Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Radio is prospering thanks to its ability to adapt to new forms of consumption and is being transformed for the next generation of listeners. Our degree in Radio and Digital Production prepares you for all aspects of this amazing medium, from producing audio for new platforms, to creating your own pop-up radio station.

Our students tell us they like the location of the campus - right on the doorstep of the London media industries, our professional-standard equipment (including a brand new studio) and the range of modules to choose from. We also offer a tightly-knit and supportive learning community.

The course teaches you to produce audio and digital content for a variety of broadcast platforms, using the latest technology. Practical production work is also complemented by academic scholarship in media theory.

Our lecturers are among the top names in their field, and together we will help you develop the necessary skills in entrepreneurship and employability, to prepare you for the workplace. Our recent graduates have gone to work for the BBC and the commercial radio sector (as broadcast assistants and producers, studio managers and presenters), as well as setting up in digital and social media.

Our approach is to provide you with all the practical skills you need to work in radio, audio and multimedia production. We combine this with the development of your entrepreneurial skills, so that every practical piece of work is based around pitch and commission, culminating in an individual project where you create and curate audio for an outside organisation. Another key aspect of the degree focuses on the development of your ability to analyse and communicate ideas relating to theoretical debates across the media. Your understanding of the social, political and economic context within which the media operates will help you produce a major piece of original research in your final year.

Learning takes place through a combination of face-to-face teaching – lectures, workshops, seminars, and small group and one-to-one sessions – and guided independent study on group projects, individual assignments, research tasks and preparation.

The course is based at the recently refurbished Harrow Campus – home to Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design – where you will work alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a unique hothouse of creative opportunity.

Course structure

We start with introductory skills in audio and digital production, teaching you how to record, edit and mix live and pre-recorded items, in sound, video and for web content. You will also learn how to operate a studio desk and become proficient in a variety of production roles. At the same time, we teach wider production skills including research, legal, ethical and compliance issues and how to pitch ideas. We also teach you how to critique the aesthetic qualities of audio and the creative use of sound from a theoretical perspective, alongside the social, political and economic significance of media institutions. Subjects of study include:

  • Audio Lab
  • Digital Lab
  • Sound Cultures
  • Media and Globalisation
  • Media and Society

Optional Modules include:

  • Bulletins and Blogs
  • Celebrity Culture and the Media

Credit Level 4

You will work on a range of production projects, both individual and group-based. In particular you will learn about music scheduling, playlisting and commercial music formats by producing a series of live music programmes, which include radio commercials, outside broadcasts and social media content. You will also produce an individual project focussing on storytelling, which combines audio with other digital artefacts. You will be able to choose from a range of other radio options, such as Talk Radio, along with a menu of modules from the Faculty and University.

Subjects of study include:

  • Digital Story Telling
  • Music Radio
  • Theories of Media and Communication

Optional modules include:

  • Advertising and Promotional Culture
  • Creative Encounters
  • Creativity
  • Cultural Industries and Media Markets
  • Information Society
  • Researching Media and Communication
  • Sex, Violence and Censorship
  • Talk Radio

Credit Level 5

In your final year, you and your cohort will create a ‘pop-up’ radio station, which will broadcast on the internet for an extended period. You will make key decisions about the audience, the character and the music policy of the station. You will also be responsible for marketing, launching and running the station, which will include a range of live output as well as complementary audio-visual content and social media. You will also work on an individual project, developing your entrepreneurial skills to secure a commission to produce audio and digital content for a client, and create a portfolio of your work as part of our employability module. Core modules include:

  • Pop-Up Station
  • Professional Practice and Employability
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Dissertation / Extended Essay

Optional modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Media Policy
  • Producing Audio Drama
  • Transforming Audiences

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Programme Recognition

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the creative industries.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSE.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing.

Selected candidates will be interviewed by staff and students.

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  • A Levels – BBC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSE.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing.

Selected candidates will be interviewed by staff and students.

