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Technological and applied studies

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
  • optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

Available courses include:

  • Technology Mandatory Years 7-8
  • Agricultural Technology Years 7-10
  • Design and Technology Years 7-10
  • Food Technology Years 7-10
  • Graphics Technology Years 7-10
  • Industrial Technology Years 7-10
  • Information and Software Technology Years 7-10
  • Textiles Technology Years 7-10
  • Agriculture Stage 6
  • Design and Technology Stage 6
  • Engineering Studies Stage 6
  • Food Technology Stage 6
  • Industrial Technology Stage 6
  • Information Processes and Technology Stage 6
  • Software Design and Development Stage 6
  • Textiles and Design Stage 6.

About the faculty

TAS provides opportunities for students to design and develop products, systems and environments to meet a specific need. The best way to learn is often through experience.

TAS delivers students numerous opportunities to ‘learn by doing' with a project-based approach to developing essential academic, work and life skills that supports and reinforces students learning. TAS makes school fun and exciting whilst delivering outstanding educational outcomes and valid work skills that can lead directly to clear pathways to a myriad of careers from catering to engineering.

TAS covers and extraordinarily large range of fields and subject areas, however, the basic premise and overriding themes are almost identical. Regardless of the area of study, the process of creating solutions to problems based on information gathered forms the basis of all work conducted.

Students are actively engaged in relevant and meaningful problem solving activities that encourage them to take responsibility and ownership of their own learning. Throughout each project students are encouraged to consider the impacts and implications for society, the individual and the environment. This holistic approach to sustainability ensures that students consider the needs and expectations from all stakeholders in any given situation.