CREST Awards are individually assessed to make sure we maintain the standard expected from the award across the UK.
On this page we describe the CREST assessment process in general and the differences in the process for each of the levels (Discovery, Bronze, Silver and Gold).
CREST projects are assessed once students have completed their project work and have filled in their passport, workbook or profiles.
If you have specific questions about the assessment process, please contact your CREST Local Coordinator who will be able to advise you further.
1. CREST student profiles and workbooks
The CREST Award profiles or workbooks should be used by students as a point of reference and record throughout their projects. The design of these documents prompts students to address each award criteria.
The CREST Discovery passport and CREST Bronze workbook are designed to guide the students through the process of achieving their Award and and encourages them to work through the CREST criteria in a sequential manner. The CREST Bronze, Silver and Gold profiles are designed for students who have already produced a detailed project report, students are required to reference their report in the profile rather than re-write it all again.
All CREST forms are sent out to students following registration with the CREST Local Coordinator.
2. Assessment process
Initial assessment is carried out by the supervising teacher who, once satisfied that the student has put in the necessary time and reached a suitable standard, will contact the CREST Local Coordinator to assess the project and sign off the workbook or profile to complete the award.
During the assessment, students may be asked to present their work to the CREST Local Coordinator /project mentor, either by producing a poster or giving a talk. They should be able to demonstrate that they have worked through the processes outlined in the workbook or profile.
Students should be able to explain what they did and why, that they have presented their data in an appropriate way and they they have drawn logical conclusions. They should understand how their results fit in with their background knowledge and research. Projects with an industrial mentor should explore the wider applications of the project work.
3. Discovery and Bronze Award assessment
The project can be assessed internally, by another teacher from your school. Your CREST Local Coordinator can help you with the assessment, particularly if you are new to CREST.
For Discovery Awards, students should have completed their Discovery passport. For Bronze Awards, students should have completed a Bronze workbook or profile and may have written a short report or given a presentation of their work.
4. Silver and Gold assessment
The project must be assessed by an external person, usually the CREST Local Coordinator, the project mentor or another person from the same organisation. Contact your CREST Local Coordinator to arrange a time and date for the assessment.
Students must have completed their Silver/Gold profile referring to a report or record they have created as part of the project (a copy of which must also be submitted). Students at these levels are often asked to present their work as part of an assessment or celebration event.
5. Receiving a CREST Award
Your Local Coordinator will either agree to issue the award, or may recommend that the students do further work.
The certificate will be issued as soon as the CREST Award is confirmed and payment has been received.
6. Moderation and quality control
Occasionally, you may be asked to provide the British Science Association or CREST Local Coordinator with samples of the project reports and student profile forms to check that the standard has been achieved.
If you are new to CREST it is recommended that you undertake your first assessments with the support of your CREST Local Coordinator to make sure that you are confident with the assessment and award process.