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Careers

This course prepares you for a variety of roles in the radio/audio industries and related areas. Our recent graduates have gone to work for the BBC and the commercial radio sector (as broadcast assistants and producers, studio managers and presenters), as well as setting up in digital and social media. These are some of the recent destinations for students leaving our course:

  • BBC Radio 1
  • BBC Radio 2
  • BBC 1Xtra
  • BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Radio 5live
  • Somethin’ Else
  • Wise Buddah
  • BBC Radio London
  • Smooth Radio
  • LBC
  • Classic FM
  • talkSPORT
  • Fubar
  • Monocle 24
  • Soho Radio
  • Radar Radio

All students on this course complete our work experience module, to help them prepare for the transition into the workplace. Skills covered include CV writing, marketing oneself, writing applications and preparing for a job interview. You’ll also complete a short work placement, in a media-related role. Recent students have found placements at:

  • A1 Vox Ltd (voice over studio)
  • Somethin’ Else
  • BBC Radio Nottingham
  • Pure Tonic
  • LBC
  • Radio Verulum
  • BBC Radio Ulster
  • Avalon
  • Channel Four
  • BBC 6 Music
  • BBC Radio London
  • Tonic Productions / BBC 5live
  • Absolute Radio
  • AudioBoom
  • Heart
  • Rinse FM
  • TalkSport
  • Folded Wing
  • Radar Radio
  • Monocle 24
  • Radio Gorgeous
  • Reprezent 107.3FM
  • Soho Radio

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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Radio and Digital Production 2017

In this short video, learn what's on offer to Radio students at Westminster.

University of Westminster Smoke Radio

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Our student radio station has been nominated for the last five consecutive years at the national Student Radio Awards, and has won an impressive four Golds, three Silvers and Four bronzes.

What our students say

Charlotte Powell

Studying Radio Production at the University of Westminster has been invaluable to my career as a Radio Producer. It provided the foundation and core skills I needed to get me a job at a national radio brand. The calibre of guest speakers and course contributors (ranging from the BBC to Capital FM) was exceptional; we were learning from the best! One of the most useful things for me was the studios and software, which are identical to those I have used in a professional capacity.

Steve McIntosh

The course was a great introduction to the radio industry - it opened our eyes to all the different possible careers and prepared us for professional work. I was particularly interested in getting into current affairs, so putting together news programmes for course modules and doing reports for Smoke Radio were invaluable experiences. The people I met at university were great too - the tutors were helpful and encouraged us and the friendships I made have lasted long beyond graduation.

Jamie King

The University of Westminster gave me a passion for radio, which I’ve transferred and taken into my career. The skills learnt on the course were vital in my step-up from University, straight into the industry. Everything from the contacts to production techniques put me well ahead of the pack in a very competitive world. And with the University being in London, the heart of the media industry, this was paramount to where I am now.

Student success

Student achievement by Smoke Radio has been recognised by the Student Radio Association at their annual awards. These are our winners:

2016

Silver: Best Multiplatform Initiative for Smoke Radio’s coverage of National Student Pride

Bronze: Station of the Year

2015

Smoke Radio was crowned the Best Student Radio station of the year.

Student Joe Ovenall won Gold for Best Student Feature at the annual Charles Parker Awards

2014

Third year Adam Allinson won Gold for Best Student Feature at the annual Charles Parker Awards

2013

Miri Green won Bronze in the category Best Speech Programme for 'A Seaside Town'.

2012

Smoke Radio won Gold in the Best Speech category for Rhianne Boland’s feature, ‘Hello, I’m Half Caste’.

The same feature also won Silver at the 2012 Charles Parker Prize for Best Student Feature.

2011

Smoke Radio was nominated twice in the Specialist Music category - one for John Cadigan's ‘World Music Show’ and another for Frank McWeeney's ‘French Toast’.

‘French Toast’ brought home Smoke Radio's Gold of the night, while Natalie Holiday won Silver and Sam Foster's ‘2UP’ also won Silver in the speech category.

2010

Smoke won a bronze award for Best Marketing and Branding. They were also nominated for Best Outside Broadcast, Best Interview, and Best Speech Based Programme.

2009

Smoke won two Gold Awards for Best Marketing and Branding and Best Outside Broadcast, the latter being for ‘Smoke's Summer Send-Off’ - a week-long broadcast during the final week of the academic year. They were also nominated for Best Station and Best Technical Achievement.

2008

Smoke Radio picked up a Bronze Award for Best Interview, for an interview with broadcaster and Westminster alumnus Danny Wallace; and the Gold Award for Best Newcomer was awarded to Dan Roberts.

2006

Smoke Radio won the Gold Award for Best Journalistic Programming and two Bronze Awards for Best Marketing and Station Sound and Best Station.

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