CREST is a project-based awards scheme for the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). It links the personal passions of students to curriculum-based learning. UCAS endorse CREST Awards for inclusion in students’ personal statements. They are well regarded, high-quality and a tangible recognition of success. Last year alone over 30,000 CREST Awards were undertaken, giving 11-19yr olds opportunities to explore real-world projects in an exciting way.
CREST awards are aimed at encouraging and celebrating creativity and dedication in students' STEM projects. Students should use their own initiative and come up with their own plans (which may or may not work), they should then select ideas to follow through and investigate in a scientific way.
CREST Awards can provide an excellent structure for after-school STEM clubs or classroom projects and can be awarded for participation in many linked schemes. Projects can focus on different aims including: investigations, design and build projects, communication or research projects.
UCAS endorse CREST awards for inclusion on students’ personal statements. The awards enable students to demonstrate numerous highly-valued skills including: teamwork, initiative, resilience, problem-solving, practical and thinking skills as well as presentation and communication skills. CREST Awards can also count as the 'skills' component of Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
CREST Award levels
There are three levels of CREST Award; Discovery/Bronze, Silver and Gold. Discovery and Bronze awards are expected to be at KS3 standard, Silver at GCSE standard and gold at 'A' level standard. Also progressively more initiative is expected at higher levels: this is further explained in the 'Registration and Choosing a Project' section below.
The Awards can be completed as an individual or team project (assessment is based on individual achievement). The section below has all the documents you need to get started and explains in details how the scheme works.
For more information about CREST Awards visit the British Science Association website
Easy Guide To Getting Started With CREST Awards
All the relevant information and forms that you need to get started are shown in the sections below.
Registration and Choosing a Project
- The ‘CREST Award overview’ file introduces the various awards. Decide which award you want to work towards. Next take a look at project suggestions here. More ideas are also shown below.
- Once you and your students have chosen a project please complete and return the registration form.
- For Bronze awards, teachers assess their students themselves. The STEM team at Winchester Science Centre arrange assessors for Silver and Gold awards. The assessment grids should help you decide if the students have reached the required standard. These can be found in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award sections below.
- See the Top Tips for Supporting Students for further ideas.
- Consult the Bronze, Silver and Gold Sections below for further guidance on running those projects.
- Here are some more project ideas.
- As part of MP Futures support for CREST a range of exciting new resources have been developed that provide contextualised challenges and investigations relating to the CREST Awards. The challenge topics bring to life scenarios associated with the quarrying, mineral products and mining sector, providing real engineering situations to apply STEM related curriculum topics in schools.www.britishscienceassociation.org/Pages/FAQs/Category/crest-mpfutures
The Construction Industry Training Board have developed an excellent resource to enable students to learn more about the construction industry through 3 creative CREST projects. Find more information here.
- There is a registration fee for each award,
- £3 Discovery, £5 Bronze, £10 Silver and £20 Gold per student. We will send you an invoice after you have registered.
Running The Projects
- As you can see from the CREST overview file, a mentor is useful for all awards. Once you have selected your projects, please let us know if you would like to request a STEM Ambassador to mentor your students from time to time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits to Students
- UCAS endorse CREST awards for inclusion on students’ personal statements and they can contribute towards Duke of Edinburgh awards. Click here for more details.
Focus on fun, teamwork and transferable skills. They are typically completed by 11-14 year olds in 5 hours (usually in one day) and the majority (70%) of the activity should be spent in solving the problem. Often whole year groups or classes do the awards together.
Bronze Awards focus on fun, teamwork and transferable skills. They are typically completed by 11-14yr olds; around 10 hours of project work is expected. Students experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.
Silver Awards stretch students and enrich their studies. They are typically completed by 14-16yr olds; around 30 hours of project work is expected. Suitable coursework (e.g. GCSE Design and Technology) or project work for work related learning could be used to achieve CREST Silver Awards.
Gold Awards allow the most able students to conduct some real research. They are typically completed by 16-19yr olds; these longer-term projects require around 70 hours work. Suitable coursework or project work for the new Diplomas and the EPQ can achieve CREST Gold Awards.