CREST Gold allows 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 can be 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.
Tips for project work
Familiarise yourself with the CREST criteria and what's expected at Gold level.
At the end of the project, students will need to create a report to introduce, describe and evaluate their work. This could be in written report format, a PowerPoint, video or a series of blog posts for example.
Tips to help your students create a CREST project report:Make sure your report has enough detail to show evidence that your project meets the criteria. This is especially important with PowerPoints and videos.
- Number the pages in the report. This will help students reference areas of the report when they fill out the checklist in their profile form.
- Students should use your own words. We want to hear about their project and what they did. Don’t let students use information copied straight from the internet in the report.
- Make sure they list the sources of research information. We don’t mind what format references are in, so long as we can find any sources they used. You might need to help students with this.
How assessment works
When your students have completed their project, you need to submit their work for assessment. An assessor will assess the work against the CREST criteria.
If they feel that the work doesn’t meet the criteria, they will provide feedback on what the students need to do to achieve their Awards. You have the option to submit the project again for assessment. We charge £5 per submission for reassessment.
Alternatively, the assessor may offer to award a lower CREST level. In this case you can decide to accept the offered award, or work on the project further and resubmit it.
Awards are awarded at the project level, so either the whole group achieves the award, or none of them achieve it.
Submitting work for assessment
The profile form includes a checklist to help the student show the assessor how they met the criteria in their report. There’s also a section for personal reflection on how the project went and how they might do things differently in the future.
You need to complete the step Upload your work to submit the files for assessment.
Please do not include any personal details other than your name. If you include a photo make sure you have the appropriate permissions from everyone included in the photo.
Once you've uploaded all the files and completed the other applications steps, you can proceed to payment. Please note that completing the payment process will submit your project (pending payment) and you will not be able to make any edits to your submission after this. We will assess the project once you have paid the entry fee.
Receiving your certificates
Once your assessor has confirmed that you have achieved your CREST Award your certificate will be added to our next order.
View our Educator’s Guide for Gold
Have questions about your assessment? Contact CREST Support.
How to create Silver and Gold CREST projects on Survey Monkey Apply
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How are Silver projects assessed?
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Can I submit multiple Silver/Gold projects in one submission?
No, you should not do this. If you do do this you will be asked to resubmit and you will have to pay the £5 resubmission fee. Having multiple projects in one submission does not work, because submissions are assessed collectively, and if one project ...
Entering online for CREST Awards
To enter a project you need to sign up or log in to apply.crestawards.org. Once you've logged in, you can create a new entry by clicking on View Programs or Programs. On the Programs page, select the right award level by clicking More>. You will be ...
Criteria for Bronze, Silver and Gold CREST Awards
Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards must meet the criteria below appropriate to their level to achieve their award. Bronze projects should have around ten hours of work spent on them, Silver - thirty hours, and Gold - seventy hours. View our guidance on ...