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CREST Bronze

Launched in 1986, CREST Bronze Awards are well regarded, high quality and a tangible recognition of success. The awards can be run in schools, clubs, or at home.

CREST Bronze provides a real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist and working on STEM projects, allowing students to experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.

1. Sign up for a free CREST account

Sign up for a free CREST account at

2. Choose a project

Download the CREST Bronze Teacher Guide. You have lots of options for Bronze projects:

  • Use a project resource from our resource bank;
  • Use an accredited provider; or
  • Support your students to plan their own project that meets the CREST assessment criteria. There should be an element of investigation and exploration, and set out to answer a question or solve a problem.
3. Run the project

Your students should work on the project or challenge(s) independently or in self-managed groups, with your support.

It is important that students record their work. They can do this in one of two ways:

Use a CREST Bronze workbook, structured to guide the students through the project process, and relates directly to the CREST criteria. Students working on team projects should each fill in their own CREST Bronze Award student workbook.

Complete a CREST Bronze student profile form and a project report. Students can write a project report or present their project through a medium of their choice, such as video or blogs. Students need to complete a Bronze student profile form to go with their report to indicate how they meet all the CREST criteria. Team projects should produce a joint report, but each team member should complete an individual student profile form.

NB. You will need to upload a sample of your students work in order to complete certification

4. Assess your students' work

Guidelines for assessing CREST Bronze and an assessment grid can be found in the CREST Bronze Teacher Guide or on the assessment criteria page.

You can assess Bronze Awards yourself or ask another educator or colleague to do the assessment. Ideally, the assessor shouldn’t be the same person who has been facilitating the CREST projects.

5. Certification

Log in to your my.crestawards account:

Create a new project if you haven’t already

Confirm the names of students that have achieved their CREST Bronze Award

Upload a sample of their project work

Confirm that students have met at least 11 of the 15 assessment criteria

Request certificates (these will be posted to you once payment for the per student entry fee has been received).

CREST Bronze

10+ hours project work

Suggested for 11 – 14 years

Entry fee (per student)

£5 UK (excluding Wales)*
£FREE Wales**
£10 International


Teacher Guide


Profile Form

To get an editable profile form or workbook, register for a free CREST account.

Help and support

Visit the help centre.

*In the UK, CREST Award entry fees are subsidised by the UK Government. British Forces Overseas schools, with a BFPO address, are treated as British schools

** Yng Nghymru, mae’r ffi mynediad Gwobr CREST cyfan yn cael ei dalu gan Lywodraeth Cymru.

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.