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.
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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7. What next for your CREST Award? Join a growing community of scientists and engineers You can keep up with CREST Awards via Facebook and Twitter. www.facebook.com/CRESTAwardsUK @CRESTAwards Celebrate your achievements University applications Use CREST to enhance your UCAS personal statement - they’re well regarded, highquality and a tangible recognition of success. Job applications You could mention your Award in your personal statement on job applications and in interviews. When you mention your project, it’s a good idea to include some reflections on the skills you used and what you learned through the CREST process. Extended Project Qualification If you are completed an EPQ in an area related to science, technology, engineering or maths, you can gain extra recognition for your work by entering your project for a CREST Gold Award.