of effort and achievement is central to the programme’s success and each time a participant completes a learning activity they receive a credit equivalent to the number of hours (1 hour of learning equals 1 credit).  Once sufficient credits have been accrued the young person is awarded a certificate of achievement – there are three levels: undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate – which are presented to him/her at a CU graduation ceremony modelled on the ‘grown up’ version.

Further information

Please visit www.childrensuniversity.co.uk

GRADUATIONS

We will host our graduation event in July 2018 (date to be confirmed) in church.  This event will be modelled on the graduation ceremonies at university.  Children will wear a special cap and gown for the event and there will be opportunities for the families to attend and take pictures, making the day a memorable day in your child’s life.

A guide to the awards offered:-

PASSPORT TO LEARNING: ACCREDITATION

The UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL is about choosing to take part

 

ACCREDITATION

HOURS REQUIRED

AWARDS

BRONZE AWARD

30 - 64

SILVER AWARD

65 - 99

GOLD AWARD

100 – 129

CERTIFICATES

BRONZE CERTIFICATE

130 – 164

SILVER CERTIFICATE

165 – 199

GOLD CERTIFICATE

200 - 229

DIPLOMAS

BRONZE DIPLOMA

230 – 264

SILVER DIPLOMA

265 – 299

GOLD DIPLOMA

300 – 329

DEGREE

BRONZE DEGREE

330 – 364

SILVER DEGREE

365 – 399

GOLD DEGREE

400 +

The POSTGRADUATE LEVEL is about choosing to take part and showing what you have achieved through displays; performances; exhibitions; and publications

 

ACCREDITATION

HOURS REQUIRED

AWARDS

BRONZE AWARD

430 – 464

SILVER AWARD

465 – 499

GOLD AWARD

500 – 529

CERTIFICATES

BRONZE CERTIFICATE

530 – 564

SILVER CERTIFICATE

565 – 599

GOLD CERTIFICATE

600 – 629

DIPLOMAS

BRONZE DIPLOMA

630 – 664

SILVER DIPLOMA

665 – 699

GOLD DIPLOMA

700 – 729

DEGREE

BRONZE DEGREE

730 – 764

SILVER DEGREE

765 – 799

GOLD DEGREE

800 +