Technological & Applied Studies

The TAS faculty offers a comprehensive range of subjects suited to almost all university, TAFE and career options. Available subjects assist students to develop not only literacy and numeracy skills and an understanding of the course framework but also assist students to learn many industry specific skills and techniques on high-end machinery.


The TAS faculty provides a range of subjects in Year 7 and 8 for students to learn many of the basic fundamental principles behind the design process. Students look at the properties of metals and timber, food and clothing manufacturing and computer based design and using hand tools and machinery produce their own projects through the year. This includes detailed safety testing before undergoing any project.


Junior subjects available include:

  • Technology Mandatory –  Wood
  • Technology Mandatory –  Metal
  • Technology Mandatory –  Jewellery
  • Technology Mandatory – Multimedia
  • Technology Mandatory –  Food
  • Technology Mandatory –  Textiles


Selecting a TAS subject in Year 9 and 10 students will gain a more in depth understanding about design principles and many of the techniques used by industry today. Students get to demonstrate their understanding of the subject content through a range of practical applications in their chosen subject field. Subject on offer include:


  • Industrial Technology – Wood
    • Develop introductory wood working skills in hand tools, basic machines and machining and joining through skill development practical projects.
  • Industrial Technology – Metal
    • Develop introductory metalworking skills in hand tools, basic machines and machining and welding through skill development practical projects.
  • Industrial Technology – Jewellery
    • A new course which provides opportunities for students to enjoy designing and making a range of individual jewellery including rings, pendants and ear rings. Students will have the opportunity to design and make a major project of their own choice in year 10
  • Information and Software Technology
    • Students learn a range of IT techniques common in today's working and learning environment including game making, programming, networking and animation. Students work to produce such projects as a fully functioning game (PC/iPad app), flash animations and websites. With great community partnerships students get the chance to enter prize competitions getting recognition for their efforts as well as get some time and training from people currently in the gaming profession. Students also get to further develop their own skills through Physical program and Problem-based learning including the development of a self-propelled plane and various other challenges aimed at extended student understanding of IT and its place in the world.
  • Food Technology
    • The Australian food industry is growing in importance, providing numerous employment opportunities and increasing the relevance of Food Technology for the individual and society. In this subject you will explore food related issues through a range of theoretical and practical experiences, allowing you to make informed and appropriate choices with regards to food.
  • Textiles and Design
    • If you are interested in the textile industry, this might be the course for you. This course offers are range of theoretical and practical application to learn and create a variety of projects.


In Year 11 and 12 students will develop their skills further to produce industry grade projects using advanced skills taught by highly trained teachers. Board Developed Course offered include:


  • Industrial Technology – Wood
    • Students learn about furniture making through developing a major project and folio. Students who undertake the course learn and develop fine wood working and cabinet making skills, study timber and furnishing industries and the economic and sustainable feasibility of the industry.
  • Industrial Technology – Metal
    • Students learn about metal making through developing a major project and folio. Students who undertake the course learn and develop metal working and machining skills, study metal and metal industries and the economic and sustainable feasibility of the industry.
  • Industrial Technology – Jewellery
    • Students learn about jewellery making through developing a major project and folio. Students who undertake the course learn and develop jewellery working and fine metal skills, study metal and associated jewellery products and the economic and sustainable feasibility of the industry.
  • Engineering Studies
    • The Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus is directed towards the development and application of mathematical, scientific and technological skills and their integration with business and management. It provides students with skills, knowledge and understanding associated with a study of engineering, its practices and associated methodologies. The subject promotes environmental, economic and global awareness, problem-solving ability, engagement with information technology, self-directed learning, communication, management and skills in working as a team.
    • The Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus is unique in that it develops knowledge and understanding of the profession of engineering. It also provides an opportunity to integrate the science and mathematics disciplines with societal development and change. The syllabus is inclusive of the needs, interests and aspirations of all students and provides opportunities and challenges to deal with engineering concepts.
  • Software Development and Design
    • Students learn how to design, develop, implement and evaluate a software product to fit a given scenario or purpose using a variety of technologies and text-based resources.
  • Information Processes and Technology
    • Students learn a variety of information about information-based systems and newly emerging technologies along with their associated social, ethical and environmental impacts.
  • Food Technology
    • Food issues have a constant relevance to our lives.  As a result of vast change occurring within our food industry, there is a need to develop an understanding about food systems and skills that will enable us to make informed and responsible decisions about the food we produce and eat.  The Food Technology syllabus provides for these learning opportunities by experimenting with and preparing foods, visiting industry sites, designing and producing new food ideas/products - so there are plenty of practical experiences.
  • Community and Family Studies
    • Students learn about the interactions among individuals, families, the community and societies. The course focuses on the well-being of all and the impact of broader societal influences including socio-cultural, economic and political factors.


Year 11 and 12 students also have the opportunity to study Board Endorsed Courses including:


  • Exploring Early Childhood
    • Students are given an overview of development and related issues within an early childhood context. It provides the opportunity to consider a range of issues in relation to the individual student, their family and the community. The course encourages students to develop interactions applicable to children in the developing years.


Along with these amazing Board Developed Courses and Board Endorse Courses, TAS also offer a range of nationally recognised and accredited vocational education and training subjects. Students who selected these subjects and successfully complete their competency units and work placements will receive a TAFE certificate of completion as well as training in current industry techniques required for various occupations. Subjects offered include:


  • Metals and Engineering
    • Students learn and develop skills through competency based theoretical and practical modules of work, for example, welding practices, using hand and power tools, engineering drawing, basic workshop machines and industry work placement.
  • Information, Digital Media and Technology
    • Students who complete the two year course will receive a Certificate three (TAFE). During the two years students will learn a range of skills that will assist them with entry into many IT occupations including game development and graphic design, a knowledge base for IT university degrees and an all round knowledge of IT to assist within all work places. Students complete theoretical and practical competencies including website design, multimedia development and internal PC building/fixing. Information, Digital Media and Technology is a great course for students interested in IT as a profession or for students wanting to gain PC skills used in most working professions and is the only course offered at this level of qualification at Corrimal High School.


Website created by students who have completed study in design and website principles


  • Construction
    • This course is for students who wish to be introduced to the Building and Construction Industry.  In its simplest form the course aims to provide students with practical tasks similar to those carried out by apprentices in the various trades associated with the construction industry. Practical skills and knowledge developed in the junior years of high school will be extended further through this practical based, hands-on course.
  • Hospitality
    • We are offering the Cookery/Catering Strand and the Food & Beverage Service Strand as a 2 unit course.  The modules covered are identical to those at TAFE. There is an emphasis on practical experiences including running the school 'restaurant', catering for functions and 70 hours of work placement.  The work placement is arranged at a number of local establishments eg restaurants, clubs, cafes, hotels and hospitals.  Chef's uniform and toolkit are compulsory for this course (these may be hired through the school or purchased).


Corrimal High students completing courses within the TAS Faculty have consistently achieved high results during the Higher School Certificate. Band 6 results have been gained by our students with results within our faculty well above the state average. Exhibitions of student practical work has always drawn praises from the community and HSC markers.

Our students completing VET courses have received praise from local employers, with a number of students gaining apprenticeships and apprenticeships.