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HND: Creative Industries: Radio SCQF Level 8

SCQF Level 8

Radio broadcasting in the UK is undergoing an unprecedented period of growth as new independent local and community radio stations compete with podcasting to provide increasing choice and variety of programmes. This has created a buoyant employment market for the all-round skilled broadcaster.

Throughout this HND, you will develop professional and personal skills and experience in all aspects of radio to maximise your employment opportunities. You will be trained using professional broadcast equipment and software. We also provide our students with the opportunity to present live through the College’s own radio station, BOOM Radio. We have a great relationship with our local stations that offer a range of work experience and guest speakers.

This course is endorsed by the University of Sunderland for progression to their BA (Hons) Media Production (Stage 3) course.

What You Study

  • Scripting and presentation
  • Digital production and editing
  • Broadcasting law
  • Interviewing and reporting
  • Programme production
  • Sound recording
  • Freelance broadcasting
  • News journalism
  • Music and speech
  • Radio commercials
  • Online reporting

Work Experience

As part of the course you will regularly broadcast via BOOM Radio and you may also have opportunities to undertake a work placement with local independent or community radio stations in a variety of posts.

Practical Projects

This is a highly practical course and there are tremendous opportunities for successful students. In recent years, our students have gone on to work for Forth FM, Clyde 1 and 2, BBC Scotland and BBC London, Wave FM, Inrix, Tay FM, Kingdom FM, and Central FM. The course also provides a seamless transition to university, including the University of Sunderland’s top-up course that allows students that are qualified to HND level access to year 3 of their BA (Hons) Media Production degree.

Duration and Attendance

Two years full-time.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Higher English at Level C or above plus two National 5s at Level C or above or equivalent (see our Qualifications Explained page for details) ideally from Media or Music/ Music Technology
  • National Certificate: Creative Industries: Broadcast Media
  • National Certificate: Sound Production
  • Another appropriate creative course at SCQF Level 6
  • Mature students will be considered on an individual basis taking into account previous qualifications and experience
  • For entry to year 2 you must have achieved HNC: Creative Industries: Radio

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

  • Fife College has defined articulation routes in place for this course

Career Opportunities

  • Presenter
  • Researcher
  • Radio journalist
  • Reporter
  • Freelance work
  • Commercial producer

Application Process

Successful interview, ideally with a show-reel or portfolio of audio/media work.

Find Your Ideal Career

Want to know more about job opportunities, salaries, and employment rates in this industry? Check out our Career Coach page.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online
Full time 2nd Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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