UNSW offers high schoolers a credited university-level course

Registration closes 3 February

The University of New South Wales is offering excelling high schoolers the chance to fast-track their university education with a credited, extracurricular computing course.

The HSC University Pathways program will enable accelerated students who have completed at least one of their Higher School Certificate (HSC) subjects in Band 6 or E4 to enrol in a first-year university course while completing their studies.

According to the School of Computer Science and Engineering development manager, Brad Hall, the computing course is at university level and hasn’t been “watered down”.

Year 11 and 12 students are taught the same content and do the same assignments and exams as first-year university students. However, the course is not an alternative HSC subject but if students subsequently study at UNSW, they’ll receive full credit for the enrolled course.

“The objective is to excite and challenge high school students, and to prepare them for university-level study and change their perception of the field,” Hall said in a statement.

“We want students to know that university-level computing is very different to high school information processes and technology, or software design and development.

“And we hope that many students who have never considered computing as a degree or career will see that it's a very creative and stimulating choice.”

Students in the program can watch lectures at home on DVD or online, and attend weekly tutorials for the duration of the course.

Students can apply online for the computing course. Semester one registration closing on 3 February and classes begin on 29 February.

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