It is the study of the construction of buildings and why they are made the way they are. The main focus of the course is on the domestic house but it also ranges from the construction of sports arena to skyscrapers.
It is a practical course in which the student is given the opportunity to achieve 50% (25% project/portfolio & 25% practical exam) of their Leaving Certificate exam result during their Leaving Certificate year in a project and a practical exam.
The other 50% is assessed in a written exam (20% drawing & 30% theory) during the normal Leaving Certificate exams.
In class a student studies: How sound, light and heat affect the design of buildings. How to install electricity and plumb your home. How to build an extension. Calculate a U-value. How to buy your own house. How to get planning permission. How to survey a piece of land for construction. How to convert your attic.