Technology & Applied Science

At Sylvania High School we aim to make the Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) programs a relevant and important part of the students’ curriculum and life. To achieve this we offer a wide range of subjects which provide students with opportunities to engage in innovative and practical design activities.

Students learn about different technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques to solve real problems and to create ideas and quality solutions in response to needs. The courses help to develop creativity and problem solving skills in students. They also help to build their self-confidence as they take pride in creating a variety of projects across all subjects.

Technology Mandatory

Technology Mandatory is a rich and complex subject that provides students with opportunities to become technologically literate. The study of Technology Mandatory in Years 7-8 enables students to become responsible users of technologies and designers of solutions. Through practical application of knowledge and understanding, students develop skills in the safe use of a range of technologies to design, produce and evaluate solutions to identified needs and opportunities.

Students have the opportunity to experience classes in food, textiles, timber, metal, acrylic and digital technologies. A range of technologies enable the students to undertake exciting projects in all of these areas.

Students at Sylvania High School have the opportunity to study a wide range of both 100 hour and 200 hour courses in Year 9-10:

  • Child Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Graphics Technology
  • Industrial Technology Metal
  • Industrial Technology Wood
  • Information Software Technology
  • Multimedia and Publishing
  • Textiles Technology


Child Studies

The aim of the Child Studies course is to develop in students the knowledge, understanding and skills to positively influence the wellbeing and development of children in the critical early years (0–8 years) in a range of settings and contexts.The knowledge, understanding, skills and values developed through Child Studies provides a foundation for a wide range of study options in and beyond school and also a range of vocational pathways that support and enhance the wellbeing of children. Study of this syllabus supports young people engaged in voluntary caring, supervision and child support roles and in formal work opportunities such as childcare and education.


Food Technology

The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, preparation, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe work practices in the preparation of food. Students explore food-related issues through a range of practical experiences, allowing them to make informed and appropriate choices. This course is relevant for students who have an interest in food and nutrition at a personal level, as well as for those students who may in the future wish to pursue study in the food service and hospitality industries. Food Technology is a popular course at Sylvania High School.


Graphics Technology

This course develops an understanding of graphical communication and the techniques and technologies used to convey technical and non-technical ideas and information. In an age of globalised industry and rapid technological development, where computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacture (CAM) and multimedia applications are widely used, the study of Graphics Technology is particularly relevant. Through the study of Graphics Technology students become increasingly productive, creative, discriminating and confident in the development and use of a range of technologies relevant to current practice in graphics and graphics-related industries.


Industrial Technology: Metal

This course allows students to develop basic skills that are currently used in the sheet metal, metal machining and metal fabrication industries.  The course has a strong practical hands-on focus and students will make a range of metal projects which may include tools, household and garden accessories and furniture. Students will learn how to safely and appropriately use equipment which may include metal lathes, bending and cutting machines, MIG, Electric Arc and Oxywelding apparatus and a wide range of hand tools. 


Industrial Technology: Wood

This course enables students to build a variety of timber projects.  Working with wood is an enjoyable experience and students will develop traditional skills along with the use of the most modern machine tools.  Safe working habits and design skills are emphasised in the course.  Students are able to develop self-confidence and responsibility as they make projects using design and problem solving skills.  Practical projects undertaken provide opportunities for students to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills and may include furniture items, storage and display units, decorative timber products, small bowls or turned items. Students have the opportunity to work in the Trade Training Centre.


Information and Software Technology (IST)

The Information and Software Technology (IST) course offers a common core with a wide range of options. It provides students with specialised knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems in real life contexts. Through experimental and collaborative tasks, students engage in analysing, designing, producing, testing, implementing and evaluating information and software technology-based solutions. At this school there is a strong emphasis on the graphics, authoring, digital media and software design options. Student’s tasks in IST are generally open ended and therefore designed to cater for a range of abilities and skills.


Industrial Technology: Multimedia 

The Multimedia course provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to multimedia, photographic and associated industries. This is a very practical course. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about digital SLR and video cameras, websites and apps, ePublications, 2D and 3D animations and computer games. They will learn the fundamentals and some advanced use of a range of graphics software including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Acrobat, Video production and Web Design.


