In the UK, CREST Award entry fees are subsidised by the UK Government.
In Wales, CREST Award entry fees are paid by the Welsh government.

Entry fees per student

1 SchoolsStar Discovery BronzeSilverGold
2 UK Free £3 £5£10£20
3 Welsh Free Free FreeFreeFree

British Forces Overseas schools, with a BFPO address, are treated as British schools.

Grants to run CREST Awards with underrepresented audiences

Grants of up to £600 are now available to support and enable schools and organisations to run CREST Awards with young people underrepresented in STEM.

There are up to 60 grants available, aimed at schools and organisations that want to either run CREST Awards for the first time, or embed CREST across the wider school and broaden its reach.

The application deadline is 6pm on Monday 30th January 2017.

Our recent research into the impact of CREST Silver shows the benefits of CREST are even more significant for disadvantaged students:

  • CREST Silver students eligible for free school meals saw an increase in their best science GCSE score (two thirds of a grade) compared to a matched control group
  • Students who were eligible for free school meals and took part in a CREST Silver Award were 38% more likely to take a STEM subject at AS Level than the matched control group.

What can I use the funding for?

Running CREST for the first time

If your school or organisation has not participated in CREST in the last two years. We recommend the CREST Discovery Award as a great place to start.

or Embedding a CREST activity

If you have run CREST before, you can apply to support new approaches to broaden the reach of CREST in your school to students underrepresented in STEM. 

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can request up to £600 total towards running CREST Awards.This breaks down into two categories:

  • Up to £300 to cover CREST registration fees
  • Up to £300 to spend on support costs for running the Awards, such as CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, CREST accredited providers, consumables or equipment.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

The questions are available to review on the preview application form, but all applications must be received via the online application form.

The application deadline is 6pm on Monday 30th January 2017.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are applying on behalf of a school or organisation to run CREST Awards in the United Kingdom
  • Participating students will be aged 11-19 years
  • Your Award(s) will be completed by 29 September 2017

In addition, preference will be given to schools that can be described as one or more of the following:

  • In England, you have 35% of pupils, or above, that are eligible for pupil premium according to the 2016-17 figures
  • In Wales, you have 35% of pupils, or above, eligible for free school meals according to the Welsh Pupil Deprivation Grant school allocations 2016-17
  • In Scotland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • In Northern Ireland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures
  • Your school has a high proportion of pupils (over 30%) who are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds
  • You are a small school based in a remote and rural location (settlement of less than 10,000 people with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more)

Selection criteria

We will take the following into account when assessing applications:

  • How you will use this funding to reach students that do not typically engage in STEM subjects. This may include all genders, ethnicities, students who are eligible for Pupil Premium, or who have special educational needs or disabilities.
  • Whether your school faces challenging circumstances, as defined above.
  • Whether you have participated in the CREST Awards programme in the last two years
  • Whether you propose to run activities at more than one CREST Award level or with more than one group of students.

thumb_03_60_60Chris Conheeny

Tapton School

My Stem Club were assessed for their Bronze Award and had so much pride when they got it! The assessor was impressed at the skills they had learned in communication and facing challenges. The whole experience is so valuable!

thumb_03_60_60CREST teacher

It’s helped the self-esteem for some low achievers for whom it is their major achievement in school.