Pre-University Architecture

Course Aim

Pre-University Architecture provides learners with the opportunity to enhance their competencies, skills and understanding required for architectural design. This course enables learners to develop knowledge of architectural practices, 2D plan production and 3D simulations. Learners will become familiar with the fundamentals of architectural design, consideration of construction materials and how to fully meet the needs of the client.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Design Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics
  • Materials Science
  • Spreadsheets Methods
  • Parametric CAD
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Building Construction



QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M1940) in Computer Aided Design


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

IT Carlow | Architectural Technology | Level 8
DkIT | Architectural Technology | Level 8
Griffith College | Interior Architecture & Design | Level 8
IT Sligo | Interior Architecture and Design | Level 7
TU Dublin | Architectural Technology | Level 8
TU Dublin | Architecture | Level 8
TU Dublin | Interior Design | Level 8
WIT | Architecture & Building Modelling Technology | Level 8


Career Prospects

Following the successful completion of the Pre-University Architecture programme, you may progress to a degree which can lead to a career in:


Architecture | Engineering | Quantity Surveying | Building Information Modelling | Planning | Building Services | CAD | Project Management



2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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