Course Description

This course has been created by the British Science Association to train CREST Award assessors.

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5 to 19 year olds. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Silver and Gold CREST Awards are assessed by trained Assessors using the CREST assessment criteria and our online review system.

Who can be a CREST assessor?

Anyone involved in STEM can be a CREST assessor, whether you are a teacher, STEM ambassador, work in STEM or have expertise in a particular subject.

You will be assessing and providing  feedback on Silver and Gold CREST Award projects, typically from 14-19 year old students.

You will be paid per assessment completed,  £4 per Silver and £6 per Gold assessment.

The British Science Association

The British Science Association believes that science should be part of – rather than set apart from – society and culture, and is owned by the wider community. Our programmes encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with science, become ambassadors for science, and ultimately to be empowered to challenge and influence British science - whether they work in science or not.Established in 1831, the BSA is a registered charity that organises major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week, the annual British Science Festival, regional and local events, the CREST Awards and other programmes for young people in schools and colleges.The BSA also organises specific activities for professional science communicators, including a specialist conference and training. For more information, please visit

Course curriculum

  • 1

    What are the CREST Awards?

    • About this module

    • Code of conduct

    • Introduction to CREST Awards (1)

    • Introduction to CREST Awards (2)

    • Benefits of CREST Awards

    • Types of projects

    • CREST profile forms

    • Quiz on module one

  • 2

    How are projects assessed?

    • About this module

    • Overview of the assessment process

    • Basic Award requirements

    • The role of assessors in Silver and Gold Awards

    • The CREST assessment criteria

    • Giving feedback

    • Key points to remember

    • Resubmit or offer a lower/higher Award

    • Confidential projects

  • 3

    Assessment in practice

    • About this module

    • Instructions

    • Summary

  • 4

    How are projects assessed using Survey Monkey Apply?

    • About this module

    • Assessing using Survey Monkey Apply

  • 5

    Example projects and assessing practice

    • Congratulations