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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.

The Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) staff at Hunter Sports High School are multi-skilled professionals providing students with a diverse selection of technology courses from Year 7 right through to Year 12. 

Technology, and an understanding of design processes, enable people to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment to improve their quality of life at home, school, in workplaces and in the broader community.

Stage 4 (Year 7 & 8)

All Year 7 & 8 students study the mandatory Technology course. Students learn about technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques to solve real problems and to create ideas and solutions through practical experiences. Students learn to develop, select and apply technological skills involved in designing and producing.

The areas of study in Technology (Mandatory) are the built environments, products and information, and  communications. Students experience a variety of design specialisations and technologies throughout Stage 4 within each area of study. Design specialisations include:

  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • Accessories Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Food Design
  • Industrial Design - Timber/Metals/Mixed Materials
  • Jewellery Design
  • Promotional Design
  • Digital Media Design

Technology (Mandatory) builds on Science and Technology K-6 and is the foundation course in secondary education that provides broad experience in a range of contexts that can be further explored in Technology elective courses 7-10 and in Stage 6 (Year 11 & 12).

Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10)

Students are able to choose electives in Stage 5. The TAS Faculty offers the following electives:

Food Technology:  The aim of Food Technology in Years 9-10 is to actively engage students in learning about food in a variety of settings, enabling them to evaluate the relationships between food, technology, nutritional status and quality of life. Students will develop confidence and proficiency in their practical interactions with and decisions regarding food.

Industrial Technology:  The study of Industrial Technology in Years 9-10 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. At Hunter Sports High School two Industrial Technology courses are offered:

  • Industrial Technology Metal
  • Industrial Technology Timber

Design and Technology:  Design & Technology provides broad experience in a range of contexts and builds on the know-how and know-why developed in Science and Technology K-6 and the foundation Technology (Mandatory) course. The design and development of quality projects gives students the opportunity to identify problems and opportunities, research and investigate existing solutions, analuse data and information, generate, justify and evaluate ideas, and experiments with technologies to manage and produce design projects.

Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12)

Hunter Sports High School TAS Faculty offers three Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as well as Board Developed Courses. It is most important that Stage 6 students be well informed and aware of various learning pathways available to them in this stage.

Industrial Technology:  This is a Board Developed Course which will develop a student's knowledge and understanding of the timber and furniture industry and its related technologies, highlighting the importance of design, management and production through practical experiences. The course consists of project work and an industry study that will develop a broad range of skills and knowledge related to the timber and furniture industry. 

In the preliminary course, students must design, develop and construct a number of projects. Each project will include a management folio. Each project may emphasise different areas of the preliminary course content. Students also undertake the study of an individual business within a focus area industry.

In the HSC course, students design, develop and construct a major project with a management folio. They will also undertake a study of the overall industry related to the specific focus area.

VET Courses (Construction, Hospitality, Metals & Engineering):  The Curriculum Framework in each of the above VET courses are designed to enable students to acquire a range of technical, practical, personal and organisational skills valued both within and beyond the workplace. They will also acquire underpinning knowledge and skills related to work, employment and further training within each of the industries. Through the study of this subject, students will gain experiences that can be applied to a range of contexts, including work, study and leisure an that will assist them to make informed career choices.

The inclusion of these courses in the HSC, based on industry-recognised AQF VET qualifications, will allow students to access both long-term and short-term employment opportunities. The courses also provide an optional HSC examination, which allows results from the 240 indicative hours courses to contribute to the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). 

It is a mandatory requirement for students to complete 35 hours of work placement in both Year 11 and Year 12 of these VET courses.

Please be aware that all elective subjects are practically-based and require a small charge to be paid by students for materials used in practical experiences. To comply with DEC work health and safety policies and regulations, the wearing of solid leather footwear is mandatory in practical work areas.