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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.

Technological and applied studies (TAS) faculty

The TAS faculty at Ashfield Boys High School has a diverse curriculum and offers a wide range of courses for students at all stages of their education and ability. The faculty’s philosophy is in developing both cognitive and practical skills that students can utilise in industry.

The technology mandatory course is offered to stage 4 students. The areas of study are, built environment, products and information and communications. Students pursue various design specialisations and technologies. These include landscape, structural, food, information systems, and digital media. The main focus of this subject is to endow students with skills in the design process and solving ‘real world' problems.

Stage 5 courses offered include food technology, engineering studies and various industrial technology courses such as electronic, metal and timber.

In senior high school stage 6, students are offered a wide range of curriculum choices. The subjects available can lead students to further higher studies at university or they can gain advanced entry into TAFE through the study of dual accreditation courses, in many cases up to certificate II. In many cases students have obtained an apprenticeship upon successful completion of courses. Subjects offered by the faculty include engineering studies, industrial technology-timber and vocational education training (VET) subjects of construction, hospitality - commercial cookery and metal and engineering.

All courses at all stages offer students the very latest technology available in industry as well as machines and power tools.

The faculty's staff is very experienced in their teaching fields and all of them have vast experience from working in industry. This enables them to thoroughly teach all of the associated theory and utilise a high skill level.

It is the aim of the faculty that all students will complete a well-balanced well rounded educational learning experience. Students will develop skills in both practical dexterity and mental aptitude for use in future studies and employment.