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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1940
QQI Award Code 5M1940 Computer Aided Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Learners will gain an understanding of the design process in the building environment. They will gain the knowledge, skills and competence in the use of CAD and be familiar with the latest computer hardware and software within the industry.

What will you Study?

Learners in this course will gain an understanding of the design process in the building environment, learning the skills and competencies required for the use of CAD. CAD technology is used to create graphics and make calculations needed in the production of drawings, three-dimensional simulations, models and other design work.

Design Skills
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Architecture Drawing
Building Construction 5N1570
Mathematics
Photography
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ACADX 5M1940

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Building, Construction & Property
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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