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Foundation Pathway in Nursing

Robert Gordon University has 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.
The School of Nursing prides itself on providing graduates with a wide-range of education and development opportunities. The Nursing programme at RGU has a strong emphasis on practice-based learning, allowing students to apply their new knowledge and skills into their own are of interest and career ambition.

High School


Year 1 at Robert Gordon University

Fees*, duration and location

University Foundation First Year Degree Second Year Degree Third Year Degree


School of Nursing, Robert Gordon University

School of Nursing, Robert Gordon University

School of Nursing, Robert Gordon University

2 semesters

2 semesters

2 semesters

2 semesters






Exit point: BSc Nursing




Start date

University Foundation: 

21st September 2020 or

18th January 2021 


(subject to capacity)




RGU has purpose-built, state-of-the-art teaching and training facilities to provide students with a realistic and safe environment to practice their clinical skills.

The ward area includes two six-bed rooms, a high-dependency room with ‘Sim man’, a children’s room with ‘Paediatric Hal’ as well as a Nurses’ station.

Our volunteer patient programme provide further opportunities to put skills into practice with real patients from the community!

All of these facilities provide professional-level training which will prepare students for a career in health care from the outset and increase their perspective, experience and employability.

Clinical Skills facilities:

Inter-Professional Practice

Team-working and inter-professional practice are top priorities in the many different roles within health professions, ranging from Diagnostic Radiographers, Nurses and Midwives, to Pharmacists, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

Our inter-professional learning programme facilitates learning through multi-disciplinary teams of students which is a unique learning opportunity to undertake real cases and to work with other students of the health professions. This ensures that graduates of the Nursing programme are fully versed in working with all the different levels and departments that they could interface with while caring for their patients.

Professional Teaching Staff

RGU academic team members are all qualified practitioners, and students will benefit from their vast and varied clinical expertise and research knowledge. Their goal is to help students to become knowledgeable, influential, skilled, compassionate, and ready to work within a rapidly changing health and social care environment.


Placement experience is essential for producing graduates who are fit-for-purpose in rapidly changing health and social care environments. RGU students undertake a variety of placements in locations throughout Scotland. These placements allow theory to be put into practice and essential skills are developed.

The BSc Nursing course offers placements in practice for up to 50% of the programme


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Registration to the NMC is integrated into the programme and registration is not optional. The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the UK public. It is responsible for registering all nurses and midwives and setting the standards of education, training and conduct that nurses and midwives need to deliver high-quality healthcare.



  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Skills for Healthcare

University facilities

  • Virtual Campus Tour

Degree awards from Robert Gordon University


 Due to the patient facing nature of these courses and Clinical Placements, students may be required to show evidence of the equivalent of a 7.0 IELTS with no band below 6.5 on completion of the ICRGU Foundation programme, prior to their progression to year 1 at RGU. Please contact ICRGU if you have questions relating to this. 


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


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
  • Approximately £65 for uniforms (including polo shirt for clinical skills)
  • Approximately £300 to £500 for occupational health checks Actual cost will depend on the immunizations required
  • £52 for Protecting Vulnerable Group (PVG) check
  • 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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