CREST helps young people become independent and reflective learners through enquiry-based project work. 

CREST Awards are flexible and cost effective. They can be run in schools, clubs or at home. With no set timetable, projects can start whenever you want, and take as long as you need.


Real world results

Students who participate in CREST Silver achieve higher grades and are more likely to study STEM subjects at AS level.The benefits are magnified for disadvantaged students.



Half a grade improvement from students who successfully complete a Silver CREST Award or higher.



Two thirds of a grade improvement from Free School Meal (FSM) eligible students who successfully complete a Silver CREST Award or higher.



21% average increase in likelihood of studying STEM subjects at AS level for students who successfully complete  Silver CREST Award.



38% average increase in likelihood of studying STEM subjects at AS level for Free School Meal (FSM) eligible students who successfully complete  Silver CREST Award.

View the full version of our Silver Impact Report.


Compatible with other schemes

CREST can be used in conjunction with other activities and schemes, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) and the Big Bang Competition. Details on how to use CREST with these and other schemes is available on our Help Centre.

We wanted to link to CREST because it’s so well regarded in the STEM and education sector
— Sally Sculthorpe, Learning Manager, The Postal Museum

Recognised and respected

CREST is respected by universities and employers and enhances students’ UCAS personal statements.


Awards start from just £1

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Low cost

The CREST Awards scheme is Government subsidised in the UK, but we charge a small per-student cost to cover management and administration. Fees start at £1 for CREST Star through to £20 for CREST Gold Awards (which require external assessment. The cost of assessment is included in the Award fee).

You may by eligible for funding or a grant - check out the opportunities available.

The independent learning skills of CREST pupils have come on leaps and bounds
— Jenni Olive, science teacher, Blundell's School

Students set the agenda

CREST is available to anyone aged 5–19, regardless of ability. Participants choose topics they’re passionate about and set their own rate of progress.


Supported by expert volunteers

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Free resources 

We provide a range of activities and ideas to help inspire young people, as well as useful guides for those facilitating the challenges. Visit our online library to see the full range of resources.


Sign up now

It’s easy: choose an award level and start running CREST today! 


Need help?

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