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This page features information about the various TAS courses delivered in Years 11 & 12. We welcome your interest in studying one or more TAS courses and hope you find the information useful.

There are no pre-requisites for the study of any Stage 6 TAS course, which means you don't need experience from studying these courses in Stage 5.  However, you do need to possess an interest in the content of the course you are electing to study. As with all HSC courses you are expected to apply yourself with diligence and sustained effort to the activities of the course.

Please note: At the conclusion of the TAS course lists we have also included some links to websites which may be used as additional sources regarding overall subject choice and career planning.



Community and Family Studies (CAFS) is a very relevant course where everyone has something to offer to discussion simply by being you and living within the Byron Bay community.

It is difficult to best understand the nature of this course as it doesn't have an equivalent Stage 5 course. However, if you have enjoyed learning about the concepts of Personal Development and Health you are on the right track to enjoy CAFS.

As a brief overview, the Stage 6 course includes a study of:

  • The Individual (self concept, self esteem, goals)
  • The Individual and Groups (social interaction - what is it and why is it important?)
  • The Family (what is a family, parenting & caring and what role does the family unit undertake?)
  • The Community (support services, the role of work, the individual and their community)

This course does have similarities to the subject of Society and Culture but it is not the same.  Both courses have a discrete syllabus and a student may study one or both courses if they wish. Accurate information regarding the differences can be obtained from reviewing both Syllabus documents and consulting with the relevant Head Teachers of both subjects.

CAFS does not have an externally assessed major project. It does have an IRP which is a compulsory school based assessment task. More information can be found in the document below titled What is the IRP?

Some comments from past students...

'I really enjoyed the 2 years of CAFS. It's a really interesting and structured subject. You would really be lucky if you did this subject. It's a course that would be used later in life, it has aspects of parenting, work and different groups in society. You should really do it!!!


'CAFS allows you to gain knowledge about things that actually apply to you. It is interesting and you want to learn and do the work because its stuff that applies to you and you care about. You gain new perspectives and bond as a class.'


CAFS is like a BIG family. You become so much closer with the students in class and you also develop an amazing relationship with your teacher. You learn so much and the knowledge stays with you even after school. CAFS is amazing!

Hannah and Jess

BOS Course Description CAFS

Syllabus CAFS

What is the IRP? (docx 16 KB)

Career links CAFS (pdf 181 KB)



Interested in design and the work of designers? Are you an innovative thinker capable of problem solving?

Then Design and Technology is for you.


Coursework includes the study of design as a process, the work of designers, considerations of ethics, impact and sustainability in responsible design, and case studies of successful innovation. Students must participate in hands-on, practical applications to achieve the outcomes of the course. The Preliminary course will involve a minimum of two design projects which will develop skills in preparation for the HSC Major Design Project.

The unique nature of this course allows students to design with their medium of choice - timber, plastic, computers, metal, textiles, food - to meet the identified need or opportunity. However, student and teacher negotiation of a suitable project, access to resources and skill development is essential to successful management of any Design Project.

Design and Technology does have an externally assessed Major Design Project which contributes to 50 % of the HSC mark. The HSC exam is only 1 1/2 hours. The major design project involves students considering a need or opportunity and independently selecting and applying appropriate design, production and evaluation skills to a product, system or environment. The project is managed by the student throughout the HSC year under the guidance and support of their teacher. The design process is documented in a design folio.

This course does attract a subject contribution fee and the cost of materials for practical work is the responsibility of the student.

Byron Bay High School has a strong reputation in the delivery of Senior Design and Technology, with conscientious students being well equipped to gain outstanding results and student work being nominated for the prestigious DesignTECH exhibition.


BOS Course Description D&T

Syllabus D&T

FAQ - D&T Major Project

Career Links D&T (pdf 182 KB)



Do you have an interest in food and its properties?

Be warned though this is not simply an opportunity to 'cook and eat'. 

Please choose Food Technology if you have an interest in all aspects of food, including but not limited to:

  • Nutrition
  • Food Science
  • Food Production and Processing
  • Marketing
  • Food Product Development
  • The Australian Food Industry

This theoretical course does have practical applications where students have the opportunity to develop food preparation skills within the classroom setting when relevant to concepts of the course. For this reason the course does attract a subject contribution fee to cover the cost of consumables. On average, 6-8 practical food experimentation or recipe preparation experiences are scheduled for each term. Practical work contributes to internal school-based assessment but a 3 hour HSC exam is the external assessment for this course. All components of the course must be successfully completed to best prepare the Food Technology student for HSC success. Food Technology does not have an externally assessed Major Project.

This is a very interesting yet demanding course which could well equip students with skills related to career opportunities. It is equally as relevant in developing real skills for students to be healthy, independent and responsible citizens.


BOS Course Description FT

Syllabus Food Tech

Career Links FT (pdf 145 KB)



Interested in the systems associated with Technology?

Keeping up with the ever-changing world of Technology?


