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University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland has 20,000 students at its four campuses worldwide, in Sunderland, London and Hong Kong. Sunderland is based in the North East of England, has the perfect combination of city and seaside living and is a friendly, diverse and affordable place for you to live and study. We’re known as the friendly University – we welcome students from all corners of the globe and have a number of events and activities to help you make new friends and settle in. 

We recently opened a new School of Medicine, with the first students starting their MBChB Medicine course in September 2019.  


First Choice Progression Scheme

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.


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!



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.


Free resources

Access three resources – building resilience, interview advice and a careers speed dating video introducing the role of a Widening Access Manager