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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:P319
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course will allow you to study broadcast radio and the creation of audio content for other platforms, such as podcasts and websites.

You'll gain a real understanding of how a much loved medium has evolved, and what goes into creating great content. The course provides a range of practical broadcasting and journalistic skills coupled with a strong grounding in relevant media theory.

The course is designed to meet the needs of those wishing to work in broadcast media and those who wish to pursue a career within the wider field of audio content creation.

As well as delivering a range of practical professional skills, the course will also provide theoretical insigts and understanding of how the media works and how it is used in a professional context.

You will study a combination of units that, together, provide a broad range of professional knowledge and skills. In the first year you will study Reporting and Writing, Radio 101 History and Practices, Radio Skills and Understanding the Media.

In your final year there will be the option of two projects pieces, either Audio Documentary Production or Contemporary Practices and Debates in the Media. Alongside your studies you will have access to RadioLaB, the University’s very own community radio station, broadcasting across Luton and the surrounding areas on FM and available on-line, world-wide.

Throughout all years of study, students can get involved in the station, for example, by presenting, producing or working on promotions and special events.


This course will provide you with the practical and academic skills needed to produce creative audio and broadcast radio programme content. It also opens up opportunities to work in broadcast technical and managerial roles, providing you with a broad knowledge of industry practice and regulation along with a diverse range of operational skills. Many of these skills, particularly in relation to programme planning and content development, are of a highly flexible and transferable nature and can also be helpful for students who decide to pursue other media and related career paths.


  • Media arts centre equipped with industry standard facilities
  • Industry links and media masterclasses

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


Units

  • Radio 101 History & Practice (MED046-1) Compulsory
  • Radio Skills (MED030-1) Compulsory
  • Reporting And Writing (MED011-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Media (MED004-1) Compulsory
  • Preparing For The Audio Workplace (MED057-2) Compulsory
  • Radio (MED021-2) Compulsory
  • Radio Structures & Regulation (MED058-2) Compulsory
  • Radio 24/7 (MED013-3) Compulsory

You are assessed in a variety of ways. The majority of units are assessed through coursework, portfolios, essays and presentations or, in a few cases, in-class tests or exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in the context of a group seminar. The emphasis within practical audio production units will be on developing your abilities to produce professional quality materials of increasing complexity as your course progresses towards its conclusion and using formative assessment alongside graded assignments. At Level Four (during your First Year), you are assessed on your understanding of the fundamental concepts and disciplines that underpin professional broadcast radio and audio production. You are required to comprehend the basic range of intellectual concepts, which form the foundations of the subject area, and will be assessed on your ability to articulate such concepts in a coherent manner, through a variety of both practical and written assessments. For example, you will learn about content genres, audiences, and industrial dimensions of the audio and broadcast radio media. At Level Five, you are assessed on your ability to apply the basic production skills introduced in Level Four to the creation of more complex audio content. You will also develop a broader and deeper understanding of the structures and regulations that underpin radio broadcasting and audio within wider content regulation. You will be given the opportunity to begin to put your skills to professional use through participation in a work-place learning unit, which will allow you to further contextualise your practical skills and theoretical knowledge of audio media. At Level Six you will be required to demonstrate independent thinking and initiative. This may be in the form of analysing and critically appraising audio content or a particular broadcast radio institution or policy in an original manner. In relation to practical production work, you will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in the delivery of your Special Project where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


The critical, analytical and practical skills of this degree will prepare you for a range of careers. The most common destination will be in areas of audio production, for example in commercial production houses, or within broadcast radio. Roles can include those of researcher, presenter, broadcast assistant, technical operator, studio manager or producer.

Involvement may be in areas such as commercial production, branding, music, as well as cultural or specialist programme production. However, graduates may also also opt for freelance roles in audio creation for online and web-based companies or to develop careers in teaching, publishing or public service.

Some students choose to continue in education and register on taught or research based Masters courses in media or business management. Students may also consider taking our MA in Mass Communications. Students can also continue onto PhDs by research, which can lead to a career in higher education. The skill-set provided is also relevant for employment abroad.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

Throughout the course, you will be required to purchase small consumable items, such as memory cards and equipment batteries for use in practical units.

You will also need a pair of semi-professional headphones (not ear-buds) for listening and for digital editing.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student