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First Choice – 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.

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Who is First Choice for?

The 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 students must:


How to get your school involved

If you think your students 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 and your students.

What are the benefits for your school?

  • Book sessions around your availability
  • Priority booking for University of Sunderland on-campus events
  • Opportunities to use our University facilities free of charge
  • Ongoing support for your students throughout the scheme


What are the benefits for your students?

  • 16 tariff points to complement their offer for eligible University of Sunderland undergraduate course*
  • 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 choose us as their firm choice before the UCAS deadline.

*Courses that require 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 point reduction:

  • 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 teachers

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

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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