UNSW Computing High School Programs
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January 22nd ~ June 7th, 2017

High School Computing (HS1917)

A fun, exhilarating exploration into the world of software design!

Each year a limited number of selected talented students are offered the opportunity to enrol as a UNSW student whilst still at school and take COMP1917, our highly popular first-year computing course. This Course is commonly called HS1917.
UNSW Computing course for Year 11 and 12 students

Get university credit while at high school

  • HS1917 is not an HSC subject substitution, but a genuine university computing course with the same content as taken by first-year Computing, Science, and Engineering undergraduates at UNSW.
  • Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who successfully pass the course and subsequently enrol in a UNSW Computing or Engineering degree will receive full credit for the course.  International students may join the course but cannot receive credit.
  • Passing the Course does not guarantee entry to UNSW. Students will still need to apply and gain entry through the usual channels (UAC, etc)
  • Passing this course is regarded as strong evidence of aptitude for those intending to apply for UNSW entry via the FEAS process..

How it works

  • Lectures are watched weekly at home via YouTube or iTunes.  
  • Tutorials are attended weekly at Allocated Schools and UNSW. They alternate between these locations.
    • The Allocated Schools Tutorials are held Wednesdays 4:00-7:00pm. 
    • The UNSW Mega-Tutorials are held Wednesdays 4:30-7:30pm. 
  • The Course runs from February to June. Applicants must be able to attend all tutorials.  See the Schedule.
  • Computer labs will be used, but a laptop will be beneficial.


The subsidised cost is $350 for the entire course.

  • This is an administration fee and is non-refundable (only students accepted into the course incur the fee). 
  • UNSW subsidises this course. The course fee enables us to employ extra tutors for the high school students. 
  • Any further associated costs will not be covered by UNSW (transport to/from the classes, etc).
  • Scholarships are available for those with financial hardship.  Email Brad Hall to apply.  


Applications close December 9th, 3pm (AEST), including feedback replies from your Mathematics teacher.

Step 1: Ask your legal guardians permission to attend the course, including the allocated tutorials and mega tutorials at UNSW.  Discuss how you will get to these locations.  You will need their email address.

Step 2: Ask your mathematics teacher's permission to provide information about your mathematics ability.  Ask for their email address.

Step 3: Prepare copies of:

  • your mathematics studies results from school (result and rank in your year)
  • any computing studies results from school (result and rank in your year)
  • any mathematics or computing competitions entered.

Step 4: Fill in the form at here

Step 5: After you submit your application an email will be sent to your mathematics teacher asking them to fill in a short, online feedback form and another email to your legal guardian for permission for you to attend this course.  

No references are required.

Coming Soon:  Summer Workshops for all high school students.
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