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.

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.

This subject has proven to be very popular with over 8,000 students taking the subject last year.

Third Level Entry Requirements

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

Subject 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

The examination at higher and ordinary levels has three separate components.

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 and interest for design and practical work.
Woodwork and/or Technical Graphics would be desirable subjects to have taken at Junior Certificate though not compulsory.