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First Choice Summer School

COVID-19 update

Read our COVID-19 update.


Summer School 2020

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. Students will have access to taster sessions and have the opportunity to engage with current students and staff. We are also running some online social activities as part of this.

The dates for First Choice Summer School will still be 1st July to 3rd July 2020.

Registration is now open. Eligible students have been invited to this event by email. If you think you are eligible to attend but have not received an invite, please email first.choice@sunderland.ac.uk or call 07557849725.


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.

Summer School Information

Everything you need to know about our First Choice Summer School. 


Summer School


The First Choice Summer School is a key part of the First Choice Progression Scheme and is compulsory for First Choice participants if they wish to remain eligible for the 16 University of Sunderland tariff point reduction and guaranteed conditional offer (course restrictions apply*).

Summer School participants will have the opportunity to gain experience of higher education, spend time with current university students, get a taste of the subject they are interested in, as well as getting a feel for what life is like as a student at the University of Sunderland.

More information about First Choice scheme

What to expect

All students will be given a personalised timetable with a programme of activities, including sessions based around their subjects of interest** 

The timetable will include evening social activities which students are also expected to attend unless there are mitigating circumstances.

**Subject sessions will require a minimum number of participants, dependent on the subject, to run. If the required minimum of participants is not met students may be asked to attend a more general subject session. For example, Community and Youth Work Studies students might be asked to join the Social Sciences session. Wherever possible the University will look to accommodate all students.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to attend the First Choice Summer School your school must be a registered First Choice School and you must be a registered First Choice member.

Why should I attend?

  • Get a taste of the university experience early
  • Stay in student accommodation 
  • Try the subject you want to study at university
  • Interact with current university students
  • Remain eligible for your 16 UoS tariff point reduction/guaranteed conditional offer*
  • Games, competitions, prizes and freebies
  • It's all completely free! 


*To see a full list of course restrictions please read the Students page

How to confirm your place

Eligible students should recieve an information pack in the post which includes an information form and parental consent form which must be filled in and sent back to us. This pack will include everything you need to know about the Summer School.

Students will also recieve an email and will have the option to complete these forms online. 

If you think you are eligible to attend but have not recieved any information or if you have any other questions, please contact the First Choice team on 0191 515 3294 or email us at first.choice@sunderland.ac.uk

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