Higher Certificate in Construction Economics (Online)

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 60
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2

Course Summary

Programme Code: SG_CCEOL_C06

Construction Economics is Level 6 Higher Certificate add-on course designed for those currently working in the construction industry who wish to develop their career. The course offers graduates a broad skills base for the management of construction projects with a strong emphasis on cost. The need for managing costs when setting up construction projects and the efficient control of labour, plant and materials throughout the project are vital in order for the successful completion within an agreed budget. Undertaking this course will ensure that graduates are prepared for the role of managing construction costs in a rapidly evolving industry. The course employs the latest technology and software used in the construction industry and IT Sligo works closely with contractors, sub-contractors and professional organisations to ensure that the syllabus reflects the current needs of the work place. This programme also provides a route into the Quantity Surveying profession leading to an accredited qualification.




About this Programme

The Higher Certificate in Construction Economics is offered via online distance learning over a period of two years on a part-time basis and consists of 12 five-credit modules delivered over 4 semesters – 3 modules per semester. Attendance at IT Sligo is not required as the programme will be delivered live via the internet on a weekly basis using web conferencing software and recordings are available for students who are unable to remotely attend live lectures. Live lectures will typically be delivered on Monday-Thursday evenings after 6pm. Students are not required to purchase any software for online learning and will be remotely inducted in IT Sligo’s online learning software at the start of the course. The recorded lectures, programme materials, innovative learning, web-links and assessments will be uploaded to a Moodle course management system. Students can access live/recorded lectures and material on this system from anywhere in the world provided they have an internet connection. Recorded lectures and material can be downloaded directly to any device to be viewed offline.

Online Classes/Examinations

Classes - students remotely attend live online classes, including software tutorials. Should a student miss a live class they can view the recording whenever it suits them. Software is available for the duration of the course via remote access to our on-campus PCs or students may choose to download free student licences directly to their home PC/laptop.

Exams - students who are outside the island of Ireland at the time of their exams have the choice to sit an exam remotely using IT Sligo’s online invigilator service (proctoring). Therefore, there is no requirement to travel to Ireland for examinations. Students who are in Ireland at the time of examinations may choose to travel to exam centres in Sligo, Dublin or Cork.

The programme will provide students with the following key skills:

  • Construction Technology
  • Measurement & Costing
  • Estimating Software
  • Programming Software
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Administration
  • Cost Planning & Control
  • Management Practice and Negotiation Skills
  • Communication, Report Writing and Presentation

Key Course Information

Application Closing Date : 24th September 2021

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a National Framework of Qualifications Level 5 or equivalent and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be able to use the experience and knowledge gained to obtain employment in a wide variety of areas such as Site Surveyors, Estimators, Site Clerks, Materials Managers, Sales Representatives and Quantity Surveying Technicians with Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Construction Specialists and Materials Suppliers.

Further Study

You may wish to continue your studies by enrolling on the following on-line programmes:

BSc in Quantity Surveying - This two-year, part-time, Level 7 programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) which provides graduates with an opportunity to achieve full chartered status.

Graduates also have the opportunity to progress to a degree in Construction Management.


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