Construction Studies

Construction Studies introduces students to the knowledge and skills associated with construction technology and construction materials and practices. This is achieved through theoretical study and integrated practical projects which provide a basis for the thorough exploration of materials and processes. Construction Studies is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of a terminal examination paper (50%), a practical test (25%) and a student project (25%). Construction studies  is an excellent subject that is directly applicable to everyday living. However, if you decide to study Construction Studies, be prepared to work hard and meet deadlines just like you would on any construction project.

Course Content

Construction Theory and Drawing

  •  General principles
    •    Substructure
    •    Superstructure
    •    Internal construction
    •    Services and external works
    •    Heat and thermal effects in buildings
    •    Illumination in buildings
    •    Sound in buildings

 Practical Skills

  •  Tools

  •   Processes

 Coursework and Projects

•    Workshop/laboratory experiments
•    Student projects

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A Showcase of some students' work
Some examples of some Leaving Certificate Projects.
Who would this subject suit at Leaving Certificate?

The subject is suited to students who are willing to work hard, revise material covered regularly and it caters for all abilities.

Students who are self-motivate to work independently to create their portfolio to the highest possible standard.

It is not necessary to write long essays - answers are presented in bullet points in general.

Ideally, students would have an interest in the design/construction industry and enjoy being hands on in a practical work environment.

Note:

Students need to have studied Materials Technology Wood at Junior cycle level to consider taking this subject (exceptions may be made but student need to talk with subject teacher first).

Type of Homework/Projects/Assignments

Construction Studies is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of a terminal examination paper (50%), a practical test (25%) and a student project (25%). 

Resources

Construction course supplemented by the use of ICT. The following websites have proven very useful in our exploration of the Leaving Cert Construction course:

 www.technoteachers.ie

www.onshape.com 

www.examinations.ie 

www.studyskills.com 

www.ncca.com