High School Computing (HS1511)

UNSW Computing course for Year 11 and 12 students

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 COMP1511, our highly popular first-year computing course. This Course is commonly called HS1511 (formerly HS1917).

  • HS1511 is aimed at students who are in Year 11 during the year of the course. (Year 12 applications may be considered if there are sufficient places and HSC studies allow time, and some exceptional Year 10 students will also be considered).
  • No previous programming experience is required, mathematical insight is useful.

During my time in HS1917 I saw a huge improvement with my school work in particular technology subjects. I found that the course helped to broaden my knowledge and anyone who lets the opportunity pass without truly considering it will miss out on a remarkable educational experience.

Matthew, previous student

Get university credit while at high school

  • HS1511 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.
  • As this course is fee exempt, unfortunately it is not available to International students.
  • 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.

HS1917 provided a great way for me to learn computing appropriate to my level of experience, beyond that which school courses could provide and was also a great way to get a start in uni and  get a taste of the uni student experience  giving me a head start in the course I plan to get through.

Curtis, previous student


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 here (Applications closed on 8th November 2017) 

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.

Further information

  • 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 for students under 18. UNSW will not be responsible for the students outside of class time and have limited liability during class time.
  • All UNSW policies apply (rules about cheating, copying assignments, etc).
  • Email the Development Office with any questions.