QQI Level 5 – Sustainability & the Built Environment (Construction Technology) 5M5010
1 year Full-time


Join our Sustainability & the Built Environment programme and explore the core principles of sustainability in construction. Learn about the detrimental environmental impact of traditional building and the rationale for a more sustainable approach as a response to climate change. Become familiar with environmentally responsible and resource-efficient processes throughout a building’s lifecycle – conception, design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Our programme includes a range of elective and core modules such as landscape construction and maintenance, sustainable water management, building construction, renewable energy systems, and environmental studies. You’ll also gain valuable design skills and work experience through architectural drawing and two weeks’ work experience placement.

This course facilitates the learner in acquiring the knowledge, skill, and competence required to work independently and under supervision in a range of construction industry contexts, or to progress to further and/or higher education and training.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Cert or its equivalent is advised.
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.

Programme of Study

Core Modules

  • Building Construction
  • Thermal Insulation Installation
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computer Aided Draughting
  • Environmental Studies
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence required to work independently and under supervision in a range of construction industry contexts and or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

Work Placement

There is two weeks’ work experience placement included in this course.

Career Opportunities

After completing the programme, you’ll have gained a useful skill set that could lead to employment in a variety of vocational positions. You could work as a building services engineer, construction project manager, environmental analyst, energy efficiency expert, or sustainable building specialist, among others. With the growing focus on sustainable building practices and climate change, there is a high demand for professionals in this field. You could also progress to higher education institutions, such as TU Dublin’s Building Engineering, Engineering (General Entry), Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics, and Architectural Technology degree courses, or Level 6 QQI awards.


TU703 Building Engineering TUD
TU709 Engineering (General Entry) TUD
TU837 Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics TUD
TU831 Architectural Technology TUD

Graduates can also avail of alternative progression to Level 6 QQI awards