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Creative Education

BSc in Education Design, Graphics and Construction

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Education (Design Graphics and Construction)

Teacher Education - Formerly known as Bachelor Science (Honours) in Design and Technology Education

Discipline: Creative Education

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Location: Letterfrack/Galway-Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: Pass (Grade O6 or better) in six Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish. Two of the subjects must be passed at Higher Level (Grade H5 or better) and must include Design & Communication Graphics or Construction Studies

Places: 16

CAO Round 1 Points: 375 (2020)

Why Study?

If you are interested in becoming of post-primary teacher and passionate about the subjects Construction Studies and Design and Communication Graphics, this highly specified course provides you with a unique learning opportunity.

In-class theory and carefully designed projects and assignments are used to ensure that learners can engage with the subject matter in a meaningful and comprehensive way.

Small group sizes as well as the use of numerous and innovative teaching techniques will make for a varied and stimulating learning experience.

Design-led projects and a strong focus on design, woodwork, CAD and graphics ensures graduates are competent and confident in their role as a professional teacher.

School Placements each year provide students with experience of the classroom, the role of the teacher and the whole-school environment in a structured and supportive way.

Programme Modules

Year 1

Students are introduced to practical skills through a series of interesting projects using a range of hand tools, power tools and woodwork machinery. Teaching skills and pedagogy will be developed and honed first during simulated microteaching classroom environments and then during a number of carefully planned school placement blocks to introduce students in a supportive way to the school environment. Other subjects studied in the first year are Design Process, Furniture History, Technical Graphics, applied mathematics and Material and Construction. A Common first year module called Learning and Innovation Skills helps students understand the nature of learning at third level and the importance of critical thinking.

Year 2

Students further develop their teaching skills, undertake reflective practice, learn the principles of education theory and develop design-led lesson plans. Skills are developed in the safe and competent use of woodwork machinery and a range of interesting projects are designed and undertaken. Students learn to respond to a design brief and apply the design process to full working prototypes. Other subjects studied are Graphic and Computer Applications, Sustainable Materials, Design Process and Manufacturing Technology.

Year 3

School Placement in year 3 involves an 8-week block in a school where the student teacher, supported by GMIT lecturers, staff in the school and peer-to-peer support networks, takes responsibility for teaching students in the Junior Cycle curriculum. Lesson plans, critical reflections and classroom management techniques are further developed. Students also develop their eportfolio. Subjects undertaken include Curriculum and Assessment, Education Studies, Architectural Design and Applied Graphics.


Year 4

School Placement in year 4 is a 10 week block and the student teacher is expected to deliver curriculum in the senior cycle. Students participate in peer-to-peer reflections, apply theory to their critical reflections to further enhance their awareness and appreciation of teaching and learning in the post-primary environment. Students further develop research and academic writing skills and are prepared for their future roles as professional teachers, eportfolios are finalised and mock interviews are undertaken in preparation for applying for teaching positions. Other subjects taught include Professional Studies, Advanced Graphics, building Services Technology and Dissertation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this highly specialised post-primary teacher education programme are qualified to teach Construction Studies and Design & Communication Graphics to Leaving Certificate honours standard and to teach Materials Technology (Wood) and Technical Graphics to Junior Certificate honours standard in all Irish second –level schools.

GMIT Letterfrack has adopted modern and innovative learning and teaching methods, to ensure that graduates are equipped to become excellent teachers.



Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates may progress to a Masters Degree or Postgraduate Diploma either within the Institute, or via other programmes available nationally and internationally.

Essential Information: 

  • Years one and two of this course are delivered at GMIT Letterfrack while years three and four are run at GMIT in Galway, with some classes also in NUIG.
  • First year students must purchase tool, safety and design kits upon registering for this programme which are sourced and specified by GMIT (contact Administration for more details)
  • Vetting Requirements: All places are offered on this programme subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance.
  • One of the subjects undertaken for the Leaving Certificate must include Design & Communication Graphics or Construction Studies at Higher Level (H5).

BSc Hons in Design & Technology Education

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