Stage 6 Content (Yr. 11 & 12)

Information and Digital Technology

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is a complex and comprehensive industry. It is an important contributor to business activities in all industries. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) studies estimate that 50 per cent of all Australian business productivity can be attributed to the application of information and communication technologies.

The ICT industry incorporates a range of different businesses and industry sectors including ICT service providers, purchasers and users of ICT goods and services, technical support providers, multimedia and web development specialists, desktop publishers, graphic designers, programmers and help desk operators.

Workforce development needs in the ICT industry are driven by factors including the business cycle, new technologies and applications and the Australian Government's digital economy strategy. A skilled future workforce is needed to address challenges including maximising National Broadband Network (NBN) capability, managing risks associated with network and information security, addressing the wide divergence of skills needed to meet workplace requirements and adopting sustainable ICT practices.

The course structure at JJ Cahill Memorial High follows a Training and Assessment Strategy mandated by the regional Registered Training Organisation. This takes the form of severalAssessment clusters as detailed below.


Learning in each HSC course within the Construction Curriculum Framework provides opportunities for students to develop relevant technical, vocational and interpersonal competencies suitable for employment and further training in the construction industry. It also provides for the development of employability skills such as communication and teamwork which are transferable to other industry areas and are a key feature of each qualification available through the Framework.

With an employment base of more than 895,000 people, the construction industry is a significant employer of full-time (approximately 85%) and part-time (approximately 15%) employees. In the past ten years, the size of enterprises has reduced, but the number of enterprises has doubled. The construction industry has a low representation of women in the industry and female recruitment and skilling is a strategy being implemented to address labour needs in the construction industry.

A diverse range of occupations exists across the construction industry, such as carpenters, joiners, roof tilers, plasterers, bricklayers, painters and decorators, floor finishers and plumbers.

The industry is adapting to new technology, building systems, products and practices.

This highlights the need to develop new skills sets. The industry is currently experiencing a range of skills shortages both in the trades and professional sectors.

The course structure at JJ Cahill Memorial High follows a Training and Assessment Strategy mandated by the regional Registered Training Organisation. This takes the form of severalAssessment clusters as detailed below.


With an employment base of more than 1.3 million people, the hospitality and associated industries are preparing for an additional 325,000 new jobs across all sectors. Dominated by a mix of interdependent small to medium businesses, the industry employs a large number of young people, many in part-time as well as full-time positions and with a growing trend of casualisation of the workforce.

A diverse range of occupations exists across the hospitality industry, such as customer service and sales, commercial cookery and catering, food and beverage service, accommodation service, product development and marketing and promotion.

The hospitality industry is an important part of the Australian economy, contributing significantly to the gross domestic product (GDP).

Identified as an industry area with significant skills shortages, the hospitality industry has an ongoing commitment to training in not only the technical areas but those also related to customer service and employability (such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork). Employers value multiskilled workers whose skills can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual business.

The course structure at JJ Cahill Memorial High follows a Training and Assessment Strategy mandated by the regional Registered Training Organisation. This takes the form of severalAssessment clusters as detailed below.

Engineering Studies

In the 21st century, engineering will continue to be directed towards developing insight and understanding to the provision of infrastructure, goods and services needed for industry and the community.

The role of engineers includes formulating problems, providing solutions and integrating technical understanding. Professional engineering work is concerned with cost-effective, timely, reliable, safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable outcomes as well as maintaining a consciousness of ideals associated with social and ethical responsibilities and service.

This course 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.

Students undertaking Engineering Studies Stage 6 will have the opportunity to follow a number of pathways. These include tertiary study, vocational education and training, and the world of work. For those following a pathway of further study, the insight and experience associated with a study of engineering will be beneficial in their presumed knowledge of the area of study. Students entering into the world of work will benefit from understanding what engineers do, as the work of engineers affects us all.

During the two year course students will be expected to complete a variety of assessments tasks including Module Examinations, Engineering reports and Yearly Examinations. There will be a limited amount of practical work including, material investigation, material testing, applied engineering and model making.

Design and Technology (HSC)

A course that investigates all the elements and factors to design and build a product. A study of design must be completed with a case study on a product must be investigated. Workshop time is allocated and the preparation of a portfolio is done on technology to record and present the fruition of your unique design. It also helps to develop in students a knowledge and understanding ofmaterials and processes. Related knowledge and skills are developed through a specialisedapproach to the tools, materials and techniques employed in the planning, development,construction and evaluation of quality practical projects and processes. Critical thinking skillsare developed through engagement with creative practical problem-solving activities.

Industrial Technology – Timber Products and Furniture Technologies

Timber Products and Furniture Technologies is designed to develop in students a knowledge and understanding of the industry and its related technologies with an emphasis on design, management and production through practical applications.

Industrial Technology has been developed to incorporate content related to current and developing technologies. It offers students the opportunity to study the interrelationships of technologies, equipment and materials used by industry and to develop skills through the processes of design, planning and production.

Industrial Technology Stage 6 has a Preliminary course and an HSC course.

The Preliminary course of 120 indicative hours consists of project work and an industry study that provide a broad range of skills and knowledge related to the focus area chosen and an introduction to industrial processes and practices.

The HSC course of 120 indicative hours consists of the development of a major project, folio and an industry study.

Food Technology

Year 12 Food Technology is currently studying Core Strand: Food Manufacture. The strand covers the following areas;

Production, processing and preservation

  • Students are learning the processes that transform raw materials into manufacture food products.
    1. Compare the processing techniques, equipment, storage and distribution systems used in industry with those used domestically
    2. Identify critical control points and describe quality control procedures in food production systems
    3. Identify food safety hazards and risks
    4. prepare food using the principles of food preservation to ensure a safe product

Packaging ,storage and distribution

  • Investigate through experimentation the suitability of packaging materials for different food products

Impact of food manufacturing technologies

  • Analyse the impact of food manufacturing technologies on individuals, groups and society



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