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Ensuring your CREST project counts for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

If you are doing your CREST project in a condensed time, or with a link scheme (for example by completing work experience or an industrial placement) you may need to find ways to extend your STEM project work over the right number of months to countfor the DofE Skills section.

You should agree your planned activities with your DofE Leader at the start, so that you both clear on how your CREST work will count towards the DofE Award.

Participants need to spend on average at least 1 hour per week on their project for their DofE. Even if the bulk of your CREST work is done in a condensed way, for example over your summer holidays, you could extend it to count for your DofE by:

  • Spending time each month planning / researching/ preparing before you start your main activity

This might include internet research and practicing scientific methods/writing skills that will be useful to complete your project. Make sure you keep a clear record of what you’ve done – as you’ll need a record of this when you submit your project for your DofE Award.

  • Spending time writing up & communicating the project

This could involve preparing your project for entry in to the National Science + Engineering Competition, or submitting your results for publication in a journal. Several Gold CREST projects end up being published in professional scientific journals each year, and projects at any level can be submitted to the Young Scientists Journal (YSJ).

  • Carrying out a follow up project in your own time

You could extend the project, think of new ideas to test, or build on your original project in other ways. This may involve sharing your findings with your peers, and encouraging them to try similar projects.