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

Course Code MRH

NFQ Level 6*

Duration 2 Years

Award BTEC Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Radio)

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

On successful completion of Year 1 of a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) an Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be claimed for each 1st Year HND student. It will be included as part of the overall HND award on successful completion of Year 2.

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 Radio Programming and Production course involves podcast content, production and presentation, and along with strong links to the radio industry includes ongoing guest lecturers and excellent work experience placements in radio stations.

The course comprises of small classes which teaches you everything about radio, from how to hold a microphone to how set up a Radio Station. You will learn music radio programming and presenting; researching; making feature programmes, news and documentaries which are broadcast on two College radio stations, including an FM Radio Station broadcasting to Dublin.

Work Experience includes opportunities of working on College Radio stations; Online and FM stations; ACAST Podcasting and with Movie Extras. There are also fully funded work placements through the Erasmus+ programme, which include Radio Stations in Malta, Spain and Finland.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Radio Production
  • Radio Practices
  • Radio Studies
  • Professional Radio Practice
  • Scriptwriting for Radio
  • Interview and Presentation Skills
  •  Individual Project
  • Creative Media Industry

Year 2

  • Radio Podcast Production
  • Radio Management
  • Radio Drama
  • Radio News Editorial
  • Collaborative Project
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Radio Media Studies

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum of two O1/H5 and three O6/H7 grades, or a relevant QQI Level 5 award with a merit profile, or a relevant BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. At interview you will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of, and interest in the radio industry. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+).


  • Graduates who achieve a merit/distinction profile may apply for entry to the BA (Hons) in Media Production Management in BCFE. This is a one-year top-up degree validated by DCU.
  • Graduates of this course may also apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to higher and advanced certificate and degree programmes at national Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities and Universities (applicants should confirm linked awards and eligibility requirements with the relevant Higher Education Institution).

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates from this course have an extremely strong track record of success in media industry, working in all the major radio stations, both on air and in production. BCFE radio graduates are consistently successful in gaining nominations and winning awards at the IMRO National Industry Radio Awards, and this year, ex-BCFE Radio students were nominated for 35 awards and won over 20.


  • The Radio course has state of the art Fully Digital and Touchscreen Broadcast studios and individual podcast booths.
  • Students are equipped with Portable Recorder as well as a Home Podcast Studio and Gold Membership of

Students' Work

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


I really found my feet during the two-year radio course as it was so hands on and practical. I completed MND then (MRH) HND Radio course and the Media Management 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 learnt in lectures into practice in the workplace as it’s the only way to get a start in the industry. Ballyfermot are 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. I’m currently a reporter and producer on the BBC’s flagship day time news programme, The Victoria Derbyshire programme which airs each weekday on BBC Two and the News Channel.
Simon O’Leary, Reporter and producer on the BBC’s The Victoria Derbyshire Programme
National Diploma in Media (MND 2015)
Higher National Diploma in Radio Programming and Production (MRH 2015 – 2017)
BA in Media Production Management (MPM 2018)

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