Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

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Media – Media & Broadcasting Diploma (ND) Level 5

Course Code MND

NFQ Level 5

Duration 1 Year

Award Pearson BTEC Level 4 National Diploma in Creative Media Production

A 1-year introduction to broadcasting & media production with skills in Radio, Television & Journalism, delivered in state-of-the-art Radio and TV Studios.

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This one-year course introduces you to the broadcasting and media industries with a strong emphasis on the practical skills needed to work in radio; television; online media; journalism and content creation.

All aspects of this dynamic course are integrated and assessed through individual or group assignments and projects in the college’s state-of-the-art Radio and Television studios.

Many students progress from the Diploma in Media and Broadcasting to Higher National Diplomas in Ballyfermot College or further studies elsewhere.

Course Content

  • Presentation techniques for Broadcasting
  • Interview Skills for Broadcasting
  • Music based Radio programming
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Communication Skills
  • Understanding TV and Video Technology
  • Understanding the Creative Media Sector
  • Research Techniques for Creative Media
  • Working Freelance in the Creative Media Sector
  • Work Experience

Entry Requirements

  • Five O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate/LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied, or a relevant QQI level 4 Certificate.
  • Applicants should bring relevant portfolio of original work to the interview. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).


Students' Work


I did Media & Broadcasting Diploma (MND) then Radio Programming & Production Diploma Level 6 Higher National Diploma (MRH) course and then Media Production Management BA Degree all in BCFE. The lecturers are so encouraging and supportive of work placements and they have the network to help you get your foot in the door of Ireland’s biggest broadcasters. It’s so important to put the theory learned in lectures into practice in the workplace as it’s the only way to get a start in the industry. Ballyfermot is so encouraging of this and I’ll always be forever grateful for their drive to get me into the workplace. I’m now living in London and freelance as a producer for Sky News and Channel 4 News.
Simon O’Leary 
Media & Broadcasting Diploma (MND), Radio Programming & Production Diploma Level 6 Higher National Diploma (MRH),  Media Production Management BA (Hons)

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