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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.

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?

Your school or college will need to sign up to First Choice and then you will be able to sign up to the scheme. If this is something you're interested in, please ask your school or college to get in touch with us at first.choice@sunderland.ac.uk

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 starting in September 2024 and based at either The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, Sunderland or City Campus, Sunderland* 
  • 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 via UCAS before the deadline in May 2024.

**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
  • MBChB Medicine* 

* 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.

* New courses at the University may not be eligible for tariff points or guaranteed interview.

Find out more

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

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