Silver Awards


Silver Awards are designed to stretch students and enrich their STEM studies. Students develop their own project idea and gain in-depth experience of the scientific method or engineering design process.

Typical age


Time to complete

30+ hours

Entry fee per student: Free Wales / £10 rest of UK / £20 International


The challenge

Students work independently or in groups to plan and run a project addressing a real-world STEM problem.

No two CREST projects are the same! Students can do different types of projects on any STEM subject.

Available resources

Download inspirational project ideas from the resource library. The secondary getting started and Silver student guides are full of useful hints and tips to help you run CREST with your students.

The outcome

CREST Silver has been shown to improve GCSE grades, promote continued interest in STEM subjects and can be used to enhance students’ UCAS personal statements.

Students who gain a Silver Award receive a personalised certificate.

Project submission

Upload students’ project work and key information via the online platform.


The students or teacher submit the project, as well as each team member’s profile form, to the online platform. Silver Awards are assessed online by a trained CREST assessor. They are all experts from industry, academia or the education sector.

Projects are assessed against the CREST assessment criteria. View our guidance of what’s expected at Silver level, with examples.


It’s easy to start running a CREST Silver Award today! 

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Fees and funding

CREST entry fees are government subsidised in the UK and start at £1 per student. Where cost is a barrier to entry, funding may be available.

To see if you are eligible for funding or a grant, view the opportunities available.


Need help?

The CREST Awards Help Centre has detailed information on every aspect of creating and managing CREST Awards.