CREST Gold allows the most able 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 are 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.
When your students have completed their project, you need to submit their work for assessment. They, or another British Science Association representative, 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 student 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.
When submitting your students’ work, you should include a report for the whole project, as well as a CREST Gold profile form completed by each student taking an Award. You can download a profile form template from CREST FluidReview, or get one from your CREST local coordinator.
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 ho the project went and how they might do things differently in the future.
Please make sure all the files are clearly labelled with student names and your project ID.
You need to complete the step Upload your work to submit the files for assessment.
Once you've uploaded all the files and completed the other applications steps, you can proceed to payment. We will assess the project once you have paid the entry fee.
Refer to our article on Uploading your students’ work for tips on handling physical documents, and on zipping files for easy transfer.
Once your assessor has confirmed that you have achieved your CREST Award your certificate will be added to our next order.
Have questions about your assessment? Contact CREST Support.