The assessment at both higher and ordinary levels consists of three components: the coursework, the practical skills test and the written exam. Here's a breakdown:
Everything you need to study Leaving Cert Construction Studies
People who do well in construction studies are normally into working with their hands and maybe did something like tech graphics or woodwork for the Junior Cycle. Regardless of your interests or Junior Cycle background, Studyclix is here to help you achieve top grades in this subject.
This is a building project where the student makes a building detail, a scale model of a building or a craft piece. The student also produces a portfolio to accompany the project that they make. This accounts for 150 marks.
This is a 4-hour practical where you get to show off your woodworking skills. It’s just like an exam (no notes, no mobile phones, etc.) and it is worth 150 marks for both levels. Normally, this takes place about a month before the rest of the Leaving Cert exams start.
The written exam is a 2.5-hour exam at ordinary level and a 3-hour exam at higher level. The allocation of questions and marks varies between levels:
- at ordinary level, the written exam is 200 marks and students must attempt four questions out of nine. Students must attempt Question 1, a scaled drawing question and answer 3 more questions from the remaining 8.
- At higher level, the written exam is 300 marks and students must answer five questions out of ten. Similarly, Question 1 is compulsory and students must then answer four other questions from the remaining nine.
How to study construction studies
Practice past exam questions
One of the most effective ways to study construction studies is to practice past exam paper questions. The more questions you can do, the fewer surprises you'll have on the day of your exam.
This is why we have broken down all of the past exam paper questions into neat topics. This will save you loads of time searching for the right questions. You can find a list of question topics on the construction studies subject page.
Read our H1 guides
It's no secret that there is a lot of work involved in construction studies. This is why we asked expert teachers and examiners to write step-by-step guides on how to succeed in this subject to ensure you get the highest marks possible. Below, we've put the link to each guide in one place so you can find them all easily:
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