Information for UTS students and prospective students
UTS strongly supports the right of all people who wish to undertake a course at our University to pursue their goals and achieve their personal potential. We welcome prospective students with disabilities, and students from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.
WHAT ARE INHERENT REQUIREMENTS?
An Inherent Requirement is an academic or non-academic requirement that is inherent in or essential to the successful completion of a course. Inherent Requirements are specific to specific courses, disciplines and/or faculties.
Inherent Requirements statements have been developed for UTS courses to support current and prospective students' decision making. These statements specify the Inherent Requirements of each course for student assessment and progression.
The framework for Inherent Requirements is based on six groups of tasks that will be required as part of a course:
- Legal and Behavioural Requirements;
- Communication Tasks – verbal; written; non-verbal;
- Knowledge Tasks (Cognitive/Intellectual) – literacy; numeracy; knowledge and information;
- Observation Tasks (Sensory) – visual; auditory; tactile;
- Practical Tasks (Physical) – gross and fine motor requirements; and
- Sustainable Performance.
Many courses offered by UTS will not have Inherent Requirements relevant to all areas. In the case of many UTS courses, the Inherent Requirements will relate primarily to cognitive/intellectual and communication tasks.
Inherent Requirements are important to ensure the academic integrity of courses is maintained and the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes are preserved.
UTS also requires students to comply with a range of other compulsory requirements such as University policies, procedures and regulations which are applicable to all students (for example the UTS Student Charter) as well as the mandatory requirements associated with the course of study (for example attendance and completion of assignments).
Occupations also have certain characteristics that are integral to each profession. Some of these are prescribed by Australian law. For example, students training to be school teachers are studying a course approved under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (NSW) which requires students completing a NSW teacher education course to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation. Similarly, students studying health professions can be required to hold student registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA). Students studying in areas where such professional regulation applies should consult the relevant professional body for more information.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
If you are intending to enrol in a course at UTS, you should look at that course’s Inherent Requirement statement and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.
If you think you may experience challenges related to your disability, chronic health condition or other similar reason, you should discuss your concerns with a staff member at UTS’ Student Services Unit (SSU) Accessibility Service. These staff can work with you to determine reasonable adjustments that can assist you to meet these Inherent Requirements.
Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the Inherent Requirement.
If you think you may experience challenges meeting the Inherent Requirements of a course because of reasons related to carer’s responsibilities, you should discuss this with the Academic Liaison Officer (ALO) in your faculty - a list of ALOs can be found here.
If you think you may experience challenges meeting the Inherent Requirements of a course because of reasons related to your religious beliefs, you should discuss these with your faculty or the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit.
WHAT IF I CANNOT MEET THE INHERENT REQUIREMENTS OF A COURSE?
UTS is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, practice experiences and other activities to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities or chronic health conditions, can fully participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments may assist you to demonstrate the required outcome or knowledge via a range of methods or techniques.
If you are unable to meet the Inherent Requirements of your course, with reasonable adjustment, you will not have met the learning outcomes of the relevant subject.
This means that you may be excluded from your course (in the case of undergraduate students) or have your registration discontinued (in the case of postgraduate students) for failing to:
- meet the minimum rate of progress (MRP), or
- complete the course requirements in the prescribed time.
If you have been excluded from a course or had your registration discontinued you can appeal in accordance with clause 10.8 of the UTS Student Rules. Information about appeals and complaints can be found here.
If, in consultation with you, the University determines that you are not able to meet inherent requirements with reasonable adjustments, UTS undertakes to provide you with guidance regarding other career or study options within or beyond UTS. Please contact the Student Centre, UTS Careers Service or the Responsible Academic Officer in your faculty if you need assistance with exploring alternative study options.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For general information about inherent requirements:
UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion
Equity and Diversity Unit
For assistance in discussing the impact of disability or ongoing health condition
Student Services Unit (SSU) Accessibility Service
Other useful contacts
Faculty Academic Liaison Officers
All contact details at: www.uts.edu.au/alo-list
Faculty Responsible Academic Officers
All contact details at: www.gsu.uts.edu.au/academicboard/raos/responsibleacademicofficers.html
UTS Student Centres
Ph: In Australia 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)
Outside Australia +61 2 9514 1222
E: Send us a question via Ask UTS
W: Ask UTS
UTS Careers Service