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Wood Technology

Junior Cycle Wood Technology 

Wood Technology is a subject that will allow students to explore and learn about a key natural resource that nature has provided. Trees and wooden material have a unique relationship with nature and humankind. The sustainable use and management of this natural resource is important as the world faces the challenges of the 21st century. From habitats to construction or recreation to oxygen creation this resource can play a significant role in wellbeing of our planet. To this end it is important that students be given the opportunity to become knowledgeable about this resource, exploring its heritage and potential as a material for the future.


In Wood Technology, students will explore the natural and made world through the medium of design, seeking out opportunities to creatively and innovatively apply the material/resource in making and shaping their environment. Wood as a material resource has seen much innovation and change. Technological advances have created significant opportunities to expand the use of wood as a resource for a broad range of applications. However, the uniqueness of this material and craft is that many of the traditional applications and processes are still of value, transcending the test of time.

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Senior Cycle Construction Studies


Construction Studies introduces students to the knowledge and skills associated with construction technology and construction materials and practices. This is achieved through theoretical study and integrated practical projects which provide a basis for the thorough exploration of materials and processes. Construction Studies is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of a terminal examination paper (50%), a practical test (25%) and a student project (25%). Construction Studies is an excellent subject that is directly applicable to everyday living. However, if you decide to study Construction Studies, be prepared to work hard and meet deadlines just like you would on any construction project.

Subject Content

Construction Theory and Drawing

  •  General principles
    •    Substructure
    •    Superstructure
    •    Internal construction
    •    Services and external works
    •    Heat and thermal effects in buildings
    •    Illumination in buildings
    •    Sound in buildings

Practical Skills

  •  Tools
    •    Processes

Course Work and Projects

•    Workshop/laboratory experiments
•    Student projects

Future Career


  • Civil Engineer

  • Architect

  • Construction Manager

  • Quantity Surveyor

  • Health & Safety Officer

  • Carpenter

  • Plumber

  • Electrician

  • Builder

  • Grounds Worker

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