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CREST Bronze

Bronze Awards focus on fun and transferable skills. They require around 10 hours of work on one project, and are typically completed by 11-to-14-year-olds.

CREST Bronze allows students to experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.

Choose a project

You have lots of options for Bronze projects:

  • Use one of our ready-made plans and resources 
  • Arrange for an external education provider run a project with your students. This could be at your school, or at another accredited location such as a museum. You can find accredited providers in our project resource library.
  • Plan your own project which enables students to meet the CREST assessment criteria (listed below). This could use the students’ own ideas, or link to other activities in your school.

Download our teacher guide for CREST Bronze to find out more.

Tips for planning your own project

  • Make sure it will enable your students to meet the Bronze assessment criteria listed below in the assessment section.
  • Each student should complete a minimum of 10 hours of work during the project.
  • Give students as much choice as possible in their project topic as students respond more positively to a challenge that they’ve had some part in choosing
  • Whatever their level, don’t underestimate students’ ability to respond to a challenge

You can choose any topic you or your students would like to research and turn it into a CREST project. Here are a variety of weird and wonderful CREST project titles carried out by students over the 30 years of CREST.

  • Can hamsters be trained to use a potty?
  • How does a slinky defy gravity?
  • What materials do bubbles bounce best on?
  • Does time fly if you’re having fun?
  • Can girls find Wally faster than boys?
  • Can you taste the flavour of skittles whilst blindfolded?
  • Is there a science behind baby-holding?
  • Is a snail just a slug with a shell?

The most important thing is that there is an element of investigation and exploration, and that the project sets out to answer a question or solve a problem.

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.

Your local coordinator will send you an invoice for the registration fee, which includes personalised certificates for every successful student.

Bronze awards cost £5 per student for British schools; £10 for international schools.

In Wales, the entry fees are paid by the Welsh government, so all CREST Awards are free to Welsh schools.

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

Run the project

This is the fun part! Your students can have the freedom to explore their ideas and run their own investigations.

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

Download our teacher guide for CREST Bronze to find out more about supporting students in running their own projects.

Recording project work

You can decide how your students record their work. They can either:

Use a CREST Bronze workbook

CREST Bronze workbooks are a structured way to record students’ projects and guide the students through the project process. They include the information asked for in the student profile and relate directly to the CREST criteria. Using these, students should gather enough evidence of their project and thought processes in order to submit for a CREST Bronze Award.

Students working on team projects should each fill in their own CREST Bronze Award student workbook.

Download the Bronze workbook template

Complete a CREST Bronze student profile and their own project report

Some students may want to write up their own project report or present their project through video or blogs. Whilst working on their project, students need to complete a Bronze student profile to go with their project report which will indicate how they meet all the CREST criteria.

Students working on team projects should produce a joint team report, but each team member should complete an individual Bronze Award student profile.

Download the Bronze student profile template

You may need to give additional support to students. If you feel that significant support is necessary to help the student through the project, it may be better to consider using a workbook.

Recording work in an accessible way

You can use discretion over how students work is recorded and presented. For example, it may be more appropriate to:

  • record the student working, and have a supporting adult complete the student profile on their behalf
  • provide a scribe for the student to fill out the workbook
  • use in person interviews

Assess your students’ work

You can assess Bronze Awards yourself, once your students have completed their project work and filled in their Bronze Workbook or Profile Form. Alternatively, you can 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.

The assessor will need:

  • The project work – the Bronze workbook or the project report and student profile
  • The assessment criteria (see below)
  • Student details (age, disability, special circumstances etc.)

The aim of assessment at Bronze level is:

  • To confirm that all students contributed at least 10 hours work
  • To confirm that the subject knowledge/skill level is appropriate for the age or ability of the student
  • To confirm that the student(s) did the work themselves
  • To assess the project against the CREST criteria

CREST Bronze Criteria

Planning the project

  • The students set a clear aim for the project and broke it down into smaller objectives
  • The students explained a wider purpose for the project
  • The students identified a range of approaches to completing the project
  • The students described their plan for how to complete the project and why they chose that approach
  • The students planned and organised their time well

Throughout the project

  • The students made good use of the materials and people available
  • The students researched the background to the project and referenced their sources appropriately

Finalising the project

  • The students made logical conclusions and explained the implications for the wider world
  • The students explained how what they did affected the outcome of the project
  • The students explained what they have learned and reflected on what they could improve

Project-wide criteria

  • The students showed understanding of the science behind their project, appropriate to their level
  • The students made decisions to direct the project, taking account of ethical and safety issues
  • The students showed creative thinking in carrying out the project
  • The students identified and overcame problems successfully
  • The students explained their project clearly, in both writing and conversation

How to assess

  • Start by reviewing the materials produced by the students. Assess the students’ work against each of the assessment criteria, taking age and special circumstances into account.
  • Discuss the project with the student, focussing on areas where you would need more evidence for the CREST criteria. During the discussion, confirm the level and length of the work and that the project was completed by the student(s). Possible outcomes are shown below.
  • Record the outcome
Achievement level Action
11+ out of 15 criteria met Award Bronze
5/6 weak areas Request further information or work from the student
6+ weak areas Consider not awarding
Many criteria met at an advanced level of scientific knowledge, and student spent 30+ hours on the project Consider submitting for Silver Award

Requesting certificates

Tell your local coordinator which students have successfully achieved their CREST projects, so they can print and post your certificates to you.

Any questions?

Visit the help centre, or contact your local coordinator.

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.