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Metalwork is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle in Colaiste Iascaigh. It is an activity-based course focusing on metal, how to work with it and how to assemble different parts.Other materials such as plastics and wood are also investigated and used in project work.You will be working with basic electronic components too.

Some of the things you will learn include:

  • how to read and follow a technical drawing
  • skills in shaping, cutting and joining materials
  • how to use a wide variety of tools and machines correctly and safely
  • the properties of different metals and how they are made
  • the importance of metal in our everyday lives

There are two (or three) parts to the exam:

  • coursework project - there is a project worth 37.5% at Higher level or 75% at Ordinary level. You will have approximately four months to make it
  • written examination - the written paper is based on metalwork theory and makes up 25% for both levels
  • practical exam(Higher level only) - this is worth 37.5% of the totalmarks for Higher level.This involves making and assembling parts from a given drawing and you will have three hours to do this.
  • You can take the exam at Higher level or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

Will Metalwork be very different after the Junior Certificate?

Leaving Cert. Engineering (Engineering Technology) builds on what you learned in Junior Cert.Metalwork. However, the topics are covered in much greater detail and a higher level of skill is necessary in practical work.

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For more information about the Junior Certificate exam

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