Millmount Road, Mullingar
Co. Westmeath
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*New for 2017* Apprenticeship Preparatory Course (construction) QQI Level 5


This programme provides learners with the foundation required to pursue an apprenticeship in the building trades.  It is the ideal starting point to explore the various apprenticeship options available.  Students will gain hands-on experience in carpentry, plumbing and electrical installation

This course is designed to

  • Provide participants with a hands-on introduction to the broad range of the skills required to work in the construction industry

  • Prepare students for apprenticeships in construction related areas

  • Prepare participants for entry to ordinary level degree and honours degree programmes related to the construction industry

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • Test for colour blindness

How the course is taught

Mullingar Community College has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners

  • A practical based course where learning takes place primarily in workshops and drawing rooms

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners


Suggested Course Content

  • Building Construction

  • Wood Fabrication

  • Communications/ Customer Service

  • Work Experience

  • Architectural Drawing

  • Safety and Health at Work

  • Materials Science

  • Renewable Energy Systems

  • Computer Aided drafting (CAD)


Optional Modules


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.


Career Opportunities


  • Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.


Progression to Higher Education


  • Progression from 5M5010 to all GMIT courses apart from Nursing. The following are the most relevant:


Athlone Institute of Technology


  • Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering, Level 6 and must have C20174 0r 5N1833 or LC Maths.


GMIT Galway Mayo Institute of Technology


  • GA970 Furniture Design and Manufacture – Letterfrack, Level 7

  • GA971 Furniture and Wood Technology – Letterfrack, Level 7

  • GA980 Design and Technology Education – Letterfrack, Level 8 Minimum 3 distinctions

  • GA470 Construction Management, Level 7

  • GA471 Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying, Level 7

  • GA472 Architectural Technology, Level 7

  • GA473 Civil Engineering, Level 7

  • GA480 Construction Management, Level 8 Minimum 3 distinctions


The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at CAO website.




This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May


  • Administration/Student Services Fee: €100
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Examination Fees: €50


TOTAL: €350


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Please Note


Mullingar Community College reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.


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