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CREST Awards

Students:

  • After completing CREST Awards projects, students are more employable, more motivated, and better equipped for further study in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
  • CREST projects build the skills employers want - whatever field the student wants to work in - through action and reflection
  • Through working on CREST projects students demonstrate commitment to skills development, and real commitment to further work and study - in STEM or any other area.

Teachers:

  • After supporting CREST Awards projects, teachers are more confident in supervising project work
  • Teachers build skills required for career progression
  • Through working closely with students, teachers gain better understanding of their students´ capabilities.

CREST is the ideal way to structure enquiry based learning in STEM subjects. It´s also ideal for product design, textiles, electronics and resistant materials work. Flexible, adaptable and easy to use, CREST is operated by the British Science Association, with the support of a network of local coordinators like Corylus Learning.

Through our continuum of awards, there´s something for everyone:

CREST Star

For younger students who want to do lots of short investigations, CREST Star is a great way to access easy to do, exciting real science activities and to reward students for their achievements. It’s also a great way to get older students supporting younger students. With easy to arrange activities, and plenty of supporting information, there’s no better way for teachers to build confidence and start developing activities with their students. CREST Star is available to all ages, but is most frequently used in primary schools, with CREST Star awards most appropriate for KS1, and Superstar and Megastar fitting well in KS2 / early KS3.

CREST Star is now an entirely online scheme, with a joining fee of just £40, and an annual fee of £20 in all subsequent years. This allows you to download and print the rapidly expanding range of activities, and to produce logbooks, stickers and certificates for your students free of charge.

To find out more, click here

To try some sample activities, click here

To join, click here

CREST Awards

CREST Awards provide a framework for students to learn how to conduct project work in the STEM fields, and to  gain an understanding of ´what it means to be a scientist / engineer / technologist / mathematician´.

 Projects can be undertaken by students of any age, but must involve:

  • subject content equivalent to KS3 or higher (depending on the level of Award)
  • a minimum number of hours of work, on a single project, with number of hours determined by the level of Award
  • demonstration of the fifteen skills and processes we assess

Projects can be:

  • an investigation, preferably involving practical work, but in some cases desk research will be sufficient
  • a design and make project, involving production of a working prototype or demonstration of a feature
  • a science communication project, developing a communication of any kind to communicate a science topic to a defined audience

There are four levels of CREST Award, defined below:

  • Discovery Awards involve a minimum of five hours of work, at KS3 standard, often on one day as a "CREST in a Day" Challenge, some light touch reflection by students on their own performance, and internal assessment
  • Bronze Awards involve a minimum of ten hours of work, at KS3 standard, with a flexible range of options for recording student work, and internal assessment with moderation by your local coordinator
  • Silver Awards involve a minimum of thirty hours of work, at KS4 standard (GCSE grade C or equivalent attainment level), with student work recorded in a report with personal reflections in a student profile. The student profile also contains a checklist to help students ensure they cover the assessed skills and processes in their work. Support from an external mentor is recommended.
  • Gold Awards involve a minimum of seventy hours of work, at post-16 standard (AS / A2 grade C or equivalent attainment level), with student work recorded in a report with personal reflections in a student profile. The student profile also contains a checklist to help students ensure they cover the assessed skills and processes in their work. Support from an external mentor is essential.

The fifteen assessed skills (or assessment criteria) are included in the document on the right hand side of this page called "CREST Assessment Criteria 2013-2014".

To get involved in CREST Awards or CREST Star, please email coryluscrest@gmail.com