Some programs and courses at UQ have inherent requirements.
Inherent requirements are core activities, tasks and skills that are essential to successfully completing a program or course. They can include:
- physical and cognitive requirements
- communication and interpersonal skills
- professional behaviour
- ethical conduct.
Inherent requirements help us to maintain the integrity of our programs, learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They are based on a program’s learning outcomes, which are designed to reflect professional standards.
All students have to meet their program's inherent requirements to graduate.
How this affects you
To successfully complete a program or course, you have to show that you can safely and reasonably perform its inherent requirements. Inherent requirements help you to:
- understand the skills and attributes you must demonstrate to successfully progress through a program
- make informed decisions about your study and career choices, and
- prepare for the professional standards you'll need to meet in a workplace.
Standardised testing is used to assess some inherent requirements in certain programs (e.g. literacy and numeracy tests for education students). Otherwise, your ability to meet inherent requirements will be evaluated throughout your program.
What you need to do
If you plan to apply for a program with inherent requirements, read through them carefully and think about whether you will be able to meet them.
If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, contact a Student Adviser. We recommend doing this as early as possible, so you can make an informed choice about your study options.
Advisers will work with you to understand your needs and whether any reasonable adjustments might help you meet inherent requirements. They can also provide you with advice about other study options, if appropriate.
We can make reasonable adjustments for cultural or religious reasons, or for students with a disability or medical condition (including mental health conditions and temporary conditions).
Reasonable adjustments can be made to things like:
- teaching and learning
- clinical practice, and
- other activities.
Reasonable adjustments need to balance the interests of everyone affected, including students and the University.
Even with reasonable adjustments, you still have to meet inherent requirements and all academic standards to graduate. If you’re unable to carry out some inherent requirements, you may fail part of your program and be unable to graduate.