Construction Studies

What is Construction Studies?

Construction Studies is the follow on subject to Junior Certificate Materials Technology Wood (woodwork)

What will I learn in Construction Studies?

Some of the things you will learn include:

• knowledge and skills involved in construction technology, construction materials and construction    practices, is learned through theoretical study and integrated practical projects.

​​how to produce drawings using drawing equipment and freehand sketches​​

• how to read and interpret drawings and diagrams
• creative problem solving
• ​​​design capabilities through the designing of a project. 

​Will Construction Studies have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes, Construction Studies will be very helpful in the study of Design and Communication Graphics (DCG), as each of these subjects requires you to make drawings of the pieces you will be making/modelling. The problem solving and geometry you will learn is useful in all subjects you take.  There are also similarities between subjects such as Physics, Maths and Geography.

Course Structure/Assessment:

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 final project (25%).  The examination paper is a test on all of the coursework studied over the two year Leaving Cert cycle.  The practical exam is a four hour bench test, where the student is tested on his understanding of reading plans and his use of the hand tools.  The final project is a practical project the student will make in his final year, representing a part of the course he has studied.   A revised syllabus, with the title Architectural Technology, has been prepared, but funding hasn't currently made available to proceed with implementation.

How will be useful to me?

Construction Studies  helps you to think in a more logical and creative way.You will be able to communicate information using diagrams and sketches.You will have learned how to present information in a neat and organised fashion.This subject will be of use to you if you want to progress into career areas such as architecture, all engineering codes, trades people and quantity surveying. This subject will develop your problem solving skills through the completion of the student assignment.​​

* Source NCCA website.



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