This course is now closed for 2016 entry

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One of the UK’s best universities for radio, we’re ranked as a top 10 new university for media by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

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This course is now closed for 2016 and 2017 entry.

Become an expert in producing and presenting your own radio shows and podcasts. On this course, you will learn from experienced professionals who have worked across BBC, commercial and community radio. Developing, professionally, in placements such as 6 Music and Absolute Radio, you will hone your practical skills and get a hands-on feel for the industry. Benefit from your own industry mentor, helping you to progress in your chosen area of radio and audio.

In year one you’ll develop the core practical skills for production and presenting. Learn how to record, mix and edit sound, producing your own weekly live shows. In year two you’ll discover international radio. Create content across different genres, such as, radio drama, features, talk radio, and radio ads. Students also benefit from great guest lecturers at our annual Media Festival. This recently included a visit from industry giant Radio Centre and Kerrang!Radio.

Professional experience is a key element of the course to ensure you graduate ready for your career. Final year placements give you the practical skills and expertise to work in today's radio and audio industry. Recent destinations include Capital FM, BBC Bristol, Ministry of Sound, Heart and BBC Radio 1. Students have also broadcasted from festivals such as Wychwood and 2000trees, and have interviewed comedian Ricky Gervais for the university’s own radio station, Tone.

Study style

Learning from industry professionals, gain the skills required to create your own engaging radio content. Staff encourage experimentation in modules such as Experimental Audio and Collaborative Practice. You will also discover the full range of cross-platform skills involved in today's radio production and presentation, from blogs to vlogs and podcasting. In your final year, as well as doing an industry placement, you’ll write an extended essay on your own choice of topic, and study broadcast law.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeP30F


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  • Audio producer
  • Broadcast assistant
  • Demo producer

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    Student Focus

    Alex Jones

    My placement at Capital FM led to my job as demo producer for Global Radio.

    I produce commercial demos for brands like Capital and Heart FM and for clients like Disney and Lego. The experiences I gained on my degree gave me a head start getting into industry. I did a work placement at Capital FM which led to my job now. I was station manager for the student radio station, Tone. Learning was tailored to each individual. I love my job. I get up every day and feel excited for what's ahead.

    Industry links

    Students gain vital industry practice with local and national stations and broadcasters. Current final-year placement destinations include Capital FM, BBC Bristol, Heart and BBC Radio 1. Students also work on the university's radio station Tone, which recently interviewed Ricky Gervais and have provided radio skills training for a local youth initiative.

    Programme specifications

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    Staff Profile

    Julia Hayball

    "I’ve been freelance for more than eight years and I’m still working in the industry, making programmes for BBC Radio 3, 4, and 5live. I particularly loved working as a radio producer at BBC Radio 2 as it shed its unfashionable image and became the most listened to station in the country. It was exciting to work with new presenters to the network like Jonathan Ross and Stuart Maconie, and I’ve learned so much from established talent like Steve Wright and Johnnie Walker. I also won two prestigious Sony radio awards while I was there!"

    Dan Simpson radio graduate

    Work with our industry mentors to develop your career

    Individual mentors help you progress in your desired area of radio. Benefit from professional support from advisers such as successful graduate Dan Simpson, who is now an award-winning presenter who works on children’s radio station, Fun Kids.

    Work placements with the BBC and other national radio stations

    Our strong links with BBC and commercial radio have given recent students the opportunity to work for Capital FM, BBC Bristol, Ministry of Sound, Heart and BBC Radio 1. Many of our graduates progress into sough-after positions in the industry, as audio and radio professionals.

    Festival engagement radio crew

    Run your own station

    In addition to working on Tone, the university’s own radio station, students have broadcast live from festivals such as Wychwood and 2000trees. Radio students also run the annual fundraiser Glos-Tone-Beret, a two-day live music event showcasing up-and-coming local talent.

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