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Inherent Requirements

In some ECU courses, especially those offered by the Schools of Nursing & Midwifery and Education, students must meet what's called Inherent Requirements.

These are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate your abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of those courses or units.

Inherent Requirements also form part of the entry requirements of a course. They must be met by all students.

For example, if you're applying for a course that leads to practice as a nurse and/or midwife, you should read the inherent requirements carefully to ensure you're able to meet them.

Inherent Requirements help to ensure the integrity of professions like teaching or nursing. They also ensure that the integrity of a course is maintained and preserves the university's learning, assessment and accreditation processes.

Making reasonable adjustments

As well as helping you make an informed decision about your capacity to study certain ECU courses, Inherent Requirements also help us to consider whether you might need some reasonable adjustments to assist you with study.

Reasonable adjustments are measures or actions taken to assist you in participating in education and training on the same basis as other students.

For example, if you have a disability, medical condition or caring responsibility, ECU’s Equity, Diversity and Disability team can consider the information you provide and determine the types of reasonable adjustments that can be made.

The types of measures needed will vary, depending on the specific disability, or needs you have, but could include alternative assessment (including exam) conditions, aids, resources and equipment, note-taking or AUSLAN interpreting.

To discuss reasonable adjustments for a particular course, please contact ECU’s Equity, Diversity and Disability Service.

ECU’s Inherent Requirement Categories

Inherent Requirements - school statements

If you intend to enrol in an Initial Teacher Education course or in a Pre-registration Nursing and/or Midwifery course, you should carefully examine the relevant school's inherent requirement statements.


ECU has referenced the work of Western Sydney University in the development of its Inherent Requirement Framework.

This content has been reproduced and modified based on materials published by the University of Western Sydney: Inherent Requirements © University of Western Sydney is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International licence.

Acknowledgement: Johnson, A., Allan,T., Phillips,K., Azzopardi,T., Dickson,C., Goldsmith,M & Hengstberger-Sims, C. (2011). Inherent Requirements of Nursing Education (IRONE), University of Western Sydney (UWS) School of Nursing & Midwifery and UWS Student Equity & Disability Services, used to form the UWS Inherent Requirements.

All subsequent dealings with this work pursuant to the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International licence must contain the same form of attribution as above and acknowledge Edith Cowan University.

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