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NCFE Level 1 Award in Radio (January 2018)

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

You will have the opportunity to explore the basics of the radio industry, working on practical tasks and activities as well as recording theoretical evidence whilst developing your skills in the college's radio studio.

Job opportunities open to you after the Level 1 programme would be in a voluntary capacity working in community or hospital radio stations.

Progression after this programme could be on to the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Radio(evening programme) or on to the Level 2 Media programme (daytime programme)

Overview of the course: 

The NCFE Level 1 Award in Radio covers an introduction to the Radio Industry.

There are four units to complete across the programme, one of which is mandatory and the remaining three are optional from a list of five optional unit choices.

Learners will access the college's radio studio and work to prepare, produce and broadcast a playlist; will experience the role of the Presenter and review their selections.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements to access this qualification, however a keen interest in radio would be an advantage.


The programme is 'learner responsive' which means that we build projects around the learners who have chosen the programme. You will be given guidance and support to explore the units and will cover recording, editing and producing a piece for radio.

You may also explore the ole of the Presenter, Researcher, Production Assistant or other employment opportunities within the industry.

There may be the opportunity to interview a Radio Producer and access a visit to a regional radio station.

How is the course assessed?: 

Each unit is graded 'Pass' or 'Not Yet Achieved' and you must complete all four units to achieve the qualification.

The course is assessed by the tutor, before being internally and then externally verified by a visiting examiner.

Assessment will include tutor and peer observation as well as recordings of learner work. Video, theoretical and photographic evidence will also form part of the assessment process.

Further study options after this course: 

Progression after this programme could be on to the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Radio(evening programme) or on to the Level 2 Media programme (daytime programme).

Length of the course: 

The NCFE Level 1 Award in Radio will run between January and June 2018 for one evening each week.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

The course will commence in January 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19+ years old you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

Learners under 25 years old with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan will not pay fees.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (27 Feb 2018 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

Other comments by students on this course are;

‘Staff are great, equipment is good and there's lots to do’
‘Really enjoying the course and learning about the media industry. We have used cameras around College and been in the tv studio’

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