NBSC Cromer Campus

The co-educational comprehensive campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

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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 use a range of tools, materials and techniques in the design process and technological experiences through theory and practical lessons. As well as the mandatory study of technology, students can select from a range of elective TAS subjects.


Available courses include:

  • Technology Mandatory                 7 & 8
  • Food Technology                           9 & 10
  • Industrial Technology                    9 & 10
                            - Engineering
                            - Metal
                            - Multimedia
                            - Timber
  • Information and Software Technology         9 & 10
  • Textiles Technology                                        9 & 10
                 HSC subjects
  • Design and Technology                 
  • Engineering Studies 
  • Food Technology 
  • Industrial Technology 
  • Software Design and Development 

The TAS department is a diverse faculty that teaches a range of technology subjects. Students develop a variety of skills in the use of technologies and knowledge of problem solving that is applicable to modern life.

Stage 4

In Years 7 and 8 all students will study Technology (Mandatory). Students rotate through the Areas of Study, Products, Information and Communication and the Built Environment. They will develop projects in each of these Areas of Study using Food, Textile, Timber, Metal, Plastics and Computer technologies. Students are explicitly taught the design process in each of these units. We have fully equipped technology classrooms and highly experienced staff. Students love this subject because it is hands on and practical.

Stage 5

In Year 9 students can choose their electives from a range of Technology courses.

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

Industrial Technology

The study of Industrial Technology provides students with opportunities to engage in a diverse range of creative and practical experiences using a variety of technologies widely available in industrial and domestic settings. This includes study in the areas of Engineering, Metal, Multimedia and Timber.

Textile Technology

Textiles Technology acknowledges and embraces an understanding of cultural diversity by examining the ways in which different groups have used textiles as an expressive and functional medium.
A study of Textiles Technology provides students with broad knowledge of the properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, colouration, yarns and fibres are explored. Project Work that includes investigation and experimentation will enable students to discriminate in their choices of textiles for particular uses.

Information and Software Technology

This is a project based course that provides students with specialized knowledge of past, current and emerging technologies, data, hardware, software and people involved in the field of working with computers. The Year 9 course focuses on familiarising students with the various software applications installed on their laptops.

The topic Digital Media serves to introduces students to the current software applications on their laptops by allowing them to explore digital media products in a variety of contexts, for example, creating graphics such as logos and animations for Desktop Publishing and Web Page presentations.

Stage 6

Food Technology

Food Technology is a marriage of practical food preparation, food theory, food manufacture, nutrition, food availability and selection and food quality.

VET Hospitality

Hospitality has been taught at Cromer since 1996. Many of our graduating students have gone on to follow prize winning careers in the restaurant business. We proudly teach this subject to the highest of standards. Year 12 hospitality students design, prepare and present a 3 course high quality, top restaurant style meal for parents and teachers or prepare a Cocktail party as their final practical experience.