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Broadcast Media Production – Radio Level 3 BTEC Subsidary Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course mixes theory and practical work; for each unit studied, we will understand the techniques and theories behind the practical outcome, and then launch into a practical project to test this understanding. Students will be expected to research and plan ideas, develop and refine them accordingly, have a full awareness of the audience who will receive the project before completing recording and editing work. Students might be recording interviews and presentation work out on location or developing and recording in our own fully equipped radio studio. Students will then listen back to the complete work and critique work in a supportive atmosphere to help continuous development and improvement.

Course content

Some units are core and will always be taught such as:

  • Research
  • Pre-Production Techniques

Specialist Units will be chosen from:

  • Radio Drama
  • Radio News
  • Radio Features
  • Specialist Programme Production
  • Speech Package Production
  • Commercial Production
  • Music Programme Production

Entry requirements

To start any BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

In addition you should have GCSE English grade D. No previous knowledge of Radio required but you need to have an interest in developing these skills.


Exam Board – Edexcel / BTEC

Future opportunities

Many media students progress to careers in the media such as television, publishing or radio, or related areas such as advertising, marketing, events management, independent film production, corporate video work, and IT. The creativity and understanding of audiences is especially attractive to many mainstream businesses and organisations who require media ‘savvy’ people, such as local Councils and Arts organisations.

The course also allows progression to a range of degrees in similar and related areas, and combines excellently with a wealth of subjects within humanities, social sciences, and the creative industries. It is especially useful to Business students who wish to develop their own communication skills for the future, especially those with leadership and management ambition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years