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.

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

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.

 Section A

Three hour written paper worth 300 marks. The exam consists of 10 questions out of which five
have to be attempted. Question 1 is a compulsory drawing question of a building detail.

 Section B

4 hour practical woodwork exam where the student makes a small item out of timber under
exam conditions. The exam normally takes place in May. This accounts for 150 marks.

 Section C

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.

The practical project designed and processed by the student over the full two years is worth 25% of the final grade. The one-day practical examination takes place in May of sixth year is worth 25%. This exam provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their practical skills and put theory into practice. The terminal exam in June of Sixth year is worth 50% of the final grade. An understanding of the various forces that affect a building links well with a variety of other subjects such as maths and physics. Knowledge of building styles and buildings of the past will greatly help a student appreciate the merits of modern construction.

Third Level Entry Requirements

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

Useful for:  Architecture, Auctioneering, Building and Construction Career, Construction Teacher, Carpenter, Civil and Structural Engineer and Technician, Draught Person, Fire-fighter, Heating and Ventilation Technician, Housing Management, Plasterer, Quantity Surveyor, Site Clerk, Town Planning.

Final Comments

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.