This course is about buildings and "the build environment". In other words, everything from houses, to bridges, to windmills. You learn everything from planning through to the finished product.
People who do well in Construction Studies are normally into working with their hands and maybe did something like Tech Graphics or Woodwork for the Junior Cert.
Construction Studies Course Content
Planning and Design
Drawings and Documents
Site Preliminaries and Foundations
Windows and Doors
Plastering and Painting
Plumbing and Heating
Section A is worth 300 marks. You need to try question 1 and any other 4 of the 10 questions. Question 1 is always on drawing building detail.
A 4 hour practical where you get to show off your woodworking skills. It’s just like an exam (no notes, no mobile phones) and it is worth 150 marks. Normally this is about a month before the rest of the Leaving Cert exams start.
A 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.
Future Careers with Leaving Certificate Construction
Construction is not a requirement of any third level course. Possible careers include; Builder, Plumber, Architect, Engineer, Roofer, Planner.
Download the leaving cert Construction Studies Syllabus
Download the leaving cert Construction Studies Chief examiner's report (2013)