CREST Awards

What’s it all about?

Lots of people may think of ‘skills’ as being related to art, music or drama. But, we know that people can be skilled in all kinds of areas.

That’s why you can now do project work in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) and count it towards your DofE Skills section through the British Science Association’s CREST Awards Scheme.

CREST is a nationally recognised, UCAS endorsed awards scheme that recognises quality STEM project work and, just like The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, you can achieve CREST Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.

There is a lot of overlap between the Skills section of your DofE and the criteria that you’ll be meeting as part of a CREST Award. It might be much easier than you think to achieve both of these awards!

Why do both?

Why not? By registering for your DofE and CREST Awards you can gain twice the recognition for the efforts you put in. Both CREST Awards and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are recognised by colleges, universities and employers. Please click here to download a handy PDF leaflet explaining more.

How do the Awards overlap?

A CREST Award can count towards your Skills section at any DofE Award level.

*If you are doing the bulk of your CREST project in a condensed time, or with a link scheme, ensure you can extend your project over the months required for the DofE. During your programme you’ll need to do each activity for an average of an hour a week over this time. You have until your 25th birthday to complete your DofE programme and achieve your DofE Award.

Find out more

Speak to a Science/DT/Maths teacher in school. They (or you) can register your CREST project with a CREST Local Co-ordinator. It’s best to register at the start of the project.

You can read more about how the awards overlap here:

You can find details of the CREST Awards at:

You can find your CREST local co-ordinator at

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