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CREST Discovery

CREST Discovery Awards offer a great first introduction to project work. Typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year olds, they take about five hours to complete (so can be done in one day!) and are ideal for classroom, club or youth group activity days.

1. Sign up for a free CREST account

Sign up for a free account at

2. Choose a project

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

  • Use a project resource from our resource bank, or
  • Use an accredited provider
3. 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. Students should record and reflect on their work during the project using a CREST Discovery passport, and communicate their findings through a group presentation.

4. Assess your students' work

You can assess Discovery 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.

To achieve a Discovery award students must have:

  • Completed around 5 hours of work on the project
  • Participated fully in the project
  • Reflected on their learning
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 Discovery Award

Upload a sample of their project work

Confirm that students have met the assessment criteria

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

CREST Discovery

5+ hours project work

Suggested for 11 – 14 years

Entry fee (per student)

£3 UK (excluding Wales)*
£FREE Wales**
£6.50 International


Teacher Guide


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.