Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
CREST is a UK science award scheme that recognises success, and enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work. It offers educators an easy-to-run framework for curriculum enhancement and is student-led, which means that young people take ownership of their projects and choose to undertake them in areas they enjoy or see as relevant.
There are four different levels of CREST Award:
- Discovery (a great first introduction to project work, these take about five hours and can be done in one day; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
- Bronze (around 10 hours project work; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)
- Silver (around 30 hours project work; typically undertaken by 14-to-16-year-olds)
- Gold (around 70 hours project work; typically undertaken by 16-to-19-year olds)
At TLC Private School, Crest Awards are undertaken as part of the curriculum but also as part of our enrichment activities after school. We are proud of our students who use the Crest Award activities to further their scientific enquiry skills, practise their investigative skills and learn about what it means to be a scientist. Many of our students taking the Crest Awards have used their experience to help them decide on careers in science.
The Awards are internationally recognised and with the scope of the course and the amount of time taken in completing the activities, becoming part of the Crest Award group here at TLC Private School leads to a meaningful qualification which endorses the student’s scientific skills.