The British Science Association’s CREST Awards programme is administered through a network of Local Coordinators across the UK who provide:

  • Registration forms and help with registering
  • CREST student profile forms, workbooks, and guides to completing them
  • Links with mentors in industry or higher education
  • Assessment of awards at Silver and Gold level
  • Certificates on completion of the project work
  • Further project ideas and support
  • Information on CREST regional and national events

Schools, colleges, clubs and other organisations who are interested in helping young people work towards CREST Awards, should locate their nearest Local Coordinator, and contact them to register for the programme.

Participating in an accredited link scheme – a partnership programme run by another organisation – can also be used as a route for young people achieve CREST Awards


To help cover some of British Science Association's costs of managing CREST, there is a small per-student fee for each Award registration. The 2015/16 rates for UK students are:

  • Discovery      £3.00
  • Bronze          £5.00
  • Silver            £10.00
  • Gold              £20.00

The registration fee is collected by your CREST Local Coordinator.

International rates are explained here.

Student profiles / workbooks

Once you have registered with a Local Coordinator, you will be sent forms for your students. 

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 encourages them to work through the CREST criteria in a sequential manner.

The CREST Bronze, Silver and Gold profiles are designed for students who will produce a detailed project report, students are asked to reference their report in the profile rather than being required to re-write it again.

Our tips for supporting students through CREST can be read here.

Project ideas

There are three categories of CREST project to choose from: Research; Investigation, Design/Making; and Science Communication. 

For inspiration, why not visit our bank of project ideas – these are grouped in themes and each one includes ideas for how the project would work at BronzeSilver or Gold Award level. 

Award Levels overview

This pdf download explains a bit more about the different CREST Award levels. For more information, please read our CREST Awards introductory flyer and then contact the CREST Local Coordinator for your area to talk about how to get started.


The BSA's CREST framework for creative project work in STEM has been running for over 30 years and is used by around a third of all UK secondary schools each year. Last year (2014), over 33,000 students achieved CREST Awards.  We have a well-validated framework for assessing projects against our criteria to accredit a range of partner link schemes.

You can read our evaluation reports here.