Introduction to Radio Broadcasting

Want to get into the world of audio – radio, podcasting or audio production? What about digital storytelling, documentary making or mobile journalism?

Introduction to Radio Broadcasting is an ideal taster course for those considering progression to the Radio Broadcasting & Digital Journalism Traineeship.  You’ll learn how the media industry works, where the jobs are, how to create engaging content and you’ll start developing the production skills you need to bring your ideas to life.

This 8 week long course is an excellent introduction to media in general – but particularly audio in all it’s forms in including radio broadcasting.

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to produce radio programmes for a range of services at local, regional and national level.

Areas of Study:

  1. Commercial, community, national and international broadcast policy.
  2. Broadcast Regulation – Legal and Ethical Considerations
  3. Programme types, formats and target audiences.
  4. The effectiveness of radio as a medium.
  5. Ideas, Creative Concepts, Background and Reserach
  6. Editorial – selecting the best content for your audience, sources, credibility, team meetings
  7. Studio equipment and portable recording equipment.
  8. Programme Structure and Presentation Style.
  9. Programme Production.
  10. Production Documentation.
  11. Evaluation – self and peer.

An experienced team of broadcast professionals deliver the course which is run in partnership with a multi-award winning Irish radio station. Regular guest speakers also feature which bring real insights and help students make industry contacts and connections.

The training style is focused on ‘learning by doing’ where you work on projects and client briefs to develop and refine your skills. Feedback is given on an ongoing basis to help you grow and develop.


  • Reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • Must have achieved a pass in English at Leaving Certificate level.
  • A proven interest and competence in written and spoken English.
  • A working knowledge of MS Office and related applications.
  • Knowledge and interest in media, broadcast in general.
  • Good communication skills and a pleasant personality.

Graduates from the course pursue jobs in radio, independent production, print journalism, online media and related industries. Roles include Broadcast Assistant, Researcher, News Journalist, Sports Journalist, Commercial Producer, Sound Engineer, Commercial Voice-over, Programme Producer and Programme Presenter.