Construction (Common Entry) (BSc Level 7)
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3 Years (6 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.
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At present, there is no direct work placement period in the course, however, students are encouraged to work in relevant industry during their summer vacations
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Construction Studies, and Design and Communication Graphics.
For the first two years of the programme students follow a common curriculum. Students who successfully complete Year 1 and Year 2 may choose either the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management or the Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying in Year 3. In addition to lectures, time is also given to practical work in surveying, drawing, project work and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
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CR052 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus
What is Construction?
Construction is a process of the built environment which involves many areas of employment. For modern, complex buildings it involves the commissioning, management, design, and assembly of huge amounts of raw materials and the use of considerable labour resources.
What is Construction Management?
Construction Management deals with the organisation and management of a construction project. The Construction Manager monitors the progress and quality of the work on site, supervising and co-ordinating subcontractors and specialist suppliers. A number of different terms are used to describe the construction management role – these include project manager, contracts manager and building manager. The Construction Manager has overall control of the progression of the project and is responsible for ensuring that the required personnel, materials and equipment are available in the correct sequence and at the appropriate time. She/he must also ensure that all health and safety regulations are met.
What is Quantity Surveying?
Quantity Surveying is concerned with the planning, procurement, implementation and operation of construction projects, from inception to completion. Quantity Surveying aims to provide value for money through the efficient cost management of the construction process. The objective of Quantity Surveying is to control cost, limit risk and add value to a project.
The Quantity Surveyor chooses the most appropriate procurement method, prepares the tendering documents, advises on the selection of contractors, checks the progress of the work on site and calculates payments due to contractors. The Quantity Surveyor thus ensures that the design and construction of the project delivers value for the client.
About Construction Management/Quantity Surveying
The Construction Manager monitors the progress and quality of the work on site, supervising and coordinating subcontractors and specialist suppliers. The objective of Quantity Surveying is to control cost, limit risk, and add value to a project.
About the Course
For the first two years of the programme students follow a common curriculum. Students who successfully complete Year 1 and Year 2 may choose either the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management or the Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying in Year 3.
In addition to lectures, time is also given to practical work in surveying, drawing, project work and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
This course qualifies for exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Building.
Suitably qualified graduates may apply for admission to Year 4 of
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management or
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying.
What is the advantage of studying the Common Entry?
The student has the flexibility of the common two years of the course before having to decide on which specialist option they want to graduate in.
What level of drawing is required for this course?
Drawing is a useful skill but not essential, it helps students understand the technology that they will ultimately be managing or measuring.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Yes. Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Construction.
A previous Lord Pilkington Prize Gold Medallist, Gerry is currently working as a project manager for MACE Limited, a major Construction Management Company in the UK. “The course is very focused, ensuring that up to date methods are to the fore.”
Gerry aims to rise to the top of his profession and having already achieved first in the world for his Construction Management Project, his future seems assured.
Chartered Quantity Surveyor
“I am currently employed as a Senior Surveyor. Projects with which I have been involved to date include housing and apartment developments, hotels, an art gallery and a health centre. My role on these projects extends from preparing budgets, bills of quantities, interim valuations, project cost control and cost reviews to the preparation and agreement of final accounts.
What I enjoy most about my job is the range and variety of projects."
The principal areas of employment are as surveyors or as construction managers with contracting organisations, government departments, semi-state bodies, and private practice companies.
Potential Areas of Employment
• Site Management
• Quantity Surveying/Estimating
• Project Planning and Management
• Working with Developers, Designers and Contracting Organisations
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Entry 2019: 232
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