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Understanding the interaction of competence standards and reasonable adjustments

A competence standard is a particular level of competence or ability that a student must demonstrate to be accepted on to, progress within and successfully complete a course or programme of study.

Understanding_competence-standards-coverHigher education institutions (HEIs) have responsibility for developing non-discriminatory competence standards, and designing a study programme to address these competence standards.

HEIs also have the responsibility to ensure that assessment methods address the competence standards. Adjustments to ways that competence standards are assessed may be required so that disabled students are not put at a disadvantage in demonstrating their achievement.

ECU has produced this guidance to support HEIs meet these institutional and legal responsibilities, and promote disability equality.

The guidance will be of use to all staff involved in developing and assessing competence standards. This includes course directors, course programme managers, course tutors, departmental disability representatives, external examiners, disability services staff, inclusive practice managers, placement tutors, placement mentors, admissions staff, and marketing and recruitment staff.