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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.

The TAS Faculty of Kogarah High School strives to provide opportunity for all students to acquire essential knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes in this subject area. Teachers in the TAS Faculty have high expectations of students, and aim to guide them to successful pathways in their studies and their careers.

Faculty aims/objectives:

  • work collaboratively with others to achieve individual and collective goals
  • possess the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • be productive, creative and confident in the use of technology and understand the impact of technology on society
  • understand the work environment and be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to evaluate potential career options and pathways

Student requirements

  • Pens (blue/black, red)
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Ruler
  • Diary

Curriculum links

Faculty structure

This faculty offers the following subject areas:

Year 7 & 8 Technology

Technology Mandatory engages students in design and production activities as they develop solutions to identified needs and opportunities. Through the practical application of knowledge and understanding they learn about Agriculture and Food Technologies, Digital Technologies, Engineered Systems and Material Technologies.

Year 9 & 10 Food Technology

Food Technology is an elective course. Students undertake practical design projects within focus areas. These areas include Food Selection and Health, Nutrition and Consumption, Food Preparation and Processing, Food for special needs and Food Trends in Australia. Students are actively involved in developing their management and practical cookery skills.

Year 9 & 10 Industrial Technology (Timber)

The Timber focus area provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the timber and associated industries. The core module develops knowledge and skills in the use of tools, materials and techniques related to timber which are enhanced and further developed through the study of a specialist module.

Practical projects undertaken should reflect the nature of the Timber focus area and provide opportunities for students to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills related to timber technologies. These may include:

·         Decorative timber products

·         Furniture items

·         Small bowls or turned items

·         Storage and display units

·         Storage and transportation products

Year 9 & 10 Textiles Technology

A study of Textiles Technology provides students with broad knowledge of the properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, yarns and fibres are explored, and how these are used in conjunction with colouration and decoration techniques. Project Work that includes investigation and experimentation enables students to discriminate in their choices of textiles for particular uses. Students document and communicate their design ideas and experiences applying contemporary technologies in their project work. Completion of projects is integral to developing skills and confidence in the manipulation and use of a range of textile materials, equipment and techniques.

Year 9 & 10 Information and Software Technology (IST)

Information and Software Technology provides students with the opportunity to develop computational, systems and design thinking skills through the development of practical projects. The course provides students with specialised knowledge of past, current and advancing technologies, data, hardware, software and the roles of people involved in information and software technology. Students explore developments and future directions in the exciting and challenging field of information and software technology. The course fosters an interest in and encourages critical reflection of information and software technology as an integral part of modern society.

Stage 6 Hospitality

This course is accredited for the HSC and provides students with the opportunity to obtain nationally recognised vocational training. This is known as dual accreditation. Students selecting this course should be interested in working in a hospitality environment preparing and serving food and beverages to customers. They should be able to lift and carry equipment, use hand held and larger commercial kitchen equipment. Students may be required to participate in after-hours school events and functions. There will be out of class homework, research activities and assignments

The Units of Competency for Hospitality are:


BSBWOR203   Work effectively with others

SITHIND002   Source and use information on the hospitality industry

SITHIND003   Use hospitality skills effectively

SITXCCS003    Interact with customers

SITXCOM002  Show Social and Cultural sensitivity

SITXWHS001   Participate in safe work practices


SITXCOM001   Source and present information

SITHFAB005    Prepare and serve espresso coffee

SITHFAB007    Serve food and beverage

SITXFSA002     Participate in safe food handling practices

BSBSUS201    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

SITHCCC003   Prepare and present sandwiches

SITHFAB004   Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages

SITXFSA001    Use hygienic practices for food safety

SITHCCC002   Prepare and present simple dishes

Stage 6 Construction

This course is accredited for the HSC and provides students with the opportunity to obtain nationally recognised vocational training. This is known as dual accreditation. Students selecting this course should be interested in working in a construction environment. They should be able to carry out manual activities e.g. lifting, carrying and shifting loads of materials, climbing ladders and have the ability to use hand and power tools.  There will be out of class homework, research activities and assignments.

The Units of Competency for Construction are:


CPCCCM1012A   Work effectively and sustainably in the Construction Industry

CPCCWHS2001   Apply WHS requirement, policies and procedures in the construction industry        

CPCCCM1013A    Plan and organise work

CPCCCM1014A    Conduct workplace communication

CPCCCM1015A    Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCCM2001A    Read and interpret plans and specifications

Electives                 6 out of the following

CPCCCA2011A      Handle carpentry materials

CPCCCA2003A      Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on the ground

CPCCCO2013A       Carry out concreting to simple form

CPCCCA2002B        Use carpentry tools and equipment

CPCCJN2001A          Assemble components

CPCCJN2002B          Prepare for off-site manufacturing process

Stage 6 Design and Technology

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.

Stage 6 Information and Processes Technology (IPT)

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about information-based systems and how social, ethical and non-computer procedures resulting from the processes are considered. Students study different types of information systems and through project work create their own information systems to meet identified needs.

Stage 6 Food Technology

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.