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First Choice

The University of Sunderland has a proud history of breaking down perceived barriers to higher education and providing the required support to help students with their university transition. Our First Choice Progression Scheme aims to equip students with the key skills required to be successful at university and support them in their journey towards higher education. We work closely with local pupils to help build on vital transferable skills and lay the foundations for a successful university experience.

Information for students

The First Choice progression scheme is a two-year programme of activities provided by the University of Sunderland. These activities aim to give you an insight into studying at the University of Sunderland and will help you develop skills necessary to succeed in higher education, while having fun at the same time!

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Information for teachers

The scheme runs across two years with pupils first being identified and signing up in Year 12 with completion in Year 13. Across the two years pupils will undertake a variety of activities both in school and on our university campus. Sessions will focus on what it's like to study at university, the application process as well as graduate and employability skills.

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Summer school

All fully registered First Choice participants are invited to our Year 12 Summer School to explore university life and find out what Sunderland has to offer. Students will take part in academic and skills sessions, as well as social activities, on our University campus and around the city.

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