As well as the certificate that each F1 in Schools competitor receives it is also possible to gain other awards, with the work completed by the students for the challenge.

Below are a few of the schemes that can be accessed through the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge. If you would like any further details about the schemes mentioned below, please contact us via e-mail at

CREST Awards

CREST (Creativity in Science and Technology) is the nationwide award scheme for project

work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The scheme recognises project work at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The criteria at each award level focuses on the individual students’ creativity, problem solving skills and communication skills. Please contact your local CREST coordinator (contact details listed on the CREST website) to discuss how your F1 in Schools project work can be used to gain a CREST award.

Age Range: 11-19

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is split into five sections: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, Expedition and Residential Project. The work done for the F1 in Schools challenge can be used as part of the 'skills' section of the award. Those entering this scheme need to think creatively and make sure you keep records of all your work using an activities log.

Age Range: 14-25

The Year in Industry

The Year in Industry or YINI, as at is also known, is a scheme for 'gap year' students who want to spend a year in industry before or during university. So after competing in F1 in Schools, students can take a year out in the engineering industry before going into further education.


The Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the UK’s biggest single celebration of science and engineering for young people and aims to celebrate and inspire them. Involving over 150 organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, and reaching out to schools and students across the country, The Big Bang represents a true partnership of the UK’s science and engineering communities. The 2014 Big Bang Fair will be held at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th – 16th March 2014.

Age Range: 9 - 18

Certificate of Professional Practice

Sign up online for The College of Teachers’ Professional Recognition Programme when you register for any of the F1 in Schools competitions, including the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge, and receive an internationally recognised qualification once your team reaches the chequered flag.

For the last 13 years, students taking part in the competition have received recognition for their superb achievements. But now, for the first time ever, as a teacher, technician or community group leader delivering the project to your students, you too will receive professional recognition through The College of Teachers for your own efforts.

What is The College of Teachers’ Professional Recognition Programme?

During the challenge you are encouraged to complete a blog or diary documenting your activities, which you will then use to write a short reflective report at the end, summarising the practical skills you have developed over the process – these skills include coaching and mentoring, curriculum development and evaluation of your own teaching and learning styles.

This report is assessed and in return for your hard work and dedication you will receive a Certificate of Professional Practice, strengthening your CV and acknowledging your achievements. The Certificate of Professional Practice is awarded under The College of Teachers’ Royal Charter and can be taken at Levels 2 or 3.

Which level qualification should I sign up for?

Level 2 comprises 20 hours of notional learning time to include direct input, the planning and implementation of practical tasks and a final response. The final submission would be presented in the form of a personal reflection (1,000 words). The cost for this is £77, which includes Student Membership of The College of Teachers.

Level 3 comprises 40 hours of notional learning time to include direct input, planning and implementation of practical tasks and a final assignment, which is a reflection on learning with a personal development plan (2,000 words). The cost for this is £118, which includes Student Membership of The College of Teachers. Level 3 is recommended for those who have undertaken the challenge before.

Do I get any other benefits?

Whatever qualification you choose, as a Student Member of The College, you will receive additional benefits including:

  • Online access to EBSCO Education Research Complete, the world’s largest and most complete collection of over 1,500 full text education journals
  • Online access to The College of Teachers’ quarterly journal Education Today
  • Online access to The College of Teachers’ Newsletter
  • Discounts from a number of educational resource suppliers
  • Discounts on healthcare and other insurance

Who are The College of Teachers?

Established in 1846, The College of Teachers is the UK’s professional membership organisation for teachers and the premium education provider of professional development qualifications. All qualifications awarded by The College are internationally recognised.

This all sounds great – how do I sign up for The College of Teachers Professional Recognition Programme?

Sign up for the programme through the F1 in Schools website this year when you register for the competition.