Robert Gordon University strongly supports Curriculum for Excellence and its aims to provide young people with the relevant skills and knowledge to succeed in life and work. This complements the RGU vision that recognises the importance of academic achievement and the development of personal skills which provide individuals with the confidence and opportunities to achieve their goals in life and become highly employable, active citizens.

From an early age Curriculum for Excellence introduces a broader, more flexible and individual approach to learning which allows pupils to gain a broad education until the end of S3. This prepares individuals well for the Senior Phase, S4 to S6, ready to specialise in their chosen subjects and continue to grow as individuals.

Entry to undergraduate study at Robert Gordon University is highly competitive.  However we are committed to ensuring that all applicants are given fair and equal consideration. In light of the variable pathways that can be followed through Curriculum for Excellence, we have reviewed our admissions policies to address these changes to ensure no applicant is disadvantaged. This statement seeks to give guidance to applicants considering applying to RGU in the future.

General admissions requirements

  • Academic qualifications will remain a key requirement when assessing an applicant’s suitability for entry to RGU and the University will require evidence of academic attainment and progression throughout the Senior Phase.
  • Published entry criteria will be the minimum required and offers given are often higher due to the volume of applications received and the restricted number of places available. The University will continue to publish entry criteria in terms of the Highers required for entry to year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
  • Entry requirements for individual courses will differ and the University will publish the required combinations of subjects and grades to ensure students are academically prepared.
  • The personal statement and reference should reflect the wider personal achievements of an applicant and reflect their enthusiasm, interest and motivation for degree level study, since alongside academic qualifications this is an important part of the selection process.
  • For some courses, attendance at an interview or selection visit will be a mandatory part of the application process as it is required to assess suitability for entry and is a key requirement for some professions.

Level of qualifications or grades achieved

  • The University’s Academic Regulations asks that students entering a degree programme at year 1 should have achieved a minimum of 5 subjects, 3 of which should be held at Higher.
  • National 5 qualifications will only be required for entry when there is minimum subject knowledge necessary and it has not been achieved at a higher level and National 4 qualifications will not be taken into consideration as part of the application.
  • The University recognises applicants will follow variable pathways in the Senior Phase and they may present with Highers achieved in S4, S5 and S6. We will consider that all Highers achieved by the end of S5 are classed as one sitting.
  • Those applying at the end of S5 that have not already met the academic entry profile, but have the potential to achieve, will be asked for additional qualifications which will have to be met by the end of S6.
  • If any subject is a repeat, a higher grade than has been previously attained may be required.
  • For some courses, attendance at an interview or selection visit will be a mandatory part of the application process as it is required to assess suitability for entry and is a key requirement for some professions.

This statement is for general information only and we would strongly recommend that any applicant that requires specific guidance should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their individual circumstances.

For more information please contact

E-mail: UGoffice@rgu.ac.uk

Phone: 01224 262728