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International College at Robert Gordon University

Foundation Pathway in Health Sciences

With a reputation for producing person-centred, capable and professional graduates, RGU delivers practice-focused courses which integrate the principles of public health and health promotion throughout all stages of the undergraduate programmes.

The University prides itself on immersing students in real-life situations to ensure you have the knowledge, skills, experience and confidence to embark on successful careers in health care professions.

Because of this, Robert Gordon University graduates have a precedent of not only making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, but also bettering the health of society overall through their work.

RGU Health Sciences - Facts and Figures

  • 1st in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in Health and Social Care (National Student Survey 2020)
  • 1st in the UK for Health Professions (The Guardian 2021)
  • 1st in the UK for Radiography (The Times 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for Physiotherapy (The Times 2021)

Apply today and begin your journey towards a career that makes a difference.

High School


Year 1 at Robert Gordon University

Fees, duration and location

University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Third Year Degree Final Year Degree


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

2 semesters

2 semesters

2 semesters

2 semesters

2 semesters






University Foundation: An additional academic year of study at ICRGU, with progression to Year One of the integrated Master's programmes at the School of Health Sciences.



University Foundation: 





At Garthdee Campus, RGU provides 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.

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About the pathway

This pathway course will give you the skills and qualifications you need to progress to a range of degrees and careers. The four specialist areas we are focusing on are detailed below.


This practical course will enable you to effectively assess and treat a wide variety of patients, developing your ability to analyse and evaluate your practice in order to meet the demands of the rapidly changing health sector. The course will provide students with real-life experiences through clinical placements, which will enhance confidence and employability and provide insight into the positive impact you will have on your patients.

Diagnostic Radiography

Diagnostic Radiographers use sophisticated imaging technology and a range of specialist modalities including digital radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, radionuclide imaging and ultrasound. Once qualified, you will 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

Studying Occupational Therapy at RGU will provide you with the skills to make a difference. Working in a range of ways with individuals, groups and communities, you will use your specialist 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 shape 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.


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

By qualifying in this specialist area you will extend your competence, knowledge and skills beyond those required of an entry-level practitioner in order to enhance your employability prospects and support the public health agenda.

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

Core Module Information

University facilities

Degree awards from Robert Gordon University

Interview Requirements HCPC Registration Post-Graduation Police Check Requirements

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

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: 

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

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- 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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