BSc in Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 208*
  • Course Code SG332
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

Course Description

This course has been designed in partnership with industry to meet the needs of the ‘Green Economy’, which reports have projected to be a major area of employment within the Irish economy. This broad-based level 7 Degree programme emphasises the principles of construction and has a strong bias towards sustainable construction practices. It will equip you with practical Carpentry and Joinery skills and an in-depth knowledge of sustainable building technologies and materials, including the retrofitting / refurbishment of existing dwellings to achieve a low carbon design and the construction of new low-energy buildings. The course is delivered through lectures and practicals.

Throughout this programme you will study a wide range of content which includes:

• Practical Carpentry and Joinery
• Sustainable Construction Technology
• Graphical Communication & Design
• Computer Aided Design (2D and 3D)
• Measurement and Costing
• Health & Safety for the Built Environment
• Computer Applications with Communications

Available Grants

Apprentices entering this programme in September 2013 who have been on the live register for nine months prior to the start of the programme may qualify for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) from the Department of Social Protection. Periods spent on apprentice training programmes are included in this nine month period. You are advised to contact your local social welfare office to confirm your entitlement.
Should you not qualify for the BTEA, you may apply to your VEC for a Third Level Training Grant, as an alternative to the BTEA. In either case, you should also apply to your VEC for the payment of the Student Contribution to IT Sligo. You are advised to contact your VEC to confirm your entitlement in this instance also.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

Students should apply through the CAO for entry into Year 1 of the programme.

Entry into Year 2 of the programme: Non Standard Applicants

If you are under 23 years, you must have a Leaving Certificate which includes Mathematics and English or equivalent, e.g., National Craft Certificate (Phase 2, 4 & 6) for entry to an ordinary Level 7 Degree programme. If over 23 years since 1st January, you are also applying as a mature applicant and you will be assessed by interview on the relevance and duration of your experience, and your motivation.

If you do not meet the entry requirements of a programme BUT do have substantial relevant practical experience, then it may be possible to seek admission to the programme through IT Sligo’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Qualified carpenters are eligible for entry to year 2 and should complete the below Transfer Application Form and return by post.

Transfer Application Form

Career Opportunities

The broad nature of the programme will allow graduates to assume positions of appropriate responsibility in a cross section of specialised domains within the built environment, while also allowing them to specialise in an area of choice in further education at level 8 (Hons).

Graduates of this programme are prepared for employment with building contracting organisations, architects, quantity surveyors and local authorities in areas such as retrofitting existing building stock, BER certification, preparation of working drawings and specifications, surveying and site setting out, building surveying, defect analysis and construction planning

To date the majority of graduates from this programme continue on to complete an Honours Degree and now work as Building Contractors, Construction Project Managers, Site supervisors, Fire Safety Engineers, Site Managers and Architectural Technicians.


Further Study

Graduates may progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management her at IT Sligo.

BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

On completion of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology, graduates may progress to the Level 9 MSc in Project Management.

MSc in Project Management

Did you know?

This programme has an exit award after two years of a Higher Certificate at Level 6.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the largest construction body of its type.

IT Sligo ensure they stay ahead of the latest advancements in construction by regular contact with industry experts.

This programme has a big emphasis on practical work. As well as getting hands-on experience, students also use the latest design software to construct real life projects in our purpose built, highly equipped workshops.

Students will also go on a work placement in Year 3. This is a great opportunity to put all the skills they have developed into a real world work experience.