Social Work (postgraduate) courses

These inherent requirements apply to the following courses: Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Introduction to inherent requirements for Social Work

The University of New England strongly supports the rights of all people who wish to pursue a social work course to achieve their potential and career objectives. The University is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, field placement and other activities to address the impact of students' disabilities so that they are able to participate in their course.

To support potential and current students' decision making a series of inherent requirement statements has been developed. These statements specify the course requirements of the postgraduate social work courses for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under seven domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, sensory abilities and sustainable performance. Some of the activities that you will be associated with whilst participating in this course are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to clients' safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance.

Students are required to undertake field placement activities in mixed gender environments which reflect the Australian social work context.

The inherent requirements outlined below provide a guide for students and staff when deciding whether you are able to meet these requirements and the type of reasonable adjustments that could be put in place to allow you to complete the course without compromising the academic integrity of the course.

How to read the inherent requirement statements

If you are intending to enrol in a postgraduate social work course at the University of New England, you should look at these Inherent requirement statements 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 any other reason, you should discuss your concerns with a campus Disability Advisor, Student Assist or the School of Health staff, such as the Course Coordinator of Social Work. These inherent requirements should be read in conjunction with other course information and Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) publications such as the AASW codes of ethics and the AASW Practice Standards.

Each inherent requirement is made up of the following five levels:

Level 1 - introduction to the inherent requirement 

Level 2 - description of what the inherent requirement is

Level 3 - explanation of why this is an inherent requirement of the course

Level 4 - the nature of any adjustments that may be made to allow you to meet the requirement

Level 5 - examples of things you must be able to do to show you've met the requirement

Inherent requirement domains

There are seven domains of inherent requirements in each of the postgraduate social work courses. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Sensory ability
  • Sustainable performance

These inherent requirements apply to the following postgraduate social work courses:

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