• Code:DH 
  • Certification BTEC Higher National Certificate in  Construction in the Build Environment  (Construction) Level 6+ equivalence on  the NFQ (603/04650/0)
  • Duration One Year


Architectural Technologists work with Architects and Engineers to produce detailed building construction information. This one-year Higher National Certificate will cover construction fundamentals including Design, Materials, CAD, Surveying and Construction Technology. Studio work will be based on realistic construction projects from inception to completion. Using the latest software, the projects will be fully visualised. The learner will be expected to attend study trips to various buildings of interest.

Programme of Study

  • Construction Technology
  • Science & Materials
  • Construction Practice & Management
  • Legal & Statutory Responsibilities in  Construction
  • Drawing, Detailing Specification
  • Surveying, Measuring & Setting Out
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Principles of Alternative Energy

Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following: 

  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered 
  • QQI Level 5 award in a related discipline 
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualification.

Places are offered following a successful interview. Learners should be computer literate. Applicants must bring a portfolio/ collection of work to the interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Construction Management
  • Architectural Technology
  • Building Conservation & Restoration
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include

Carlow IT:

  • BSc Architectural Technology (Year 2) - CW407
  • BSc Hons Architectural Technology (Year 2) - CW468
  • BSc in Building Construction and Services Management (Year 2) - CW417 

Waterford IT:

  • BSc in Architectural Technology & Building Information (BIM) (Year 2) - WD144
  • BSc Hons Architecture (Year 2) - WD144 

TU Dublin:

  • Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Year 2) (TA203)
  • BEng in Mechanical Engineering (Year 2) (TA203)
  • BEng in Energy & Environmental Engineering (Year 2) (TA215)
Course Co-Ordinator

Banbha Mc Cann

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