CREST Awards

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) enrichment activities to inspire and engage young people aged 5-19 years


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Gold Awards

Gold Awards allow the most able students to conduct some real research. They are typically completed by 16-19yr olds; these longer-term projects require around 70 hours work. Suitable coursework or project work for the new Diplomas and the EPQ can achieve CREST Gold Awards.


  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • Advanced Vocational Qualifications
  • Any other Post 16 STEM related courses 


  • Takes 70+ hours project time per student
  • Can be completed as individual or team project (assessment is based on individual achievement)
  • A Gold Award can also be completed independently from any structured scheme or network. See CREST Gold Independent Guidance doc

Project Selection:

  • Self-selected by students
  • Chosen by the teacher
  • Provided by local company or university
  • Provided by CREST link scheme/activity (see below)
  • Chosen from the CREST online project ideas resource

Project Approval:

  • Must be by CREST Local Coordinator following submission of outline proposal by student


  • Via CREST Local Coordinator after discussion with mentor 
  • The registration fee is currently £20 per student


  • Gold CREST Profile form and report/portfolio completed


  • From higher education or industry
  • May be chosen by student but must be approved by CREST Local Coordinator


  • Minimum five reviews by teacher in conjunction with mentor
  • Final evaluation by second industrial or educational evaluator selected by CREST Local Coordinator and in conjunction with mentor


Please note: A CREST assessor may decide to issue a Silver Award or suggest further work for the link schemes/activities above if the Gold Award criteria is not met.