Before completing a course or unit, all students must show they’ve met the inherent requirements of that course or unit. Inherent requirements are essential components that, if skipped, would substantially impact on course learning outcomes.

Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

About inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

ACU is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

We give consideration to any cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact your participation in a course or unit. For further information, contact your Course Coordinator.

Inherent requirements are specific to a particular course. In the university context, compulsory requirements are broader and can include:

  • compliance with the policies, procedures and regulations which are applicable to all students at ACU
  • the mandatory requirements associated with the course of study, eg attendance, completion of assignments.

Inherent requirements ensure the academic integrity of a course is maintained and preserves the University’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

In order to know if you meet the inherent requirements, you first need to understand the terminology we use to describe them. Read how we define inherent requirements domains, and important terms such as reasonable adjustments, on our key terms page.

Understand inherent requirements key terms

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a course at ACU, you need to be able to meet all the inherent requirements. If you are applying for a course, you should read the inherent requirements carefully to ensure you are able to meet them. 

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a Disability Advisor on your campus to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Get in touch with the Disability Support team

Contact our AskACU team to discuss your course

Inherent requirements at ACU

We’re currently working to identify inherent requirements for all ACU courses so you can make more informed choices. These will be progressively introduced over the next few years.

View the available inherent requirements by selecting your study area below.

  • Master of Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

For double degrees, please check inherent requirements for both courses of study.

Resources for staff

If you’re a current member of staff, explore the inherent requirement resources below on our staff website:


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