Follow these key steps to achieve a Gold CREST award
There are 3 separate stages for applying to Gold CREST:
Step 1. Submit an initial Registration of Interest
Step 2. Participate in the Introduction to Gold CREST seminar
Step 3. Submit an Application to participate in Gold CREST
Applications to Gold CREST must be accompanied by Silver CREST reports, and Teacher’s Perspective report.
Applications are forwarded to an independent panel of project evaluators who will then identify the successful Gold CREST project/s.
CREST will then offer a Gold CREST place to the student/s involved with that project.
For students accepted onto Gold CREST programme:
Students involved in the Gold CREST award develop their projects largely as a result of their own initiative, with guidance from a number of support personnel: a supervising teacher, a consultant and two assessors (one to assess the CREST criteria, the other to assess the scientific/technical aspects of the project).
A Gold CREST project is expected to take at least 100 hours, about two and a half times as long as a Silver CREST project. This takes most candidates 18 months to complete. The greater level of achievement in terms of creativity, perseverance and application which is expected in Gold projects necessitates a more complex project structure and content.
This means that a Gold CREST project requires:
Guidance for students working on the Gold award is largely obtained through a series of meetings: