Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.

CREST is a UK award scheme that recognises success, and enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work.  It offers educators an easy-to-run framework for curriculum enhancement and is student-led, which means that young people take ownership of their projects and choose to undertake them in areas they enjoy or see as relevant.


There are four different levels of CREST Award:

  • Discovery (a great first introduction to project work, these take about five hours and can be done in one day; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
  • Bronze (around 10 hours project work; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
  • Silver (around 30 hours project work; typically undertaken by 14-to-16-year-olds)
  • Gold (around 70 hours project work; typically undertaken by 16-to-19-year olds)

Find out how to introduce CREST to your school or organistion!

Further information and resources

Project ideas can be created by students, teachers, organisations or local businesses – ideally the decision should be student-led, so that they choose a topic they are interested in investigating.  Have a look at our overview of CREST resources and get some tips about how to support your students.

CREST Awards can be undertaken at school or college, within an after school club or youth group setting, or by participating in one of our accredited link schemes.

Once students have completed their project work, they are individually assessed and successful students will receive a personalised certificate.


In addition to giving young people the opportunity to undertake hands-on science, CREST Awards also build skills that are transferrable to other subjects, further education and future employment (time management, project management, teamwork, communication). 

UCAS endorses CREST Awards for inclusion in students’ personal statements – they’re well regarded, high-quality and a tangible recognition of success. Read our guide for making the most of CREST on your UCAS form.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award: a CREST Award can count towards your Skills section at any DofE Award level.

Children's University: a CREST Award is also validated towards the Children's University Passport to Learning.

Read more about the benefits of CREST for educators, schools and students.

What's after CREST?

If students have completed a CREST Award, there are other opportunities for them to develop and showcase their projects and to network with others.


The British Science Association is grateful to BP and MP Futures for their sponsorship of the CREST Awards.