STEM Sussex is the STEM outreach support department of the University of Brighton

CREST students gain higher GCSE’s

Published: 6 February 2019

A new report commissioned by the British Science Association (BSA) which has been running the CREST Awards scheme for more than 30 years, reveals students who undertake the CREST Silver level award “have higher average GCSE grades than those who don’t.”

CREST is a nationally-recognised scheme for student-led project work in STEM subjects, giving 5-19 year olds the opportunity to choose their own subject and methodology when undertaking hands-on investigation, either in the classroom or in an after-school club.

Each year, 30,000 students achieve one of four awards, Discovery, Bronze, Silver or Gold. Silver, typically undertaken by 11-14 year olds normally involves around 10 hours of project work.

In its report “Quantifying CREST”, the BSA says: “Undertaking the CREST Silver Award has a positive impact on a student’s GCSE grades and the likelihood of them continuing on to AS levels in STEM subjects. It adds: “Eighty-five per cent of students who did CREST achieved Level 5 in KS2 Science, compared with 50 per cent of non-CREST students. Ninety-five per cent achieved the benchmark of five A*-C GCSEs, compared with 70 per cent of non-CREST students.”

There are many different ways to run CREST with your students, and the various levels have been developed to meet the needs of all educators and young people. The scheme provides comprehensive guides for both teachers and students to download, as well as ideas for projects and activities.

To find how it can inspire and motivate your students to help alleviate the UK’s scientific skills shortage, you can visit the CREST website or email us here at STEM Sussex.



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