Report: Can CREST Awards raise your grades?
October 09th 2018

Report: Can CREST Awards raise your grades?

Can CREST Awards help students achieve?
Take a look at the latest CREST Impact Report statistics. The report discusses the impact that Silver CREST Awards have on science scores and STEM subject selection.

Key findings:

• CREST students were more likely to have achieved stronger results at KS2 across all subjects
• Higher attainment was also reflected in their results at GCSE; students who undertook Silver CREST had higher average GCSE grades than those who did not do Silver CREST
• Students who took CREST achieved half a grade higher on their best science GCSE result, compared to a statistically matched control group
• CREST students were therefore 21% (or 14 percentage points) more likely to take a STEM AS level than students in the control group. For students who had been eligible for free school meals this difference was larger (38% or 21 percentage points).

Read the CREST Impact Report


The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing a flexible STEM project framework that inspires and engages 5 to 19 year olds. The CREST Awards scheme has a longstanding legacy, with the BSA celebrating 30 years of CREST in 2017.

During a CREST Award project, students take on the roles of scientists, researchers, engineers and designers to pursue their own ideas. It is the antithesis of ‘recipe’-style science. No CREST project is identical. Even when set the same brief, students produce unique, creative solutions and ideas to tackle the problem.

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