Construction Studies

Construction Studies

This is a two year senior cycle course. The subject can be started in either transition year or fifth form and continues to the Leaving certificate.

The subject aims to develop a good understanding of one’s built environment, architectural heritage, design of buildings and the role of the construction industry in society. The subject looks at environmental issues in relation to building and examines waste and energy conservation in construction.

It also seeks to develop practical hand and tool skills and awareness of the materials and processes in construction along with safety on site.


The Leaving Certificate examination is in three parts;

 (1) Theory paper sat in June of sixth year  and is awarded 50% of the marks.

(2)  woodwork practical exam awarded 25%

(3) practical and written project carried out over the entire sixth year. Awarded 25%



The woodwork covers the basic skills using both hand and power tools. Joints, assembly and finishing of timber is also covered and the pupils are required to make a given project within a certain time.


The practical project can cover working with concrete, block work, plastering, plumbing and can be relate to any aspect of construction. Model making is also part of the project. Planning, costing and designing of the project are as important as the practical level of skills.  


At transition year level the emphasis is on awareness of the build environment and architectural heritage. There are two projects related to investigating architectural building and conservation. Planning, site selection, designing and the environmental issues are examined, along with building materials. Health and safety on site and in the construction industry are also looked at in transition year. To be aware of the wider role of the construction industry and  history of architecture  a number of trips are arranged to  a variety of building of architectural or historical value.


Mr. Brian Redmond   B.Tech (Ed), HDipSGC, Dip ID.


Technical Graphics

Graphics provides the students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of spatial reasoning, the ability to develop graphic communication, to understand shape, form and aesthetics.

Technical Graphics is a Junior Certificate subject. Pupils start the subject in the second form and continue through to the Junior Certificate.

The subject aims to develop the students visualisation and graphical skills. The subject helps the development of spatial awareness and encourages the use of graphics to communicate. With so much information now shown in graphic format this subject is most useful in building the skills necessary to both understand and communicate graphically. The students are encouraged to be more observant of the objects and shapes around them and in their environment.  

The topics of the subject are in two parts. There is the plane geometry which looks at two dimensional shapes such as polygons, circles and tangents. Many of these  topics are  also linked with the students  mathematical course, in such areas, for example as transformation geometry. The subject also looks at solid geometry   which is three dimensional graphics and examines solid objects. This area includes such topics such as developments of solids  and orthographic projections.


Brian Redmond   B.Tech (Ed), HDipSGC, Dip ID.