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Learning Activities & Destinations

Every learning activity takes place at a learning destination, and there are lots to choose from!

Learning Activities & Destinations

At Children's University Scotland there’s a very long list of learning destinations. We're adding more all the time!

Each learning destination offers a unique, exciting, interactive learning activity. And each time you take part, you get a credit in your Passport to Learning.

Head to our Activity Search to find a destination near you!

 

Search all activities

Large learning centres

Museums, science centres, art galleries and historic venues

Small local venues

Libraries, sports centres, local parks, community centres

One-off events

Open days, festivals, summer camps, special events

Your regular venues

Weekly workshops, lunchtime clubs, after-school groups

Find a learning destination near you

There are three ways to search for public learning destinations.

 

  1. Search for public learning destinations on this website.
  2. Head to the e-Passport site and search for activities
  3. Download the e-Passport app to your phone (or a grown-up’s phone) and use the map to find learning destinations.
     

If you’re looking for an activity that takes place inside your school, you can only search for it on the e-Passport site.

 

Start your website search here

 

Suggest an activity

Do you take part in an activity outside school that isn’t on our list? Tell us! We're always on the lookout for new activities that we can credit in the Passport to Learning.

Just download our New Learning Activity form below, fill it out, and send it back to us. 

 

Download the New Learning Activity form

 

Before we can add the activity to our list we have to check it meets our criteria and have a chat with the activity provider. Please be patient - this can take a bit of time!

Want to know more?

Here’s some more information about learning activities and destinations.

How do I know if a venue is a learning destination?

There are ways you can tell:

1. They might have a Children’s University learning destination sticker or poster in their window, at their ticket desk or on their website to advertise their status as a learning destination. It looks like this:

2. Try searching for it on this website or on the e-Passport. If you can find it, it’s one of our learning destinations.

3. Simply ask the venue staff if they’re involved in Children’s University!

My activity isn’t on your list – can it be added so I can get a credit?

We try to include as many activities on the list as possible, but this is a big task - especially if you think about how many activities take place in one small part of Scotland!

If you take part in an activity that's not on the list, tell your school coordinator or the manager of your local centre about it. They’ll see if it matches our requirements (more about this here), and if it does, they'll do their best to add it for you. It can take a little time to do this, so please be patient!

You can find a handy activity suggestion form here.

You can find your local centre manager's contact details here.

Is the number of credits always the same as the activity duration?

Usually, the credits for an activity are the same as the number of hours the activity lasts for. So, an activity that lasts two hours might be worth two credits, and one that lasts 30 minutes might be worth half a credit.

But for some activities, the number of credits might be less than the number of hours you spend on the activity. For example, an activity that lasts one hour and 20 minutes might only be worth half a credit.

There are two reasons for this:

  • Firstly, we want to focus each credit on the learning that takes place at the learning destination, rather than the whole amount of time you spend at the venue. For example, someone might spend six hours at a gymnastics competition day, but they might only be taking part in the competition themselves for an hour or so - that's the bit we want to give credit for because it involves active learning.
  • Secondly, we want to encourage you to take part in as many activities as possible in order to gain your Children's University award, rather than gaining lots and lots of credits for doing one type activity.

How many activities should be used to gain an award?

There’s no limit to the number of activities you can do. They can all be different if you want.

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

What is the criteria to become a Children’s University learning destination?

To become a Children's University learning destination, the activities a venue provides need to comply with all safeguarding and health and safety requirements. They also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Available to 5-14-year-olds, on a voluntary basis and outside of normal school hours.
  • Fun, interactive learning that develops a range of skills.
  • Learning that broadens horizons and raises aspirations.
  • Opportunities for progression, boosting confidence and self-esteem.
  • Accessible to children from all backgrounds.

Find out more about learning destinations here.

Can my parent or carer help to validate new activities for Children’s University?

Only trained Children's University validators can complete the full process of validation for a new learning destination or activity. This is because we need to make sure we have a consistent approach, and that all our national requirements are met.

However, parents are very welcome to help with the first step of introducing new organisations and venues to Children's University, so that we can follow up your suggestions.

Your parent or guardian can get in touch with your local centre manager to register their interest in helping out in this way.