Course Overview

All of our Radio training courses lead to the chance to undertake the NCFE Level 1 Award in Radio, and you can take the journey at your own pace, by doing any of our training modules.

We use a credit system to achieve the Award and for each module finished you receive credits.

In order to achieve the Award you need to have gained 60 credits spread across the following units.

  1. Record, edit and produce audio for radio (30 credits)
  2. Develop and use radio presentation skills (10 credits)
  3. Develop and use radio news research skills (10 credits)
  4. Develop and use radio production assistant skills (10 credits)

You can achieve the credits by combining our modules in the following ways:

Modules

Introductory Weekend Module – 1 Day (7 credits – Mandatory)

A weekend course focused on achieving a foundation in the knowledge you need to complete the Award. This is your starting point and finishing this course is a prerequisite for doing further modules.

Introductory Weekend Module (14 credits – Mandatory)

A weekend course focused on achieving a foundation in the knowledge you need to complete the Award. This is your starting point and finishing this course is a prerequisite for doing further modules.

Advanced Weekend Module (14 credits)

An optional preparation weekend course for finalising your Award assignments. We also run a preparatory weekend course for involvement in Christmas FM and Halloween FM

On Air Radio Day – 1 Day Module (7 credits)

A 1 day course (held mostly at weekends) where an experiential approach leads to developing and using the skills needed to advance the 4 modules. On each day you will be presenting and producing a live online training radio station, and will take on multiple roles including Presenter, News, Sport, Traffic and Travel, Production and Entertainment.

On Air Radio Evening – Evening Module (4 credits)

An evening course (held on Tuesday evenings) where an experiential approach leads to developing and using the skills needed to advance the 4 modules. On each evening you will be presenting and producing a live online training radio station, and will take on multiple roles including Presenter, News, Sport, Traffic and Travel, Production and Entertainment.

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Achieving the Award

You will have access to an Online Learning Management System on which you will track your progress by finishing Online Assignments for each module. These can be done in your own time.

You always start with the weekend – 1 day module or the weekend module (14 credits) and then by doing a combination of the other modules, you will build your knowledge and practical experience to a level where you can apply for the Award. Your assignments will then be assessed and if you have achieved the learning outcomes required, the award will be given.

You will also earn a certificate of completion for each module undertaken.

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 60
Guided learning hours (GLH): 60
Credit value: 60
Level: 1
Assessment requirements: internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of evidence

Learning Outcomes

Unit 01 Record, edit and produce audio for radio

The learner will:

1 Know how to record audio for radio

The learner can:

1.1 Outline how sound behaves in different environments
1.2 Identify resource requirements for an audio recording
1.3 Outline key types of microphone, their storage and handling
1.4 Record audio using a recording device
1.5 Review the finished audio

The learner will:

2 Be able to edit an audio recording

The learner can:

2.1 Open digital audio files in a chosen editing software
2.2 Perform simple editing operations to meet the radio production
requirements
2.3 Save edited audio and export to back-up storage

The learner will:

3 Understand radio production terminology and legalities

The learner can:

3.1 Identify terminology used with radio production
3.2 Outline copyright issues that may affect use of media in radio
production
3.3 Locate, download and playback a legitimate audio file

The learner will:

4 Be able to work safely

The learner can:

4.1 Outline appropriate safe working practices

Unit 02 Develop and use radio presentation skills

The learner will:

1 Be able to present a radio item

The learner can:

1.1 Write a short script for a straightforward programme item covering
familiar subject materials
1.2 Present a radio item
1.3 Meet relevant radio broadcast laws and station guidelines
governing presentation style and content
1.4 Review the programme item against production
requirements/expectations

Unit 03 Develop and use radio news research skills

The learner will:

1 Be able to contribute to the creation of news reports

The learner can:

1.1 Write text for a news report
1.2 Develop a news programme schedule
1.3 Identify sources for news item research
1.4 Research straightforward news items covering familiar subjects
1.5 Present items for a news-based radio programme

Unit 04 Develop and use radio production assistant skills

The learner will:

1 Be able to carry out the roles and responsibilities of a radio

production assistant to support the creation of a radio programme

The learner can:

1.1 Carry out programme research activity
1.2 Contribute to the care and management of guests and contributors
1.3 Ensure that resources used in the production of radio programmes
are available to the production team when required
1.4 Assist in the radio programme production process as defined by
the roles and responsibilities typical of the station type
1.5 Evaluate their role as part of the production process

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