Do you have a passion for listening to Radio or Podcasts? Do you want to create engaging content for listeners like you? Join us on this 2 year HND and develop your work-ready skills in our professional studios; help run BOOM our student radio station, support local radio stations as part of their street teams and more. Afterwards you can progress to University, enter the Radio and Media Industry or host your Podcast or Youtube Channel

Our former students work with Forth FM, Clyde 1 and 2, BBC Scotland, BBC London, Wave FM, Inrix, Tay FM, Kingdom FM, Central FM and many more?

On this two-year HND you will be working in the College’s own multi-platform radio station, BOOM Radio (opens in another window) where you will develop professional and personal skills in all aspects of radio to maximise your employment opportunities. We also have a great relationship with local stations that offer a range of work experience and input to your course via workshops and  guest speakers. Together we’ll help you find your niche.

Creative writing is also supported through extra-curricular activities and we are honoured to have the support of Ian Rankin through his scholarship. Students from journalism, radio and broadcast are invited to enter this prestigious award.

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

  • One year full-time
  • Radio music programme production
  • Podcasting
  • Visual communication: social media
  • Radio interviewing
  • Working in radio
  • Radio station and technical operations
  • Scripting and presenting
  • Producing online content
  • Law, ethics, compliance and the media
  • Radio: advanced editing, features and news
  • Radio commercials production
  • Music scheduling
  • Creative sound production
  • Radio: branding and imaging
  • Radio magazine production

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

One of the following:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Creative and Digital Media SCQF Level 6 plus a National 5 at Grade C or above in English or Music
  • Two Highers from English, Modern Studies, or Media at Grade C or above plus two National 5s at Grade C or above ideally from Media or Music/Music Technology, Drama etc.
  • National Certificate: Creative Industries: Broadcast Media SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Sound Production SCQF Level 6
  • Other qualifications including creative or science/ social science courses at SCQF Level 6
  • Mature students will be considered on an individual basis taking into account previous qualifications and experience
  • For direct entry to year 2 you must have achieved HNC Creative Industries: Radio
  • Presenter
  • Researcher
  • Radio journalist
  • Reporter
  • Freelance work
  • Commercial producer
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise – ideally with a show-reel or portfolio of audio/media work