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Civil & Environmental Engineering - Higher Certificate

Course Code: LC250




2 Years


Built Environment

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



This programme provides a broad base of core modules applicable to the design and/ or construction of civil engineering projects, bearing in mind the environmental aspects involved. The programme enables a thorough understanding of the scientific, technological and economic principles of Civil & Environmental Engineering, with particular reference to environmental issues, site practice, design office practice, quality, safety and value for money.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish). 

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits. 

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements. 

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Communications, Research and Legal Studies

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an introduction to civil engineering and construction industry, its stakeholders and how they interact and communicate. The learners understanding of the Irish legal system, Health and Safety Legislation and Contract Law and Risk as it applies to Civil Engineering is developed. An academic foundation in research, Information literacy and writing is provide

    Title: Construction Technology & Environmental Services

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop the students knowledge and application of contemporary domestic construction practice, techniques and processes and to devlop the learners knowledge and application of commercial and domestic building services.

    Title: Engineering Mechanics & Graphics

    Credits: 10

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    To provide the student with basic competence in Structural Mechanics appropriate to Year 1.

    To develop the students ability to produce and understand construction/civil engineering drawing.

    Title: Land Surveying

    Credits: 10

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    This module establishes the essential principles of site surveying and setting out construction works.

    Title: Materials

    Credits: 10

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    • To provide the students with a knowledge of the major construction materials.
    • To develop the student's ability to source and process information.

    Title: Mathematics and I.T

    Credits: 10

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    This module introduces and consolidates basic mathematical principles such as Trigonometry, Algerbra and Calculus and promotes learner awareness of mathematical concepts.

  • Year 2

    Title: Administration & Construction Management

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to prepare the learner for a cooperative role within the contract management / Estimating / Purchasing department of a contemporary civil engineering construction organisation as a trainee Estimator. The same skills are transferrable to the cost planning/procurement role within a traditional civil engineering practice. Theory is explained, lists provided, motivation and encouragement. There is also a practical element that makes the learner relevant and useful on their first day in the role.

    Title: Civil Engineering Construction & Public Health

    Credits: 10

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    To develop the student's knowledge of civil engineering and building construction, to develop concepts and formulae relating to fluid mechanics and to introduce basic water and wastewater treatment methods, watermains and foul sewers.

    Title: Civil Engineering Surveying

    Credits: 10

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    This module builds on the principles of site surveying established in the prerequisite Module to give a comprehensive understanding of site surveying and setting out.

    Title: Mathematics & Construction I.T.

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop students mathematical and analytical abilities such that he/she will be able to competently evaluate and solve mathematical problems in a civil engineering environment.

    The Information Technology element of this module aims to enable the learner to gain competency in use of relevant software and IT systems that are currently integrated into the construction industry. 

    Title: Soils and concrete

    Credits: 10

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    To provide the students with a knowledge of concrete and soils as major civil engineering materials.

    To develope the student's ability to source and process information.

    Title: Structural Engineering Design & Detailing

    Credits: 10

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    To develop the students knowledge, intellectual skills and competence in the analysis, design and detailing of simple structural elements.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to progress on to level 7 and level 8 programmes in the Built Environment department.


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