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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 from Year 9.

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.

The Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) faculty encompasses a vast array of subjects which deal with technology. Students are given the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of creative and practical experiences which draw on a variety of technologies.

Students at the Stage 4 level are mandated to study 4 different context areas, using a broad range of different technologies.

The Stage 4 Context Areas are:

·         Digital Technologies

·         Engineered Systems

·         Agriculture and Food Technology

·         Materials Technology

Students can then specialise in elective subjects that take their interest at the Stage 5 level. They have the ability to choose 3 elective subjects at this point.

Students at the Stage 6 level have the ability to concentrate their study on technologies as diverse as Design and Technology, Engineering, Food Technology, Textiles and Design, Industrial Technology (Timber or Multimedia), Hospitality and Construction.

Throughout all TAS subjects, the underlying principle is one of engagement in creative problem-solving and skill accumulation/building in a project-based context.

Given Australia's need for an ongoing supply of skilled workers, particularly in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), TAS subjects are well placed to meet students' requirements, where an emphasis is on critical thinking in a collaborative environment.

Courses overview

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6