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Bachelor of Technology (Education) in Materials and Architectural Technology

Bachelor of Technology (Education) in Materials and Architectural Technology
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
475 †
Course code:
4 Years

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
Keelin Leahy
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 233746
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

If you are interested in teaching design-based activities within the technological subjects Materials Technology (Wood), Design and Communication Graphics and Construction Studies, and enjoy working with people, then this course may be for you.

Key Fact: As a STEM (Science, Technology etc) programme, graduates are accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland to teach Technology subjects at second level.

Why Study Technology Education in Materials and Architectural Technology at UL?

UL's School of Education is the largest post-primary teacher education provider in the state and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Education programmes. University of Limerick is also ranked within the top 75 universities in Europe for excellence in teaching and learning.

This is a teacher education programme which aims to provide you with the opportunity to become a successful teacher of technology subjects at second level. These subjects include;

Junior Certificate

  • Wood Technology 
  • Technology
  • Graphics

Leaving Certificate

  • Construction Studies 
  • Design & Communication Graphics

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What you will study

The programme is four years in duration and includes a number of school based teaching practice placements. These include a six week placement in the spring semester of year two and a further ten week placement in autumn semester of year four. These placements are designed to provide you, the student teacher, with a genuine opportunity for professional development under the supervision of faculty members of the University.

There are four streams of learning in the programme. These streams address the key knowledge areas for initial teacher education in this field. These streams are;

  • Education
  • Technology
  • Design & Communication Graphics
  • Wood/ Architectural Technology

Throughout the programme, your knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in each of these areas are continually developed while placing a strong emphasis on your development as a critical, reflective and skilled teacher. The module content has been carefully selected to be relevant to the requirements of the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate syllabuses in the Technology subjects.

The first two years of study provide a foundation in Design, Problem solving, Education, Materials processing, Technical Graphics, and Mathematics. In Year three and four you will continue to study Education as well as Architectural Technology, and Design and Communication Graphics. You will also complete a research-driven module, which gives you an opportunity to reflect on your School Placement experiences and propose how to develop an aspect of your discipline or you as a professional.

  Semester 1   Semester 2
PN4011 Design and Communication Graphics 1 PN4012 Design and Communication Graphics 2
PN4021 Process Technology 1 WT4002 Wood Technology & Design 1
MA4701 Technological Mathematics 1 WT4102 Wood Science 1
ET4003 Electro Technology (Ed) EN4022 Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning
EN4041 Contemporary Understandings and Thinking on Education EN4032 Understanding Young People and how they Learn
  Semester 3   Semester 4
PN4023 Design and Communication Graphics 3 WT4024 Preparation & Planning for Technology Teaching (LM094)
EY4003 Subject Pedagogics 1  TP4014 School Placement
WT4013 Wood processing Practice and Safety    
EN4043  Understanding Classroom Practices    
EN4033 Planning for Learning    
  Semester 5   Semester 6
PN4025 Design and Communication Graphics 4 PN4036 Design and Communication Graphics 5
WT4015 Architectural Technology 1 EY4066 Subject Pedagogics 2 
WT4025 Wood Technology and Design 2 WT4026 Architectural Technology 2
EN4015 Curriculum and Policy Studies WT4036 Architectural Technology 3: Envelope Design Concepts
EN4025 Inclusive Education 1: Contemporary Perspectives EN4026 Inclusive Education 2: Special Educational Needs
GA4006 An Ghaeilge Ghairmiuil    
  Semester 7   Semester 8
TP4017 School Placement PN4038 Design and Communication Graphics 6
    PN4048 Technology Teacher as Innovator
    WT4028 Wood Technology and Design 3
    WT4048 Health and Safety in Technology Education
    EN4008 Teacher as Professional


Entry requirements

CAO points history 475
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold an O3/ H7 grade in Mathematics and an O4/ H7 grade in at least one of the following: Applied Mathematics; Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Construction Studies; Engineering; Physics with Chemistry; Agricultural Science; Computer Science; Technology; Design & Communication Graphics /Technical Drawing.

Additional considerations

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

QQI Pathways information available here.

Note: the University’s Special Mathematics Examination is applicable to this programme. More information available here.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Communication skills, for presenting effective verbal and written arguments
  • IT skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Organisation and time-management skills, for prioritising your teaching workload
  • Self-management, for planning your own workload and reflecting
  • Art and design skills to complement technical know-how
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • An analytical mind with strong problem-solving ability
  • Strong leadership and organisation skills
  • The ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team
  • High levels of creativity, imagination and vision
  • The ability to work well under time and budget pressures
  • Must enjoy working with your hands and be willing to work outdoors

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
56% 18% 13% 4% 9% 55 65 2014
56% 30% 4% 0% 11% 54 60 2015
66% 22% 6% 0% 6% 36 49 2016
78% 11% 11% 0% 0% 36 61 2017
91% 9% 0% 0% 0% 23 48 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Construction Studies Teacher
  • Design and Communication Graphics Teacher
  • Wood Technology Teacher
  • Graphics Teacher
  • Design and Technology Teacher
  • Head of Graphics Department/Teacher
  • Design Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Fire Safety Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Customer Service Advisor

Student Profile - Sean O’ Riordan

During secondary school, my two favourite subjects by far were woodwork and technical graphics. This continued after my Leaving Cert where I worked as a carpenter for 3 years - this experience gave me valuable practical skills which have helped me to date in this course. What I noticed after school is how much I enjoyed working with people so the idea of being able to work with students by teaching my favourite subjects is what helped me in deciding to return to college.

Throughout the course, the emphasis is always brought back to teaching which is so very relevant to the course. There is a good mix of practical and theory and the coursework really helps to develop you as a student teacher. Teaching placement gives you the opportunity to grow in confidence and develop your teaching skills in the classroom. UL has an excellent atmosphere with brilliant support available for students from the course lecturers and tutors. I would recommend anyone considering this course to visit the campus and maybe get in touch with current students or graduates of the programme. If you have a flair for practical/design-based subjects and want to teach, then Technology Education at UL might be the course for you.

Student Profile - Fiona Lafferty

When I came to UL for the open day, I loved the fact that all the facilities were on the one campus. This course provided me with the most direct route to becoming a second level teacher of Technology subjects. At second level, I discovered I had a flair for craft, design, working with my hands and interacting with young adults.

Most of the course is practical, with lots of marks allocated to projects. There is an excellent mix of subjects. I love the practical elements of the course where we are encouraged to express ourselves creatively. The lecturers are very approachable and helpful.

I spent sixteen weeks on teaching practice placement, which was great in developing my teaching skills. This experience will benefit me greatly as I embark on a career as a second level teacher of technology subjects.

Student Profile - Patrick Kelly

I developed a great interest in technology subjects from an early stage in school. I really loved Materials Technology Wood and drawing, but I also enjoyed working with other students and teachers, so I felt that this course would be a good option for me. The course itself is fast-paced and challenging, but very enjoyable and rewarding. There is a great mix of practical and project work throughout the four years. The lecturers are very helpful and supportive and are always ready to lend a hand.

Design and creativity are strongly encouraged throughout the course, along with an emphasis on teaching and learning. All aspects of the course are linked to education; during the teaching placement, one gets a great chance to experience school life and teaching in front of a class. I feel that I have been given a great chance to develop as a professional and as a person before starting out in my teaching career.