Film, TV and Radio

Radio Production and Podcasting


Available at Cumbernauld


Whether you aspire to be a Radio Producer, Audio Engineer, Presenter or Online Blogger this dynamic and highly practical course at our Cumbernauld campus (located just 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre) will give you the knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career within this ever changing and vibrant industry. You will have access to recording & editing studios, a fully functioning live radio station, broadcasting to the college community, as well as online, reaching a worldwide audience. Delivered by highly experienced radio professionals, who currently work within the sector, the course will bring students face to face with some of the country’s top presenters, producers, engineers and marketeers with scheduled visits to broadcasters such as the BBC and local/community radio stations.

Course Information

One of:

4 National 4 passes or
Equivalent groups of modules, units or courses at Intermediate 1/2.

Relevant experience may also be considered. All applicants will be required to undertake an interview.

You will be learning in this highly focused, hands-on course for careers in radio broadcasting and other emerging broadcast media including podcasting and vlogging. Having access to a fully equipped radio studio, you will utilise the latest industry standard software and hardware equipment. In addition to learning about on-air performance, creative writing and sales/marketing/promotions, you will also explore radio programming, podcast creation, sound engineering and interview techniques. Learning within a live environment, performing on-air and working behind-the-scenes, successful applicants will be introduced to job roles identical to those in the live broadcast industry interacting with others, working in teams and delivering high quality work to tight deadlines.

 Semester 1

 Introduction to Radio Production and Podcasting

  • How Radio Works, Creating Vox Pops
  • Links, Segues & Features, Identifying Your Audience
  • Creating Idents & Slogans, Interview techniques
  • Writing For Radio, Documentaries & Reporting
  • Radio Roles, Showreel Creation, Present a Live Show

Radio Production

  • In the Studio, Impartiality & Balance, Studio Etiquette
  • Guest Research & Performance, Broadcast Quality
  • Warping/Beatmatching
  • Recording live: Music Venues, live debate etc
  • Outside Broadcast, Microphone techniques
  • Back Up Plan/Risk Assessment
  • Painting a Picture with Words


Semester 2

Radio: The Business Side

  • Editorial Guidelines, Structure of Radio Industry
  • Job Roles in Radio / Podcasting, Talent Management
  • Ofcom, PRS, and PPL Compliance, Music Reporting
  • Schedule: Flow Between DJs/shows
  • Relationships with Music Industry
  • Audience Expectation

Future Trends of Radio

  • Role of the Music Team, Visualising Radio, Music Programming
  • Interactive Websites, Social Media Presence
  • Podcast Production, Podcast Marketing, Music on Demand
  • Spotify; Streaming Radio, Playlist: the New Radio?, Curating a Set List
  • Futurology

HNC Radio
HNC Sound Production
HNC Music Business
HNC Creative Industries: Communication with Media
HNC Creative Industries - Television


Classes Available



  • Days
  • 3 days pw
  • Start Date
  • 26 Aug 2019 - 12 Jun 2020
  • Time
  • 09:00 - 16:00