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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.

TAS is a very broad area of study that can be easily adapted to meet the needs and interests of all students. As a result, it allows all students to succeed in and beyond their schooling through the development of life-long skills.

The TAS faculty supports the strong academic and cultural traditions of Coonabarabran High School by developing comprehensive programs that foster positive learning environments and encourage individual achievement.

TAS courses offered at Coonabarabran High School

Technology (Mandatory) Years 7 and 8

The students rotate each term through the following areas: Agriculture, Coding, Food, Metal and Textiles. Practical tasks being completed throughout 2018 include:

Year 7 manufacture a tool box in Metal, plant and tend to vegetable gardens in Agriculture, manipulate coding using the Arduino boards, create delicious & healthy foods in Food, appliqué a pencil case in Textiles as well as learn keyboarding and basic computer skills within most of the classes.

Year 8 produce wooden toys and a Breakfast Serving tray in Timber, hone their Livestock skills in Agriculture, manufacture a coat/hat rack in Metal and taste food from around the world in Food.


Years 9 and 10

Agricultural students study animal and plant production, complete animal and plant trials, plant and tend to vegetable gardens and participate in Ag Skills Day.

Years 11 and 12

This course provides students with the opportunity to study the interactions between the components of agricultural production, marketing and management, while giving consideration to the issue of sustainability of the farming system. A Farm Product Study is used as a basis for analysing and addressing social, environmental and economic issues as they relate to sustainability.

Design and Technology Years 11 and 12

Year 11 Design and Technology students complete two main projects: in 2018 they up-cycling any and learn about sustainability through the practical use of shipping containers.  This allows the students to build a solid foundation for their HSC major project by developing their design skills and expectations for the folio component of their project.

Year 12 Design and Technology students design and create an individual innovative Major Design Project which includes an 80 page folio of supporting documentation and evidence. This project is marked by external markers.

Engineering Studies Years 11 and 12

This course provides students with the opportunity to study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields of engineering. Students learn about historical and societal influences, the scope of the profession and develop skills in technical communication. Students apply knowledge of engineering mechanics, hydraulics, electricity, electronics and engineering materials to solve engineering problems

Food Technology

Years 9 and 10

Students study the following units over a two year period, which includes a weekly practical lesson directly related the information being studied: Food in Australia (including Bush Tucker), Food Product Development, Food Selection and Health, Food for Special Occasions, Food Trends, Food Equity, Food for Special Needs and Food Service and Catering.

Years 11 and 12

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.

Industrial Technology - Timber

Years 9 and 10

Projects completed during this course include: Bedside table, Occasional table, 3 piece puzzle, Chess board, foot stool.

Years 11 and 12

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of a selected industry and its related technologies. Through a process of observing and analysing industry practice and through personal practical experiences, students develop a broad range of skills and knowledge related to the focus area chosen for the course. The course highlights the importance of design, management and production through the production of practical projects. Students select and apply appropriate design, management and production skills in the development of a Major Project and supporting documentation.

Metals and Engineering VET Years 11 and 12

The Metals students develop their welding skills throughout the year preparing for two weeks of compulsory work placement in our Trade Training Centre. In 2017 the students manufactured an impressive array of projects including: a Tray back for a Ute, a stick rake and forklift for a tractor, a trailer and a weight bench press.

Primary Industries VET Years 11 and 12

This course provides the students with many wonderful opportunities to develop their industry skills through school based and off-site field trips.  Experiences beyond the school environment include: attending Agricultural shows and local properties to complete competencies such as fencing and lamb marking.  Within the school environment, the students play a significant part in Ag Skills Day. Students are required to complete 70 hours of compulsory Primary Industries work placement.

TAS Faculty facilities and resources

  • Trade Training Centre
    – Metal & Engineering/Hairdressing
  • 1 Industrial Kitchen
  • 1 Stainless Steel Food Technology Kitchen
  • 2 Wood Work rooms
  • 1 Textile & Design room
  • Agricultural Plot
  • 2 computer rooms