Points are building up again to study for construction
This year's surge in demand for property and construction-related courses on the back of economic recovery has resulted in a solid lift in points in building-related programmes in colleges countrywide.
While some high-profile honours degree architecture courses held steady after big rises in the past couple of years, applicants for many other building-related courses have seen an increase in the cut-off points.
There was no move in the points for architecture at UCD and Dublin Institute of Technology. However, in the University of Limerick (UL), architecture rose five points to 390 and in Waterford IT it went up 10 to 310.
In one sign of student confidence in future career opportunities in construction, the UL civil engineering programme rose 25 points to 475, while at NUI Galway civil engineering went up by 35 to 450 points.
In another example of school-leavers putting their faith in a return of property development, UCD's Landscape Architecture course saw a 25 points rise to 370, from 345 this time last year.
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is well known for its offering of built-environment courses, most of which required higher points this year.
DIT's honours degree architectural technology course has climbed 35 points to 335, while others, such as property economics, quantity surveying and construction managements, have also climbed up the points table.
Construction-related courses are available in institutes of technology around the country, at both level 8 (honours degree) and level 7/6 (ordinary degree), where an upward trend is also visible.
Galway Mayo IT has seen some significant increases in its building courses, most dramatically a 60-point rise to 250 in civil engineering, while construction management is up 50 to 210.
Limerick Institute of Technology's civil engineering and construction programmes are both up five to 210.
At Waterford IT, its level 7 civil engineering is up 10 to 210.