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Academic credit gained through a SLICC

Information about how academic credit gained through a SLICC can be used

Students successfully completing a SLICC will receive 20 academic credits at SCQF Level 8.  This is the level of a typical first or second year course.  Generally, undergraduate students are required to sign-up for 120 credits every year of study.

The University views the SLICC credit as equivalent to any other non-core credit of the same level, meaning that students will be able to count it as elective credit towards their degree programmes where this is allowed.

Regardless of whether or not they plan to undertake a SLICC in the coming summer, students are still be required to sign-up for the required number of credits at the start of the academic year, as it would be uncertain that they will develop an academically viable proposal for their SLICC.  From the outset, this will need to be made clear to students interested in undertaking a SLICC.

SLICCs completed during the summer typically go to a Board of Examiners at the end of August/early September, at which point each student's grades will be agreed.  This means students should know their SLICC grade before starting their courses in September.  The only exception to this is where a student has applied for a discretionary dispensation to submit late and therefore miss the late August/early September Board of Examiners.  Where this happens, the SLICC grade will only be confirmed later in the academic year (likely at a January Board of Examiners) and the student will not be able to use these credits to inform their elective course choices for that year of study.  

There are some restrictions for Tier 4 students: 

  • Tier 4 students are required to be studying on a full-time basis. The only exception to this is outlined under the ‘Resits and Repeats’ section on the Student Immigration pages.
  • If a Tier 4 student wishes to participate in SLICC between year 1 and year 2, then they can do so but are not permitted to choose to create a lighter workload during the academic year as a result of the credits gained over the summer. They must continue to be studying on a full-time basis.


How credit gained through a SLICC can be used

For first or second year students, credit gained through a summer SLICC can be used in different ways - it can either be used as elective credit in place of a non-core elective course, or it can be used as additional credit, i.e. over and above the number of credits required for that level of study.  Because places on the summer SLICCs are only granted once an academically viable proposal is submitted and approved during late Semester 2, at the start of the year students still have to sign-up for a full credit-load regardless of whether or not they intend to do a SLICC in the coming summer.