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Higher Certificate in Construction Economics – ATU Sligo


This is a 2 years Construction Economics programme at Level 6 Higher Certificate add-on course designed for those currently working in the construction industry who wish to develop their career. The course offers graduates a broad skills base for the management of construction projects with a strong emphasis on cost. The need for managing costs when setting up construction projects and the efficient control of labour, plant and materials throughout the project are vital in order for the successful completion within an agreed budget. Undertaking this course will ensure that graduates are prepared for the role of managing construction costs in a rapidly evolving industry. The course employs the latest technology and software used in the construction industry and ATU Sligo works closely with contractors, sub-contractors and professional organisations to ensure that the syllabus reflects the current needs of the work place. This programme also provides a route into the Quantity Surveying profession leading to an accredited qualification.

Overview of Programme Content

Semester 1

COMPLEX DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY / QS Measurement of Domestic Buildings Estimating

Semester 2

M&E Construction Technology/ Measurement of Mechanical and Electrical Installations / Professional Practice within the Built Environment

Semester 3

Construction Contracts & Procurement/ Principles Of Law / Economics

Semester 4

Construction Law/  Short Form of Construction Contract and Tendering / Construction Economics

Programme Delivery:

The Higher Certificate in Construction Economics is offered via online distance learning over a period of two years on a part-time basis and consists of 12 five-credit modules delivered over 4 semesters – 3 modules per semester. Attendance at ATU Sligo is not required as the programme will be delivered live via the internet on a weekly basis using web conferencing software and recordings are available for students who are unable to remotely attend live lectures.

Live lectures will typically be delivered on Monday-Thursday evenings after 6pm. Students are not required to purchase any software for online learning and will be remotely inducted in ATU Sligo’s online learning software at the start of the course. The recorded lectures, programme materials, innovative learning, web-links and assessments will be uploaded to a Moodle course management system.

Students can access live/recorded lectures and material on this system from anywhere in the world provided they have an internet connection. Recorded lectures and material can be downloaded directly to any device to be viewed offline.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a National Framework of Qualification Level 5 or equivalent and Recognition of Prior Learning. Graduates who have not obtained this minimum may incorporate other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience and apply for assessment via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Further information is available through

Learner Outcome:

Graduates of this programme will be able to use the experience and knowledge gained to obtain employment in a wide variety of areas such as Site Surveyors, Estimators, Site Clerks, Materials Managers, Sales Representatives and Quantity Surveying Technicians with Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Construction Specialists and Materials Suppliers.

The programme will provide students with the following key skills:

  • Construction Technology
  • Measurement & Costing
  • Estimating Software
  • Programming Software
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Administration
  • Cost Planning & Control
  • Management Practice and Negotiation Skills
  • Communication, Report Writing and Presentation

Full Price Fees €2,500 (per annum) 

 30% funding available to Irish Private companies and Sole Traders*

Get in touch with Industry 4.0 Skillnet to find out more about funding eligibility and availability.

Ylenia Morselli – [email protected] – +353 (0)85 8675275

Paul Quinn – [email protected]  

*College funding is subject to availability on the date of request.
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