Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses

About SLICCs

Introductory information about SLICCs, including videos and student accounts.

Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICCs) offer a reflective framework for students to gain academic credits for co- and extra-curricular experiences and to develop their own set of personal and professional skills and attributes through this experience.

Currently targetted at first and second year undergraduate students, SLICCs offer the opportunity to earn 20 academic credits for involvement in a professional development, internship, work experience or research project experience of their choosing during their summer vacation.


SLICC credit

SLICCs award credit outside of those earned by students’ core credit courses - a successfully completed SLICC receives 20 Level 8 SCQF credits, which is equivalent of 2nd year of study.  Because places on the summertime SLICCs are only allocated once a formal proposal is submitted and approved late in Semester 2, students must sign-up for the required number of courses for their year of study regarless of the SLICC.  Students should note that once they have commenced a SLICC, this will be like any other academic course and will appear on their transcript/HEAR.  More information on the academic credit gained through a SLICC and how it can be used is availble in the 'Academic credit' section.


The SLICC experience

While undertaking a SLICC, students will blog regularly on their experiences, and submit a final reflective report as to how they have addressed the learning outcomes at the end of the course.

With regard to feedback – students receive formative academic feedback from their SLICC tutor at the proposal stage, and formative feedback on their interim reflective report, and then a mark and feedback on their final report. 

Students will also be linked up with peers who are doing their SLICC at the same time to support each other in a SLICC 'community of practice'.  

Students may not achieve everything they set out to do, however the SLICC reflective framework allows for this, enabling students to show how they have learnt from working on problems and even their mistakes, and demonstrating how they would work in the future.


Introductory and overview videos

For more information about SLICCs see the introductory videos below.  

[NOTE:  the videos below mention receiving '10 credits' and 3 Learning Outcomes; SLICCs are now for 20 credits and use 5 Learning Outcomes.]

Mini-introduction[60 seconds] - Previously completing SLICC  students offer an inroduction to SLICCs, discuss what a SLICC can be and consider the importance of reflection. 

Introduction from the SLICC Course Lead [5 minutes] - Dr Simon Riley, the SLICC academic lead, offers an inroduction to SLICCs. 

Video: What you'll gain from doing a SLICC and what types of experiences have students used for their SLICCs [2 minutes]

Overview of the SLICC journey [10 minutes with voiceover]

Reflection support [3 minutes] - Previously completing SLICC  students discuss what reflection is, examples of reflection and how they evidenced their learning within their SLICC. 

Student perspectives

Read about Alec's SLICCs experience and why he recommends them at the link below.

Alec's story

Hear Tobias talk about his SLICC experience in summer 2015 at the link below.

My SLICC experience - Tobias Thejll-Madsen

Read about Leo's SLICCs experience and the principles he took from it.

Leo's story

Read EUSA President (2015-16) Jonny's blog on SLICCs at the link below. 

Let students lead their learning