Important Notice: please note that create a future is no longer able to provide support, registration or assessment of CREST awards. All enquiries for CREST should be addressed to CREST national in London. Registrations are via the national website.
CREST is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in the fields of science and technology regulated by the British Science Association.
Prices for schools:
CREST Discovery £3.00, Bronze £5.00, Silver £10.00 and
Aimed at students aged 11-19, CREST awards encourage students to develop their scientific curiosity, problem-solving and communication skills. Through a mentoring system, the scheme can facilitate links between schools and industry or higher education.
CREST awards motivate students, build confidence and encourage them to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. The Awards are available at three levels:
Discovery: a great first introduction to project work, these take about five hours and can be done in one day; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds.
Bronze: 10 hours of project work, typically for students aged 11 to 14. Projects within an industrial context are encouraged.
Silver: 40 hours of project work, typically for students aged 14+. Links with industry are encouraged.
Gold: 70+ hours of project work, typically for students aged 16+ and students must be linked with a mentor from industry or higher education.
Projects can be in any area of science, engineering and technology and can be chosen by the students subject to approval from the teacher or create a future staff.
Students who have completed CREST project work have the opportunity to display their work at Big Bang Events. Outstanding projects may be submitted for inclusion in the NSEC and Big Bang events.
Benefits: UCAS endorses CREST Awards for inclusion in students’ personal statements – they’re well regarded, high-quality and a tangible recognition of success. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award: a CREST Award can count towards your Skills section at any DofE Award level.
Independent CREST Registrations
There may be circumstances when a school or college is unable to support a student through the CREST award. In this case it is possible to register Individual Students for CREST awards via the following form:
CREST Independent Registration Form (do not use this form for school registrations)
These Individual Registration Students receive support or assistance directly from create a future or from a designated representative of create a future.
UCAS Personal Statements
This part of the UCAS process is crucial to your application, as it tells university departments why you want to study geology. The personal statement is limited to 4,000 characters, equating to about 600 words. This is little more than a page in length, but is your opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
Writing your Personal Statement
You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm for geoscience but also for university in general. Further education can be tough, so why do you want to do it? Here are some ideas for expressing your enthusiasm:
The particular parts of geology that really interest you and why.
Are there things you would like to learn more about (e.g. volcanoes, earthquakes, minerals, fossils etc.)? Do you see your future career path involving them?
Things you are doing or have previously done that show you have an interest in geology.
These can include:
- Studying AS or A-level geology or physical geography
- Trips you have been on with school, family or friends that have involved an aspect of geoscience, such as climbing holidays or visits to museums like the Natural History Museum in London or the Scarborough Rotunda, North Yorkshire. What did you find fascinating about them?
- Membership or participation with local geological conservation groups, clubs such as Rockwatch, or outdoor pursuit clubs like climbing, caving, diving or hiking.
- Previous or future participation in geoscience events (either in or outside school), such as the National Schools Geology Challenge or any events in Earth Science Week
- Relevant books you have read and TV programmes/films you have seen that have fascinated you. Think a little further than volcanoes and earthquakes here - what about climate change, or the oil and mining industries?
- Perhaps there are eminent geologists you follow on social media, or whose work you are particularly familiar with. This is a really good way to demonstrate to universities that you have some familiarity with the work research staff undertake.
Things you can contribute to student life
What about your other extra-curricular activities, such as sports, music, languages etc? Having an interest in pursuing these while you are at university suggests you will be contributing to student life beyond your studies, as well as demonstrating that you are a dedicated individual.
Why you think an undergraduate university degree will be beneficial to your aspirations
- Will it really help you in pursuing a chosen career path?
- Is it the start of longer-term academic studies? Perhaps you hope to go on to post-graduate study afterwards.
- Will learning from highly-regarded geologists be useful to you?
- What parts/courses in the degree are you really looking forward to?
Effective writing skills
The personal statement is also an opportunity to demonstrate that you can write clearly, concisely and effectively. Spelling and grammar must be correct; this shows that you have proof-read the document and that you care about getting these aspects right.
There is no need to use overly complicated terminology, but ensure it’s not overly simplified. As a guide, if your teachers do not recognise some of the words you are using then you have probably used terms which are too technical.