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UNSW Advanced Computing Course for High School Students

StopPress: 2011 applications close 7 Feb 2011

Subject - University Computing Course for High School Students

To - Mathematics Head Teacher, Computing Head Teacher, Director of Studies

Do you have an outstanding student with a strong interest in computing or mathematics?

Each year UNSW offers a limited number of places in its advanced first-year university level computing course COMP1917 to talented high school students. Students will be taught by UNSW academic Richard Buckland. The course is designed to be stimulating, challenging, and lots of fun.

Videos of past offerings of COMP1917 are freely available (watch on YouTube).

This course is not an HSC subject substitution, but a genuine university computing course with the same content, assignments, and exam as taken by first-year Computing, Science, and Engineering students at UNSW. Students who subsequently enrol in a UNSW Computing or Engineering degree will receive credit for the course.


  • For students in Year 11 (Year 10 and 12 applications will be considered if there are sufficient places and HSC studies allow the time)
  • No previous programming experience is required, mathematical insight is useful.
  • UNSW does not charge fees for this course. Any associated costs will not be covered by UNSW (transport to/from UNSW, etc). Students who do not have access to a computer at home will be given access to UNSW computers.
  • Students attend weekly tutorial classes at UNSW and selected local schools, held Wednesdays 4:00-7:00pm on the dates below.
  • Lectures will be viewed weekly via YouTube or iTunes.

  • Students who obtain 85 or higher in the course automatically qualify for the elite computing program on entry to UNSW.
  • Passing this course is regarded as strong evidence of aptitude for those intending to apply for UNSW entry via the FEAS interview process.
  • We intend to record the tutorial class and material and post it on the internet in the same manner as the lectures.
  • Guardian's permission must be obtained. UNSW will not be responsible for the students outside of class time and have limited liability during class time.
  • Other UNSW policies apply (rules about cheating, copying assignments, etc)