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How It Works

Your ICRGU programme will provide you with the academic skills you need to succeed at Robert Gordon University. All programmes are designed in collaboration with the University to ensure that modules are relevant and progression is smooth. On successful completion of your undergraduate programme, you will progress seamlessly to RGU.

Foundation Entry

First Year Entry


Your ICRGU programme will be delivered in small classes. Depending on your subject, you may also be taught in laboratory/workshop sessions. During classes, you will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of the topics covered by your tutors. You will have full access to RGU’s facilities throughout your ICRGU programme.

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Your Studies

Outside of your timetabled classes, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This would typically involve the following activities:

  • Reading journal articles and books
  • Working on individual and group projects
  • Undertaking research in the library
  • Preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • Preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning will be supported by RGU’s industry-standard facilities.

Your overall workload will consist of the following:

  • Timetabled contact hours
  • Independent learning
  • Assessed activities
  • Ad-hoc field trips

The breakdown of directed and self-directed study hours throughout your ICRGU programme can be approximated at the following:

  • Contact hours: 453
  • Self-directed study hours: 802

Timetables will be provided once you are registered and enrolled. Scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Your programme will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment, and you will receive feedback from your tutor on this.

There will be a formal assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include:

  • Written examinations
  • A range of coursework assessments such as:
    • Essays
    • Reports
    • Portfolios
    • Presentations
    • Final project.

The balance of assessment by examination and by coursework depends on your modules.

The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You must achieve a pass mark of 50 and above in all Semester 1 modules in order to progress to Semester 2.

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from your tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn, and you are encouraged to discuss it with your tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Placement Opportunities

Depending on your chosen programme, you may have the opportunity to complete a work placement in Year 3 of your degree. During this year, you will be paid by an employer and hold a real job title.

Below are some of the benefits of completing a working placement:

  • Boost your CV – Employers are looking for people with real industry experience as well as strong academic achievements.
  • Achieve higher grades – The additional skills and knowledge you gain during your placement year will no doubt have a positive impact on your studies.
  • Earn a salary – Students tend to earn between £12,000 and £19,000 during their placement year, and some students earn even more.
  • Build your network – The contacts you make during a placement may come in useful when you graduate and are ready to start your career.
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