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Radio – Radio Programming & Production Diploma (HND) Level 6 Higher

Course Code: MRH

Duration: 2 Years

A Practical Radio, Media and Podcasting Content, Production & Presentation Course. Small classes & Strong industry links. Work experience Placements in Ireland & Optional placements in Radio Stations in Malta, Alicante & Finland which are fully funded through Erasmus+. Each year brings job offers & awards.

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This MRH two-year Radio Course covers everything about radio from how to hold a microphone to how to set up a Radio Station. You will learn about music radio programming, content creation, Podcasting and have work experience in large professional radio stations.

Industry and Awards MRH Radio students have excellent track records of substantial employment and success in media. All Major radio stations have countless ex-students on-air and working behind the scenes. Each year ex-students are winning many national and international radio awards

Work Experience Internal College Radio stations, online & FM.

Work Placements will take place in the large commercial radio stations and Podcasters and podcast companies. We have lots of guest talks as well as workshops.

Facilities 3 fully Digital touchscreen broadcast studios using Myriad, Adobe digital editing packages and several state-of-the-art broadcast, podcast studios.

Students are given to keep their own Tascam Portable recorder, & Home Podcast studio and Membership of Movie Extras to gain cash while experiencing media sets.

While BCFE continues to partake in the EC funded Erasmus+ programme and has prepared work experience placements for the 2020 – 2021 academic year the College will continue to be guided by the HSE and NPHET. Therefore, travel abroad may be postponed or cancelled depending on the advice from the Government. 


Radio Production, Radio Practises, Radio Studies, Professional Radio Practise, Scriptwriting for Radio, Interview and Presentation Skills, Individual Project, Creative Media Industry, Radio Podcast Production, Radio Management, Radio Drama, Radio News Editorial, Collaborative Project, Personal Professional Development, Advanced Radio Media Studies.


See testimonials from past students Jessica Maciel, Tara Walsh and Simon O’Leary on our Testimonials page.


View past students’ work.

Record 35 shortlisted nominations for IMRO Radio Industry Awards for BCFE Radio Alumni

See a range of Videos here or click a news story

BCFE Brother and Sister Tara (SPIN 1038) and Daniel Walsh Release New Music

BCFE Radio Student Assignment becomes RTE Radio Doc on 1

BBC’s Louise Molony ex BCFE Radio and Degree Student Interviewed 

BCFE Radio Students get Podcasting Workshop

Former students set up Quarantine FM radio station

BCFE Radio Students at IMRO Radio Awards

Olivier Mauxion meets BCFE Radio Course Students

Shireen Langan meets Radio Course Students

Former radio student and BBC journalist, Simon O’Leary discusses coming out in Ireland

BCFE Radio student videos and podcast on their Erasmus+ trip to Helsinki, Finland

2018 Graduate Tara Walsh gives Guest Lecture

2018 Graduate Jessica Maciel gives Guest Lecture

BCFE Radio, BBC TV & Simon O’Leary

BCFE graduate Jessica Maciel to host on BBC Radio 1

BCFE Radio Stars of the Future

Work Experience Trip for Students

Radio Programming & Production Student Wins Google News Lab Fellowship

BCFE Radio Course Students’ Broadcasts


No portfolio required.

Interview based where we just want to hear what media you like and what you want to do. 

Leaving Certificate / LCVP with a minimum of two H5 / O1 and three O6 / H7 grades or equivalent or QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile.

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).

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HND in Creative Media Production (Radio)

The Higher National Diploma is a BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) qualification awarded by the UK awarding body Pearson.  A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

Callyann Brennan MRH Radio 2016 now with RTÉ 2FM & RTÉ Pulse


Graduates who achieve a Merit / Distinction in this Higher National Diploma may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) Degree in Media Production Management in BCFE. This is a one year top-up degree accredited by DCU.

Graduates may gain exemptions from one or two years of degree courses in the UK.

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