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First Choice – information for students

Beginning in Year 12 and continuing in Year 13, you can take part in a variety of interactive sessions both in school and on our University campus, developed to help your transition to university. Sessions will focus on what it's like to study at university, help you during the application process, as well as developing essential higher education and employability skills.

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Who is First Choice for?

The First Choice scheme has been specifically designed to help students who are interested in continuing their studies after Sixth Form/College and are interested in studying at the University of Sunderland. Therefore to be eligible for the scheme you must:


How do you get involved?

If you think you would benefit from the scheme and want to be involved, you can email us at first.choice@sunderland.ac.uk to register your interest and get further information.

First Choice information

Find out how First Choice can benefit you.

What are the benefits?

  • 16 tariff points to complement your offer for eligible University of Sunderland undergraduate courses*
  • A guaranteed conditional offer*
  • Attend a dedicated Summer School to experience university life early
  • Develop vital transferable skills needed for higher education
  • Ongoing support through the university application process
  • Meet people from across the North East also interested in studying at the University of Sunderland

*To be eligible for the tariff points and guaranteed conditional offer students must successfully complete the scheme and make us their firm choice before the UCAS deadline.

*Courses that require an interview are not included in the guaranteed conditional offer.

What courses can the 16 University of Sunderland tariff points be used against?

Your 16 University of Sunderland tariff points can be used against the majority of our courses. However, the following courses are not eligible for the tariff points but do qualify for a guaranteed interview.

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • MBChB Medicine* 

If you completed the Year 12 compulsory aspects of our First Choice progression scheme during the academic year of 2019/20, your 16 University of Sunderland tariff points can be used against the majority of our courses. However, the following courses are not eligible for the tariff points:

  • MBChB Medicine 
  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing Practice
  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Mathematics Education with QTS
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education with QTS
  • BA (Hons) Social Work

* Only for students who meet WP criteria (.pdf). All applicants must also take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) during the year in which they apply through UCAS. Scores must be within top 8 deciles of the cohort and situational judgement test (SJT) must be within bands 1-3.

FAQs for students

Read our First Choice FAQs for students (.pdf).

Due to Covid-19, we had to make changes to our regular First Choice Summer School. This year our Summer School will take place as an event on our online platform.

If you think you are eligible to attend but have not received an invite, please email first.choice@sunderland.ac.uk or call 07557849725.

Find out more

Please get in touch to see how we can support you.

Email: first.choice@sunderland.ac.uk
Tel: 0191 515 3294


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