Gold Awards allow the most able students to conduct real research. They are longer-term projects that require around 70 hours’ work, and are typically completed by 16-to-19-year-olds. By working towards a CREST Gold Award, students will develop and deliver largely self-directed projects. 

The aim is for students’ work to contribute something new to the scientific or technological community or to a particular field of study.  They are supported by an industry or higher education mentor, who can offer guidance and advice, and are required to prepare a final report and present the outcomes of their project to their CREST assessor.

Suitable project work or coursework, where relevant, can go towards students' CREST Gold Awards. The Award counts towards a DofE Skills section.

Participating in a link scheme – a partnership programme run by another organisation – can help young people achieve CREST Awards.  This list of programmes all link with CREST Gold.

Read more about how to support students through CREST Gold here.

It is possible for students aged 16-19 to complete a Gold level project on their own, without structured schemes and networks. If this is the case, please direct students to this guidance

Find out how to introduce CREST Awards to your school or organisation today!