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HND in Radio Programming & Production

Course Code: MRH

Duration: 2 Years

A 2-year Radio HND course covering presenting, features, news and documentaries, podcasts, broadcast studio, college radio station, radio station experience



This two year Radio Course covers everything about radio from how to hold a microphone to how set up a Radio Station. You will learn about music radio programming, presenting, features, news and documentaries.

Initially you will be working on the internal college Radio station. Later you will be involved in applying for a licence and setting up an FM Radio station broadcasting in the Dublin area. Working on dedicated internet radio stations and producing individual podcasts is also an exciting and integral part of the programme.

The course is closely linked with the radio industry with industry guest lecturers throughout the year and excellent work experience placements in radio stations. Graduates from this course have a strong track record of success in media industry working in all the major radio stations both on air and in production.

The course has excellent facilities including three full Digital broadcast studios using Myriad and Adobe digital editing packages. Students are provided with Tascam Wifi Portable recorders, DAB+ Radio & Podcast Kit.


  • 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


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Radio Students on Erasmus+ work Experience


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. Suitable Level 5 or equivalent courses include:

The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).  A portfolio is not required for this course but you will be asked to demonstrate at interview that you are interested in radio stations and being a part of the media industry.

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HND in Creative Media Production (Radio)

This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson.

A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

QQI Comparability Statement

Music radio programming, presenting, features, news and documentaries, podcasts, broadcast studio, college Radio station, Radio Station experience.


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.