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Typically completed by 5 – 7 years, CREST Star introduces children to investigative learning, supporting students to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion.

Students complete 8 x 1 hour Star challenges and upon completion receive certificate and iron-on badge to recognise their achievements. CREST Star challenges relate to experiences that children are likely to have had, and are designed so that you don’t need to be a teacher or have a science background to run them and do not require specialist equipment.  

Typically completed by 7 – 11 years, CREST SuperStar helps widen children’s perception of what STEM subjects are, supporting students to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion. 

Students complete 8 x 1 hour SuperStar challenges and upon completion receive certificate and iron-on badge to recognise their achievements. CREST SuperStar challenges relate to broader situations that children are likely to have come across, and are designed so that you don’t need to be a teacher or have a science background to run them and do not require specialist equipment.  

Typically completed by 10 – 14 years, CREST Discovery offer a first introduction to STEM project work. Great for STEM enrichment days, or transition projects, students complete either a single project or a series of linked challenges with a clear real-world context.

Students complete 5+ hours project work and receive a personalised certificate to recognise their achievements. Students work collaboratively on the project or challenge(s) in self-managed groups, record and reflect on their work during the project using a CREST Discovery passport and communicate their findings through a group presentation. 

Typically completed by 11 – 14 years, CREST Bronze provides a real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist. Bronze Awards allow students to experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.

Students complete 10+hours project work and receive a personalised certificate to recognise their achievements. At Bronze level, students develop a project using their own ideas, taking decisions about how to progress through it, write about their findings and evaluate their project in their CREST profile form or workbook.

Typically complete by 13 – 16 years, research shows that CREST Silver improves GCSE grades and increases interest in continuing in STEM education. Students develop their own project idea and gain experience of the scientific process.

Students complete 30+ hours project work, which is assessed externally by a trained CREST assessor. At Silver level, students develop and lead the project, consider the broader impact of their project and demonstrate an innovative approach. Students write a project report to present to their CREST assessor and reflect on their work using a CREST student profile form.

Typically completed by 16 – 19 years, CREST Gold can be used to enhance UCAS personal statements and is well regarded by employers. Gold Awards allow students to conduct real research, contributing something new to a particular field of study.

Students complete 70+ hours project work, which is assessed externally by a trained CREST assessor. At Gold level, students develop and lead the project, consider the broader impact of their project and demonstrate an innovative approach. Students write a project report and reflect on their work using a CREST student profile form. 

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_60Rosy Halfyard

CREST Gold Award holder

The whole experience was amazing – I got a real feel for what working in a science setting is like.