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.
TAS (Technological and Applied Studies) at ABHS
Technological and Applied Studies encompasses the subjects of Technology (mandatory), Design and Technology, Industrial Technology (Junior and Senior), Engineering Studies, Food Technology and Software Design and Development. Vocational courses are offered in Manufacturing Technologies and Hospitality.
The diverse nature of subjects offered within the school in the TAS faculty, provide opportunities for students to elect subjects in areas that interest them. All of these subjects are closely tied into possible career paths for students in the future.
Technology (mandatory) is studied by students in Years 7 and 8 for 200 hours over two years. Students learn about technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques relevant to the personal, commercial and global areas of human activity. Technologies, in the areas of Graphics, Metals, Timber, Model-Making, Food Technology, Polymers, Mixed Materials and Textiles, are applied to solve real problems and to create ideas and solutions in response to needs and opportunities for customers, clients or themselves.
Industrial Technology (Stage 5)
Students in Years 9 and 10 can choose to study Industrial Technology subjects in the focus areas of Building and Construction, Engineering, Metal, or Timber. The study of Industrial Technology subjects provides students with opportunities to engage in a diverse range of creative and practical experiences using a variety of technologies widely available in industrial and domestic settings.
Only two Industrial Technology subjects can be studied concurrently.
VET Manufacturing (Timber)
VET Manufacturing (timber) is a vocational education framework course that allows students to participate in a wood based TAFE course as part of attaining a trade certificate.
Stage 5 Industrial Technology subjects are organised according to the following table:
Industrial Technology (Stage 6)
Industrial Technology provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of either the Metals and Engineering Industry or the Timber Products and Furniture Industry. Through a process of observing and analysing industry practice and through personal practical experiences, students develop a broad range of skills and knowledge related the industry. The course highlights the importance of design, management and production through the production of practical projects. Students select and apply appropriate design, management and production skills in the development of a Major Project that is marked externally.
Engineering Studies (Stage 6)
This course provides students with the opportunity to study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields of engineering including civil, biomedical, telecommunications and aeronautical. Students learn about historical and societal influences, the scope of the profession and develop skills in technical communication. Students apply knowledge of engineering mechanics, hydraulics, electricity, electronics and engineering materials to solve engineering problems.
Design and Technology (Stage 6)
This course involves the study of design theory and practice, design processes, environmental and social issues, communication, research, technologies, and the manipulation of materials, tools and techniques. It involves hands-on practical activities which develop knowledge and skills in designing and producing. The course involves the development, realisation and documentation of design projects. The Major Design Project and supporting folio requires students to select and apply appropriate design, production and evaluation skills to a product, system or environment that satisfies an identified need or opportunity.
Food Technology (Stages 5 and 6)
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding about nutrition, diet and health in Australia, food availability and selection. Students investigate the Australian Food Industry, the production, processing, packaging, storage and distribution of food and the marketing of food products. Practical skills in developing, experimenting, planning, preparing and presenting food are integrated throughout the course.
VET Hospitality (Stage 6)
VET Hospitality provides students with the opportunity to gain industry-recognised national vocational qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework as part of their NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC). The qualifications available in the Hospitality Curriculum Framework are:
- SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality
- SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
- SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery – Statement of Attainment only
- SIT30916 Certificate III in Catering Operations – Statement of Attainment only.