This course is best summed up by the rationale of the Information Processes and Technology Syllabus:

This course teaches students about information-based systems. It covers the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving, and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them. With this background, students will be well placed to adapt to new technologies as they emerge.

Through this course, students will gain a good working knowledge of:

• the key concepts of data, information and systems

• the interactive nature of effective information-based systems

• available and emerging information technologies

• the social and ethical issues associated with the use of information technology and information systems, such as equity and access, privacy, freedom of information and copyright

• the communication, personal and team skills necessary to ensure that an information systems solution is appropriate for the needs of the users

• related issues such as project management, documentation and user interfaces.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• select the most appropriate technology for a given situation

• design and implement an information-based system using a creative and methodical approach.

This course complements another Stage 6 course, Software Design and Development, which focuses on the design and development of software solutions.

Students who successfully complete Information Processes and Technology will be confident, competent and discriminating users of information processes and information technology. They will appreciate the nature of information, its ethical use and its impact on many aspects of life. As such, they will be well prepared to pursue further education and employment across an especially wide range of contexts.


BOS Course Description IPT

Syllabus IPT

Career Links Computing (pdf 178 KB)



Interested in creating your own computer programs or understand how the end-result of software comes about?


This course is best summed up by the rationale of the Software Design Development Syllabus:   

For the purposes of the Software Design and Development Stage 6 Syllabus, software design and

development refers to the creativity, knowledge, values and communication skills required to

develop computer programs. The subject provides students with a systematic approach to problem solving,

an opportunity to be creative, excellent career prospects and interesting content.


While a variety of computer applications are used in this subject, they are not the primary focus.

The focus of this subject is the development of computer-based solutions that require the design of

computer software.


This course complements another Stage 6 course, Information Processes and Technology, which focuses on the information-based systems.


BOS Course Description SDD

Syllabus SDD

See Career Links Computing under Information Processes and Technology for both Computing courses.



This course focuses on creativity and learning relating to the use of textiles - fibres, yarn and fabric. It is a combination of theoretical knowledge and the practical application of textile manufacturing skills. Two practical projects completed by the student during the Preliminary course will develop skills in readiness for The Major Textiles Project which is a mandatory component of the HSC course.

Textiles and Design does have an externally assessed Major Project. This is a textile project of choice, completed individually and contributing toward 50% of the student's HSC result in Textiles. The Major Textiles Project consists of a textile item/s and supporting documentation. Students manage the conception of ideas from design inspiration through to realisation under the guidance and support of their teacher.  More information regarding the Major Textiles Project can be found in the link below titled What is the MTP?


You may choose to study this course due to an interest in the Textile or Fashion Industry as a career opportunity or through personal interest and as an outlet for expression and creativity through textiles. Byron Bay High School has a strong reputation in the delivery of Senior Textiles and Design, with conscientious students being well equipped to gain Band 6 results and student work being nominated for display in the prestigious TEXstyle exhibition in 2012.


This course does attract a subject contribution fee and the cost of materials for practical work is the responsibility of the student.


BOS Course Description TEX

Syllabus Textiles

What is the MTP? (docx 17 KB)

Career Links Textiles (pdf 152 KB)



Interested in a career in the Hospitality Industry?

The successful study of VET Hospitality could potentially contribute toward your HSC, ATAR and an industry recognised credential of a Certificate II in Hospitality - Food and Beverage stream.

A VET course stands for 'Vocational Education and Training'. Put simply, the content of this course relates to the industry of Hospitality and is taught and assessed to industry standard. It is best suited for students with an interest in or intention of working in the Hospitality industry. The delivery of the course is based upon competencies and the continual assessment of whether they are 'Achieved' or 'Not Achieved'. This course is competency based and predominantly practical in nature but still has related theory work.

The HSC exam is optional for this course. However, students must gain advice from both their teacher and the careers advisor before opting out of the exam as it may have detrimental impact upon their HSC Pattern of Study. The HSC exam MUST be completed for Hospitality to contribute toward an ATAR. Hospitality is a Category B subject.

This course does attract a subject contribution to cover the cost of consumables used throughout the course. Students are also responsible for purchasing a Hospitality uniform (approx. $50) which is to be worn for all practical lessons and during Workplacement. Workplacement is a mandatory requirement of this course and involves students working in industry for a total of 70 hours (2 x 35hr placements) over the duration of the course. 

The most important qualities of a Hospitality student are a willingness to learn, ability to work independently and being capable of taking on responsibility. The delivery of this course aims to simulate the workplace environment so a mature, appropriate attitude is required. This course can be extremely beneficial and a 'head start' to students interested in employment in the Hospitality industry.

NOTE: The Hospitality Curriculum Framework (Syllabus) is currently being updated for implementation in 2014. When it becomes available from the Board of Studies it will be linked here to this page. Please refer to the Course Description printed in the Byron Bay High School Handbook for Senior Students.

More information regarding the nature of VET courses can be found by accessing the VET in Schools link below.

Career Links Hospitality (pdf 194 KB)

VET in Schools




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