Architecture Pre-University

The study of architecture provides students with the opportunity to be creative and use their technical skills in the design of buildings and environments. This architecture course is designed for the student to prepare a portfolio for architecture or architectural technology so that they can continue their studies to degree level.

Students will learn many skills in the areas of building design and modelling which will prepare them for higher education. They will develop key skills in 2D plan production, 3D and architectural design. Through the practical application of theory, students will become familiar with the architectural requirements to meet the needs of the client.

What Makes This Course Special

  • ‘Hands-on’ practical learning
  • Learn practical skills and apply knowledge
  • Work with our construction experts
  • Participate in a range of practical projects
  • Prepare for work
  • Progress to an apprenticeship or Higher Education

Course Content

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Building Construction
  • Design Skills
  • Parametric CAD (Revit)
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Architecture
  • Architecture Technologist
  • Construction
  • 3D design/ Modelling
  • Building Trades
  • CAD Technician
  • Product Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Quantity Surveying


I completed a QQI Level 5 architecture course as a stepping stone to higher education. Currently in my 5th year studying Architecture (Honours) at SETU Waterford, the course at Carlow Institute of Further Education provided a robust foundation in both theoretical and practical aspects of the industry. It offered valuable work experience in a local architectural practice, enabling me to apply and enhance learned skills and build connections.

I highly recommend this course for those aspiring to enter the architectural industry. It prepares you for evolving challenges, including sustainability and adaptive reuse, at a higher education level.


Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Computer Aided Design 5M1940
  • Safe Pass Certificate
  • Manual Handling Certificate


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 414869
Coordinator: Laura Conheady

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.