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1. Choose an Award level

There are six CREST Award levels, allowing students to progress through the scheme throughout their education.

  • Star (complete 8 short challenges to achieve an Award; typically undertaken by 5-to-7-year-olds)
  • SuperStar (complete 8 short challenges to achieve an Award; typically undertaken by 7-to-11-year-olds)
  • Discovery (around five hours of work and can be done in one day; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
  • Bronze (around 10 hours project work; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
  • Silver (around 30 hours project work; typically undertaken by 14-to-16-year-olds)
  • Gold (around 70 hours project work; typically undertaken by 16-to-19-year olds)

2. Choose a project

CREST Awards are very flexible, and can be delivered in a number of ways:

  • Use one of the projects on the CREST resource bank
  • Arrange for an accredited provider to run a project with your students. This could be at your school, or at another location such as a museum.
  • Plan your own project which enables students to meet the CREST assessment criteria. This could use the students’ own ideas, or link to other activities in your school.

3. Register your students

Our network of local coordinators will help you to register your students, and will be on hand to provide any advice or support you need.

4. Run the project

This is the fun part! Your students can have the freedom to explore their ideas and run their own investigations. Especially at the higher Award levels, the teachers’ role is to support students in running their own projects.

5. Assess the project

CREST Awards are not competitive; as long as your students meet the assessment criteria, they will receive an Award.

  • For Star, SuperStar, Discovery and Bronze projects, you can assess students’ work yourself, or ask another member of staff. 
  • At Silver and Gold level, projects will be externally assessed by a CREST assessor. 

6. Celebrate your students’ success!