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Building Construction (Pre-Apprenticeship)

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Kerry College of Further Education

Kerry College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5010
QQI Award Code 5M5011 Tourism with Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The course provides for students who wish to develop pre-apprenticeship skills, pursue employment or advance to further education. It aims to familiarise students with the work environment of the building industry and to prepare them for the whole world of work. The Safe Pass legal requirement for the building industry will form an optional part of the course. The course is linked to third level institutes for students who wish to pursue higher education.

What will you Study?

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Architectural Drawing 5N1558

Building Construction 5N1570

Wood Fabrication 5N1999

Computer Aided Draughting 2D 5N1604
Computer Aided Draughting 2D 5N1604
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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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DTXXX 5M5011

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Landscape Architect / Designer   Architect  
Architect - Conservation   Draughtsperson  
Cabinet Maker   French Polisher  
Metal Fabricator   Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Traffic Engineer  
Engineer   Structural Engineer  
Acoustic Consultant   Building Labourer / Construction Worker  
Stonemason   Insulation Workers  
Site Engineer   Facilities Manager  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Building Technician  
Welder   Radiographer - Industrial   
Steeplejack   Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers  
Industrial Insulator   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Gas Fitter   Gas Distribution Worker  
Industrial Abseiler   Engineering Production Manager  
Geomatics Surveyor    Electrician  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Construction Plant Fitter   Concrete Finisher  
Civil / Construction Engineer   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Carpenter / Joiner   Construction / Building   
Building Services Engineer   Bricklayer  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Tiler / Tile Fitter  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Scaffolder  
Plumber   Site Technician  
Plasterer   Surveyor  
Painter / Decorator   Insurance Surveyor  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Geological Technician   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Environmental Engineer   Environmental Officer  

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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