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

Course Code: MRH

Duration: 2 Years

A practical Radio production & presentation course with strong industry links and small classes. International radio work experience supported by Erasmus+



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 and have the opportunity to gain extensive practical experience on the internal college radio stations and on an FM station broadcasting to Dublin.

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 state of the art fully digital & touchscreen broadcast studios and three Podcast booths. Students are provided with Tascam Wifi Portable recorders and Podcast Kit to facilitate their personal work.



  • 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


View past students’ work.

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)

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

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.