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HND in Radio Programming & Production

Course Code: MRH

Duration: 2 Years


This two year Radio Course covers everything about radio from how to hold a microphone to how set up a Radio Station. Students learn about music radio programming, presenting, features, news and documentaries. The course offers the opportunity to gain extensive experience in programme making and to learn the legal and business aspects of the radio and media industry. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. Students have the opportunity to be involved in the college Radio station, to apply for a licence and set up an FM Radio station broadcasting in the Dublin area, and to work on dedicated internet radio stations as well as producing individual podcasts. The course is closely linked with the radio industry with industry guest lecturers throughout the year and excellent work experience placements in industry. 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 full Digital broadcast studios using Myriad, Radiomation and Adobe digital editing packages.


  • Radio Programmes
  • Radio Studies
  • Career Development for the Radio Industry
  • Radio Station Management
  • Radio Quizzes and Light Entertainment
  • Practical Skills for Radio Production
  • Speech Package Production for Radio
  • Work Experience in the Creative Media Sector
  • Producing Multi-platform Radio Journalism
  • Radio Documentary Production
  • Radio Drama Production
  • Law for Journalists
  • Contextual Studies for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for Creative Media Production
  • Project Design
  • Implementation and Evaluation
  • Special Subject Investigation for Creative Media Production


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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+). No Portfolio is required for this MRH 2 Year Radio 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


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 adds just one final year to the course you have completed. It is validated by DCU and delivered mostly here in BCFE. Should you be thinking about other degree courses in Britain, you may gain exemption from doing their first and second years.