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Leaving Certificate

Construction Studies

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

Leaving Certificate Construction Studies provides students in the senior cycle of post-primary education with an introduction to the knowledge and skills involved in construction technology and construction materials and processes.

This subject has proven to be very popular with over 7,000 students taking the subject last year.

Why Study Construction Studies

This practical subject gives students hands-on experience working with tools and machinery. Students also undertake theoretical and background work for their final examinations which provides the students with useful skills for working in the sector. 

What kind of Student would Construction Studies suit

  • It is recommended that a student taking Leaving Certificate Construction Studies has a general interest in buildings and the built environment.
  • Each student should have an aptitude for, and an interest in design and practical work.
This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2019:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 7896 students who sat the Higher Level Construction Studies exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 1114 students who sat the Ordinary Level Construction Studies exam in 2019.

 

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Course Overview

Construction Studies introduces students to the knowledge and skills associated with construction technology and construction materials and practices.

This is achieved through both theoretical study and integrated practical projects which provide a basis for the thorough exploration of materials and processes.

Course Content

The course is essentially about the study of buildings and the built environment. The theoretical part of the course examines all parts of building from the planning stages to the completed building. The course is studied under the following main headings:

  • Planning and Design
  • Drawings and Documents
  • Site Preliminaries and Foundations
  • Walls, Partitions
  • Floors, Roofs
  • Fireplaces
  • Windows and Doors
  • Stairs
  • Plastering and Painting
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Services Drainage

Exam Structure

  • Construction Studies is assessed at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level
  • There is a written examination, a practical test, and an assessment of student project work.

The examination at both Higher and Ordinary level has three separate components:

Section A   Three hour written paper worth 300 marks. The exam consists of 10 questions out of which five have to be attempted. Question 1 is a compulsory drawing question of a building detail.

Section B   4-hour practical woodwork exam where the student makes a small item out of timber under exam conditions. The exam normally takes place in May. This accounts for 150 marks.

Section C   Building Project where the student makes a building detail, a scale model of a building or a craft piece. The student also produces a portfolio to accompany the project that they make. Ideally this project must be completed by Christmas. This accounts for 150 marks.

Career Possibilities

Studying this subject will be useful for anyone thinking of working/studying in the following areas: building management, carpentry, electrician, town planning, insurance claims, heating and ventilation and housing management.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Practical

These subjects are 'hands-on' and involve working with tools and machinery on physical things like wood, metals and plastic. They may involve designing, planning and building things.

Required for 3rd Level?

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Interviews

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Alan O'Neill, Fisherman
For my Leaving Cert, I took English, Irish, Maths, Physics, Engineering, Construction and Geography. Engineering proved useful as it introduced me to the different mechanisms needed to run basic engines.

This basic information helped me in my Skippers tickets. Geography was also useful for correct geographical terms and maths was essential for the Skippers ticket as it is very mathematically orientated - I would advise people to do Honours Maths, if possible.

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Brendan White, Fish Filleter
I took Metalwork, Construction and Business. These subjects taught me to be able to work with people. I know how important it is to be working with a good team of people who can work well with each other.

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Damien Mason, Mechanical Engineer

The subjects which I had control of choosing and which influenced my career path were:

Secondary School: Technical Graphics, Construction Studies, Engineering, Physics. These were an excellent base for my degree course in Mechanical Engineering in University.

University: Mechanical Engineering - choose fluids stream instead of solids stream half way through my degree course. In my current career, choosing the fluids stream has not had any significant bearing on my ability to perform my job.

If I had the choice in Secondary School, I would have chosen Spanish as a language to study. This allows a lot of extra opportunities to travel globally.

If I had the opportunity to change my choices in University, I would have done a years post grad in buisness studies and accounting after my degree in mechanical engineering. I belive this would have given me a competitive advantage in aspiring to a career in management.

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