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Ku-ring-gai High School

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Technological and applied studies

Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8 (Stage 4).Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects in Stage 5 and 6.

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 Stage 4
  • Food Technology Stage 5
  • Industrial Technology Stage 5 (Timber /Multimedia & Engineering)
  • Textiles Technology Stage 5
  • Engineering Studies Stage 6
  • Food Technology Stage 6
  • Industrial Technology Stage 6
  • Textiles and Design Stage 6.

Technological and Applied Studies enables people to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment to improve their quality of life at home, school, in work places and in the broader community. Technology education integrates both procedural and conceptual knowledge and develops skills in enterprise and initiative.

Technology mandatory

Stage 4 (Year 7 and Year 8)

A portfolio documenting the research, tools and processes is 50% of the assessment criteria.

Students across the 2 years undertake course work which includes

Food and Agriculture

Materials (Timber, Metals and Textiles)

Digital Technology

Stage 5 (Year 9 and Year 10)

  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology (Multimedia / Timber and Engineering)
  • Textiles Technology

Food Technology

The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of nutritional considerations and consumption patterns, food properties, processing and preparation. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life.

Currently our Year 10 students are undertaking a unit called "Service with a Smile".  Where they develop an understanding of the food service and catering industry and develop their skills by undertaking practical lessons in the commercial kitchen and preparing food suitable for catered events.

Industrial Technology - Timber/Multimedia and Engineering

The aim of industrial technology is to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values related to a range of technologies through the safe interaction with materials, tools and processes in the planning, development and construction of quality practical projects. The syllabus aims to develop in students an understanding of the interrelationships between technology, the individual, society and the environment, and to develop their ability to think creatively to devise solutions to practical problems.

In year 9 students construct a deck chair in semester 1 and a footstool in semester 2. In year 10 the students design and construct a table of their choice. Woodturning projects are carried out in conjunction over the two years.

In the area of Multimedia students have completed projects around design Apps, and interactive products and game development.

In the area of Engineering students have complete projects around Tiny houses, Rube Goldberg Machine and Mouse trap cars.

Stage 6 (Year 11 and Year 12)


  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology - Timber products and furniture technologies
  • Textiles and Design
  • VET Hospitality Certificate. II Cookery (SIT 20421)


  • ·Food Technology
  • ·Industrial Technology - Timber products and furniture technologies and Multimedia
  • ·VET Hospitality Certificate II Cookery (SIT 20421)

Food Technology

Students will develop an understanding about food systems and skills that enable students to make informed decisions and carry out responsible actions. Students will also develop an appreciation of the importance of food to the wellbeing of the individual and to the social and economic future of Australia.

In the Preliminary course student cover the topics of food availability and selection, including the influences of food availability & factors affecting availability of food around the world. Food quality investigates why safe food preparation is essential. Students look at the functional properties of food, understanding why we cook the ways in which food is prepared. Nutrition is investigated students identify the food nutrients & diets for optimum nutrition.

The HSC Course includes looking at The Australian Food Industry the sectors, policy & legislation. Food manufacture exploring the production, processing, preservation, packaging, storage & distribution of food. Food product development including the steps in food production development, reasons for development for new foods in the marketplace as well as developing a new product. Contemporary nutrition Issues including diet & health in Australia and the influences on differing groups and nutrition status.

Industrial Technology- (Timber Products and Furniture Technologies or Multimedia)

Industrial Technology at Stage 6 is designed to develop in students a knowledge and understanding of the selected industry and its related technologies with an emphasis on design, management and production through practical applications.

In year 11 Minor Projects in timber or multimedia, are designed and made with the intention of exposing the students to a number of different processes with the specialist material they are studying.  Associated theory, a portfolio for each project and an Industry Study of an individual business, are also mandated.

In year 12 the students design and construct their own Major Project and document the process in a portfolio. An all-encompassing Industry Study completes the NESA requirements.

Textiles and Design

Preliminary Course - this course explores a variety of areas and includes Design, Properties and Performance of Textiles and Australian Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Allied Industries as well as an industry overview of past, present & future textiles fashions.

Students will undertake TWO preliminary textile projects as part of the Preliminary Course.

Preliminary Project 1

Drawn from the area of study of *Design, this project focuses on the generation and communication of ideas, design modification, manipulative skills, evaluation of ideas and the project, and management of time and resources.

Preliminary Project 2

Drawn from the area of study of *Properties and Performance of Textiles, this project focuses on an analysis of fabric, yarn and fibre properties, experimental procedures, product design, fabric choice, manipulative and management skills, communication methods and the recording of information.

In the Preliminary Course, students will also undertake practical applications related to content being addressed. Examples of these may include experimental work, development of manufacturing skills, graphical, communication and sketching skills.

VET Hospitality

Qualification: Certificate II Cookery (SIT 20421) or Statement of Attainment Certificate II Cookery (SIT 20421)

This course provides students with the opportunity to obtain national vocational qualifications for employment in the hospitality industry. Students will be able to develop generic hospitality skills in customer service, communication, environmentally sustainable work practices, hygiene and safety as well as basic skills in commercial cookery.

Throughout Preliminary and HSC year the students undertake a variety of competency units, which can contribute to the attainment of the HSC an ATAR and TAFE qualification.

Students are required to participate in practical lessons and mandatory work placement in an Industry setting; these are undertaken in the schools commercial kitchen facilities and through local industry providers.