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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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core definition

Prerequisite is an attribute, qualification or course completion that a student must have before taking a specified course or programme of study.

explanatory context

A prerequisite maybe a specified course in a programme of study that must be completed satisfactorily before taking a subsequent (usually more advanced course). It may be a qualification such as a bachelor degree prior to taking a masters degree. It may be a foundation programme prior to starting a bachelor course in, for example, fine art. It may be an ability to play an instrument to a performance level as a condition of entering an advanced music programme.

analytical review

US News (2012) states:

Prerequisite: A required course that must be completed before a student is allowed to enroll in a more advanced one.

Indiana College Network (ICN), (undated) defines prrequisite(s) as:

Requirement(s) necessary before a student can take a particular class.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC, 2002), defines prrequisite as follows:

These are the minimum requirements for enrolling in a course. They are often listed in the class schedule and in course descriptions. For example, Spanish I is a prerequisite for Spanish II.


Castleton University (undated) states:

Prerequisite(s) Requirement(s) necessary to complete prior to a student taking a specific course.

associated issues

related areas

See also



Castleton University, undated, Glossary, available at, accessed 28 July 2012, page not available 8 January 2017.

Indiana College Network (ICN), undated, ‘Glossary' available at, accessed 22 September 2012, still available 28 June 2019.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary., accessed 20 September 2012, not available 20 June 2019.

US News, 2012,U.S. Higher Education Glossary, available at, accessed 28 July 2012, still available 28 June 2019.

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