Learning Framework

Senior Years Technological and Applied Studies

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Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) incorporates a wide range of subjects, which provide students with opportunities to engage in innovative and practical design activities, utilising diverse technologies.

Technology and the understanding of design processes enables people to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment, to improve their quality of life. Studies in TAS integrate both procedural and conceptual knowledge, based on a holistic view of design. Students identify needs that have personal relevance, apply design theory and use design processes that encourage flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination in the development, communication and production of quality solutions.

Students learn about different technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques to solve real problems, and to create ideas and solutions in response to needs or opportunities for customers, clients or themselves. They can be used to add functional, aesthetic and environmental value to products.

Year 10

In Year 10, students may choose from the following TAS subjects as electives:

  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Textiles Technology

Years 11–12

In Years 11–12, a range of elective TAS courses are offered in the Higher School Certificate (HSC). TAS involves undertaking depth studies in a wide range of areas, both in the classroom and beyond.


The courses offered by Ravenswood include:

  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Information Software Technology
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Software Design and Development
  • Textiles Technology
  • Textiles and Design
  • International Baccalaureate Design and Technology

The courses offered utilise the latest technology and incorporate advanced computing, including presentation for reports, graphics technology, computer-aided design (CAD), laser cutting technology and 3D printing skills. Whilst learning in the individual curriculum areas remains the focus, Ravenswood recognises the importance of placed based learning, beyond the classroom.

Students in Food Technology are supported and encouraged to look at Social Justice programs such as Meals Made with Love, supporting those who require assistance in times of illness or crisis, though our partnership with the Uniting Church. Students produce nutritious meals for families which are frozen and distributed as required.

Hospitality students gain an important understanding of employability skills and the world of work, through our extensive work placement opportunities in the VET Hospitality course. Placements at quality hotels, local cafés and a five-day industry immersion at Sea World Hotel School, in the Sea World Resort in Queensland, are some of the opportunities available. These industry experiences lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a team player and a team leader, in employment situations. The employability skills gained in this area, allow students to be job-ready for casual employment during their future tertiary studies, or to gain a head-start in the area of Tourism and Events Management.

In Textiles and Design, students explore the functional and aesthetic aspects of design through a wide range of fabrics and equipment. Their creative flair is encouraged throughout the design and construction of self-identified pieces of work and their HSC Major Work. 

In Design and Technology, students explore the design process and work of real world designers and their practice. Creative design solutions are constructed in vast practical applications and encompass a range of exciting materials, tools and processes such as sublimation, printing vinyl application, fabric decoration, CAD, laser cutting, silicon moulding and 3D printing. 

A variety of excursions and guest speaker events are offered, to assist students to deepen their understanding of the individual syllabus content. These partnerships deepen understanding and also provide fun and engaging learning opportunities.