Secondary project briefs (ages 11+)


Bronze Awards are typically completed by students aged 11+. They complete a ten-hour project which is a perfect introduction to STEM project work. Over the course of the project, teams of students design their own investigation, record their findings, and reflect on their learnings. This process gives students a taste of what it is like to be a scientist or engineer in the real-world.


Silver Awards are typically completed by students aged 14+ over thirty hours. Project work at Silver level is designed to stretch your students and enrich their STEM studies. Students direct the project, determining the project’s aim and how they will achieve it. They carry out the project, record and analyse their results and reflect on the project and their learnings. All Silver projects are assessed by CREST assessors via our online platform.


Gold Awards are typically completed by students aged 16+ over seventy hours. Students’ projects are self-directed, longer term and immerse them in real research. At this level, we recommend students work with a mentor from their chosen STEM field of study. All Gold projects are assessed by CREST assessors via our online platform. There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.


There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.


Find out how to build practical CREST projects into secondary science lessons using our free teacher guidance pack. Supporting this guidance are easy-to-use, free-to-download mapping workbooks, which match individual Bronze, Silver and Gold CREST Award projects with each area of the secondary science curricula for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can download and save your own copy of the relevant mapping workbook via the following links:


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Making the most of CREST CREST Awards can be used together with a range of other activities, to maximise the recognition and reward the efforts of your students. You can count it towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Skills section at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. You can achieve a CREST Gold Award for Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) work in science, technology, engineering or maths. CREST also counts towards the Children’s University passport for learning at every level. You can make the most of the skills and experiences you have gained through your CREST Award to help you stand out from the crowd. When you’re applying for university, for an apprenticeship or for a job, you can use CREST to enhance your application – they’re well regarded, high-quality and a tangible recognition of success. Enter your students’ project into The Big Bang Competition. Other guides available DISCOVERY Getting started guide Engage your primary or secondary students with STEM through an exciting, one-day project! Typical age: 10-14 . Run a CREST project in a day with your students! PRIMARY The Big Bang Competition provides opportunities for young people to showcase their STEM projects and be recognised and rewarded for their achievements. CREST and The Big Bang Competition provide an excellent forum for students to discuss, challenge and share ideas. Getting started guide Find out how you can use CREST Star and SuperStar to give primary children their first experience of pupil-led problem-solving challenges set in a real-world context. Typical age: 5-11 Finalists in The Competition will be invited to The Big Bang Fair where they will compete for a range of prizes, including cash prizes, business & industry sponsored awards, international opportunities, top and runner-up prizes in the Junior, Intermediate & Senior categories for science and engineering, and the coveted title of GSK UK Young Scientist & UK Young Engineer of the Year. Check out The Big Bang Competition website for more details: https://competition.thebigbangfair.co.uk/ Find out about the range of activities and challenges available at Primary level. 18 19

Bronze level

Ten hour projects recommended for ages 11+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Bronze Awards page.


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Bronze

Silver level

Thirty hour projects recommended for ages 14+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Silver Award page.


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Silver

Gold level

Seventy hour projects recommended for ages 16+. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Gold Awards page


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Gold