Textiles Technology

Textiles and Design allows students to develop problem solving skills while at the same time encouraging creativity and individuality in design.  Students can show these skills through the construction of garments, presentation of work in portfolios, use of colour in design, surface decoration of textile articles, fabric dyeing and printing.  The 100 hour course is great for providing essential skills needed to adjust new clothing that doesn’t quite fit.

The TAS Faculty at Sylvania High School offers the students a wide range of subjects to choose from, including VET subjects, Construction and Hospitality that have access to the Trade Training Centre facilities:

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology Timber
  • Textiles and Design
  • Construction (VET) Please see VET for more information
  • Hospitality (VET) Please see VET for more information


Community & Family Studies

Community & Family Studies (CAFS) explores life issues that are important to all young people.  The topics investigated and the emphasis on research ensures a course that is attractive to many students with the capacity to challenge and extend all student's ability levels. This is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ general life experiences. CAFS develops students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to effective decision making leading to confidence and competence in solving practical problems in the management of everyday living. Students learn to work cooperatively, appreciate the importance of effective communication and develop an understanding of their relationships within their families and other groups.


Design and Technology

Design and Technology (DAT) provides opportunities for students to identify needs or problems in their environment, work life, school life or leisure activities and to develop a solution a solution for the identified need. Students investigate historical and cultural influences that impact upon current and emerging design and technologies. Students focus upon creative approaches to design and produce a variety of projects, including a Major Design Project for the HSC course.


Engineering Studies

Both Preliminary and HSC courses offer students knowledge, understanding and skills in various aspects of engineering that include communication, engineering mechanics and hydraulics, engineering materials, historical and social influences, electricity and electronics as well as vocational opportunities.  Students study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields of engineering, undertaking a number of modules and creating written reports at both the preliminary and HSC levels.


Food Technology

Food Technology is a very popular subject at Sylvania High School where students will develop knowledge and understanding about the production, processing and consumption of food, the nature of food and human nutrition and an appreciation of the importance of food to health and its impact on society.  A wide range of skills will be developed in researching, analysing and communicating food issues, food preparation and the design, implementation and evaluation of solutions to food situations. Practical skills in planning, preparing, experimenting and presenting food are integrated throughout the course.

Industrial Technology Timber and Furnishing

Students at Sylvania High School undertaking Industrial Technology Timber can take advantage of the state of the art Trade Training Centre.  Students study a range of topic areas relating to the Timber and Furnishing Industry.  Students can access a wide range of equipment that has been installed in the Trade Training Centre as well as being able to experience laser and CNC driven machinery.  As with other focus areas within Industrial Technology students are required to design and manufacture a major project supported by a design and management portfolio in their HSC year.

Information Processes Technology

Information Processes and Technology (IPT) is the study of information-based systems. It focuses on information processes performed by these systems and the information technology that allows them to take place. Social, ethical and non-computer procedures resulting from the processes are considered. Different types of information systems are studied. Through project work, students will create their own information system to meet an identified need.

Software Design and Development

SDD is a software development course that takes students through the major steps in designing, creating and implementing software. There is a strong emphasis on commercial project management and development techniques. Visual Basic is the main programming language used throughout this course, however, students may be exposed to the RoboLab robotics language, Java, assembler and other languages depending on the teacher and the types of projects attempted. Students create a range of software solutions as part of this course.


Textiles and Design

Textiles and Design is attracting increased interest at Sylvania High School as a result of up to date computerised equipment and exciting programming by the teaching staff.  Students are involved in the study of design, communication techniques, manufacturing methods, innovations, fibres, yarns, fabrics and the textile industry in general.  Practical experiences are integrated throughout the content areas and include experimental work and project work.  The course culminates in the HSC year with the development of a Major Textiles Project with a supporting folio. Students can choose from one of the following focus areas: apparel, furnishings, costume, textile arts, non-apparel when deciding on their Major Textiles Project.