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Foundation Pathway in Health Sciences

Course next available - 2021/2022 Academic Year 
Robert Gordon University have a long history of producing graduates who not only positively impact the lives of individuals but also have the ability to make a valuable contribution to the health of society.
RGU has a strong reputation for producing person-centred, capable and professional graduates. RGU run practice-focused courses which integrate the principles of public health and health promotion throughout all stage of the undergraduate programmes. The university provides itself on immersing students in real-life situations throughout their studies to ensure our students have the knowledge, skills, experience and confidence as they embark their careers in health-care professions.

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Year 1 at Robert Gordon University

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School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University

School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University

School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University

School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University

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Start date

University Foundation: 


September 2021 


Based at the Garthdee campus, RGU provide access to volunteer patients, a wide-range of equipment commonly encountered in practice, as well as purpose-built facilities including a human performance lab, functional capacity lab, x-ray suite, Physiotherapy practical rooms, ward settings, intensive care room, Occupational Health Home Setting and food handling lab.

Take a tour here.

Physiotherapy – ranked 2nd in the UK (The Times, 2019)

This practical applied course will enable students to effectively assess and treat a wide variety of patients, with an ability to analyse and evaluate your practice, in order to meet the demands of the rapidly changing health sector; with competencies beyond those expected of a graduate. With a clinical placement, the course will provide students with the practical and real-world experiences which will enhance confidence and employability after graduation and insight into positive impact on your patients.

This course is ranked 1st in the UK for graduate prospects, and 1st in Scotland for teaching quality and student experience - The Times Good University Guide 2018.


Diagnostic Radiography – ranked 5th in the UK (The Times, 2019)

Diagnostic Radiographers use sophisticated imaging technology and a range of specialist modalities including digital radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, radionuclide imaging and ultrasound. Diagnostic Radiographers provide high quality diagnostic images to aid in the detection, monitoring and management of a patient's illness.

Changes to the traditional methods of healthcare provision mean entry-level graduate Radiographers are increasingly involved in extended roles including image commenting, image interpretation, report writing, patient treatment and prescribing of medications. These emergent skills require high levels of analytical, problem-solving and research skills.

Occupational Therapy - Ranked 19th in the UK (The Complete University Guide, 2019)

Studying Occupational Therapy at RGU will provide you with the skills to make a difference, working with people to overcome challenges in their lives. Working in a range of ways with individuals, groups and communities, you will use your specialist Occupational Therapy Skills to enable people to overcome challenges to participate more fully in life.

This is the first course in Scotland offering a four-year Master of Occupational Therapy award. It has been developed in response to employer needs and key current policy and social directives. It will develop you into an Occupational Therapist who is; professional, resilient, creative, practical and dedicated to implementing contextually relevant occupational therapy services which promote and enhance health, wellness and quality of life for individuals and populations.

This course is ranked 1st in Scotland for OT, 1st in Scotland for course satisfaction, and 1st for employment and/or further study six months after graduation The Guardian University League Tables 2018, published in 2017.

Dietetics – ranked 3rd in the UK (The Times, 2019)

As a Dietitian you will be a registered health professional who uses knowledge about food, science and the human body in health and disease to educate and give practical advice to patients, colleagues, clients, carers and the general public. You will have the ability to work with patients to change lives, and contribute to the welfare of society.

This course will allow you to extend your competence, knowledge and skills beyond those required of an entry-level practitioner in order to enhance your employability and prospects, and support the public health agenda.

You will develop skills in empowering individuals, groups and communities to change diet and lifestyle behaviours, and will practice your skills through simulated and inter-professional learning opportunities. Uniquely, you will have the chance to select an elective module, and to earn additional qualifications as you complete the course.


Ranked 1st in the UK for Food Science - The Complete University Guide, 2019 League Table.


Association of Nutrition (AfN), Nutrition Society - the largest learned society for nutrition in Europe.


  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Practical Skills
  • Principals and Concepts of Health Improvement and Promotion

Core Module Information

University facilities

  • Virtual Campus Tour

Degree awards from Robert Gordon University


Students applying for the University Foundation leading to these Health Sciences programmes will be required to pass a online video interview assessment with the School of Health Sciences prior to receiving a final offer.


HCPC Registration Post-Graduation

 On graduation from the above Robert Gordon University Health sciences Programmes– students wishing to apply to register for the Health and Care Professions Council will be required to submit evidence of a valid IELTS 7.0 with no band below 6.5 or equivalent if their first language is not English. Details on all registration requirements after graduation can be found here:https://www.hcpc-uk.org/registration/ 



Students of this course will be required to provide the appropriate criminal record checks from their home country prior to enrolment on programme at RGU. Students are required to obtain this prior to travel from their home country. 


The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.

- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad

- Accommodation and living costs

- Printing

- Accommodation and travel: £1000 approximately to cover potential accommodation and travel costs incurred during practice placements. Placements may take place anywhere in the country. 

- Protection of Vulnerable Groups clearance: £60 approximately – please note this is currently covered by Scottish Government but agreed on an annual basis

- Student membership of professional body 

- At the beginning of your course and during all practice placements you may be required to purchase and wear an official uniform. Where uniforms become damaged or for any other reason unsuitable, you are responsible for the cost of the replacement.

- Costs associated with health checks which are variable depending on needs, but online screening is essential: 

  • Online Health Screening - £22.70
  • Additional Health Screening - £48.70 / £72.20
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination x 3 - £26.60 each
  • Hepatitis B Blood Titre Test - £32.00
  • TB Mantoux Test / BCG Vaccination - £33.00 / £24.00
  • MMR Vaccination x 2 - £22.45 each
  • MMR Blood Test - £31.00
  • Varicella Blood Test / Vaccination - £21.00 / £33.00

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