SISA Level 1 Application

Students who have attended an approved SISA level 1 workshop should apply to receive formal recognition of completing level 1 of SISA. The link below will take you to a short form which will ask you to confirm details about the workshop and what you have learned.

[Registration for SISA Level 1 has closed for Academic Year 2019-20 and will resume for Academic Year 2020-21 on the 1st of September]

Help with completing your application

You will be asked to provide a short response to the following reflective question that relates to your course/module or workshop:

What new thing did you learn (a) and how does that relate to the future (b) and to your future (c). (Max 100 words).

Please note there are three parts to this question, (a) – (c), and each part must be answered. To help you successfully address each part, SIE has provided prompts below to assist your reflections. You don’t need to answer all of these prompts, but do select a few that are applicable to you.

First Part of the Question: What new thing have you learned? (From your course/module or workshop prior to applying for your certificate)


Have you been asked to come up with a new idea for a project? Did you have to solve a problem and work in teams to find a solution? Did you have to do some research into what is happening in different industry sectors and/or or understand what a customer might be experiencing when engaging with a product or service.

Did you learn a new skill(s)? For example communication or team work skills and/or how to work with new technologies.

Second Part of the Question: How does this ‘new thing’ relate to the future?


Why would a future employer value these skills? Do you think that some of these skills are becoming more important given the pace of change we are seeing across your industry sector and possibly society as a whole? If so, then provide a sentence as to why you think an employer would want you to have these skills?

Or provide some information on how these changes might have an impact on companies and customers in the future with regards to their future needs and the innovations they will want to use?

Third Part of the Question: How does this ‘new thing’ relate to my future?


How will these new skill(s) help you stand out in the job market? Have they helped you think about different work opportunities? Or, if you are thinking about setting up your own business, have they helped you think about what you might do and why? Please note that it is not acceptable to confine your answer to ‘this will look good on my CV’. You need to reflect why it looks good on your CV and think back to how you answered the first and second parts of the Level 1 question.

If you have a few years of study to go at university, you may want to reflect on and document that acquiring these skills through your course/module or workshop has made you think about future projects that you may decide to pursue as part of your future studies or any skills you want to develop or enhance before graduation.