University of Chester

Programme Specification
Radio Production BA (Hons) (Combined Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours)

Radio Production

Radio Production [NEW]

University of Chester

University of Chester


Undergraduate Modular Programme


Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years

7 Years

Annual - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Media

Communications, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

Not applicable


Wednesday 20th March 2013

  • To produce graduates who have an informed and critical approach both to understanding radio production and the medium of radio.
  • To develop the cognitive potential of undergraduates through degree-level study focusing on the processes of radio production.
  • To encourage critical analysis and reflection on radio production and the medium of radio.
  • To provide necessary practical, transferable and subject skills to enable the graduate to work in a range of employment opportunities, including radio.
  • To provide a supportive and sequenced framework for students' learning.
  • To provide a degree that fulfils the criteria suggested in the relevant QAA subject standards and benchmarks.


Apply a range of practical operational approaches to Radio Production, selecting appropriately to suit contents and contexts. (ME4723, ME4736)


Demonstrate significant operational skills and techniques in Radio Production, in the broadcast studio and at locations remote from the studio, typically though not exclusively, as outside broadcasts. (ME5716, ME5717, ME5718)


Demonstrate considerable skills in relation to the conception, design and critical evaluation of current and emerging Radio Production forms and methodologies. (ME6722, ME6723, ME6724, ME6726) 


A fundamental understanding and application of key theoretical concepts of the medium of radio and the practical and regulatory possibilities and constraints relating to form, content and audience. (ME4723, ME4736)


Academic knowledge, reflection and understanding of radio production activities and roles, and the implications of decisions on content and form of radio. (ME5716, ME5717, ME5718) 


Academic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the management of Radio Production in various forms, the selection of appropriate operational techniques, and the effective leadership of Radio Production teams. (ME6722, ME6723, ME6724, ME6726) 



Application of studio, workstation and portable audio technology, working with others, working independently, problem identification and solutions, improving own learning and performance. (ME4723, ME4736)


Professional and industry knowledge and experience; self-directed learning skills; media literacy skills; career planning skills; capacity for critical reflection and self-knowledge; research and analytical skills. (ME5716, ME5717, ME5718)


Ability to work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity; gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in both radio audio forms and written, visual, oral and other forms; retrieve and generate information, and evaluate sources in carrying out independent research; organise and manage supervised, self-directed projects; deliver work to a given length, format, brief, and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and making use, as appropriate, of problem-solving approaches; career planning skills. (ME6722, ME6723, ME6724, ME6726)



Fundamental individual and group audio presentation skills, interview skills, written and oral communication. (ME4723, ME4736)


Advanced individual and group audio presentation skills, audio design skills; language writing skills; working with others; professional and social skills. (ME5716, ME5717, ME5718)


Communicate ideas and arguments convincingly and persuasively in inter-personal settings, in audio, orally, writing and in a variety of media; work strategically in a group or team, showing abilities at different times to lead, contribute and support effectively; team-working skills. (ME6722, ME6723, ME6724, ME6726) 



The programme offered is a combined honours subject programme studied over three years, full time. Modules are worth either 20 credits with 200 hours of associated teaching and learning, or 40 credits with 400 hours of teaching and learning. The proposed programme takes into account the National Occupational Standards, the benchmarking statements for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural studies and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The structure provides for the establishment and development of knowledge, skills and understanding of the medium of radio production and contemporary radio production practices situated within the political, social and economic factors with which they interact. Assessment of these modules will be through academically, personally and vocationally orientated outcomes designed to prepare the student for graduate level work and /or further study. At level 4 the student will gain exposure to a range of skills, practices and theories underpinning radio production. Level 5 will see the development and extension of these capabilities and the opportunity to apply them in professional, workplace contexts.

WB5004 (Learning in the Wider World) is similar in ambition to WB5101 but facilitates undertaking the work based learning placement at a location outside the United Kingdom. WB5004, although available to all students as an alternative to WB5101, must be applied for and participation is restricted to students who meet the criteria of interview, attendance and behaviour during Level 5. All students will be required to receive clearance from their PAT prior to departing on their overseas placement. Students must complete and have a Risk Assessment approved before they are eligible for this module.

WB5008, The Study Abroad Experience, will be offered as a complementary year of study abroad to students who have successfully completed their second-year of study (Level 5). Application will occur in January of Level 5. As such, students may be required to present evidence of successful completion of Level 4, satisfactory on-going assessment, academic references and attendance in order for their application to be accepted. Students must also complete a Risk Assessment to indicate that they are fully aware of the requirements for the exchange, university/college and destination that they are applying for.

Level 6 will provide opportunities for more critical questioning, synthesis and application in specialist areas. Through the three levels of graduated study students will have developed both subject specific and key/transferable skills applicable to a range of contexts.

Please note that ME6719 and ME6725 are only available for transnational delivery.

Level 4: 120 credits from:
ME4723 20 credits*
ME4736 40 credits*

Plus 60 credits from Combined Subject Area

Level 5: 120 credits from:
[Level 5 credits can be substituted for a full year exchange via the module WB5007 120 credits]
ME5717 20 credits*
ME5718 20 credits*

And, 60 credits from:
either ME5716 20 credits
or Combined Subject Area Modules (minimum 40 credits)
And, 20 credits from:
ME5703 20 credits (Experiential Learning),
Combined Subject Area Module 20-credits (Experiential Learning),
or WB5101 20 credits (Enhancing your Employability through Work-Based Learning)
or WB5004 20 credits (by application)

WB5008 The Study Abroad Experience 120 credits (non-award credits)

Level 6: 120 credits from:

Major - 80 credits from:

ME6719 20 credits***
ME6720 20 credits
ME6721 20 credits
ME6724 20 credits

ME6725 20 credits***
ME6726 20 credits
ME6722 40 credits**
ME6723 40 credits**
WB6001 40 credits**
Combined Subject 40 credits

Equal - 60 credits from:

ME6719 20 credits***
ME6720 20 credits
ME6721 20 credits
ME6724 20 credits

ME6725 20 credits***
ME6726 20 credits
ME6722 40 credits**
ME6723 40 credits**
WB6001 40 credits**
Combined Subject 60 credits

Minor - 40 credits from:

ME6719 20 credits***
ME6720 20 credits
ME6721 20 credits
ME6724 20 credits

ME6725 20 credits***
ME6726 20 credits
Combined Subject 80 credits

** Not combinable with each other

*** Transnational delivery only

Combined Honours only
Mod-Code Level Title Credit Major Equal Minor
ME4723 4 Radio Short Forms 20 Comp Comp Comp
ME4736 4 Radio Production Skills 40 Comp Comp Comp
ME5703 5 Experiential Project in Media 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME5716 5 Research for Professions, Practice and Academic Purposes 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME5717 5 Advanced Radio Production Skills 20 Comp Comp Comp
ME5718 5 Radio Sequence Programmes 20 Comp Comp Comp
WB5004 5 Learning in the Wider World 20 Optional Optional Optional
WB5007 5 International Exchange Module – Full academic year 120 Optional Optional Optional
WB5008 5 The Study Abroad Experience 120 Optional Optional Optional
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME6719 6 Creative Media Industries: Careers and Landscapes 20 N/A N/A N/A
ME6720 6 News: Agendas, Discourse and Commercialisation 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME6721 6 Understanding Celebrity Culture 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME6722 6 Media Academic Dissertation 40 Optional Optional N/A
ME6723 6 Media Production Dissertation 40 Optional Optional N/A
ME6724 6 Radio Production Projects 20 Optional Optional Optional
ME6726 6 Radio Management Projects 20 Optional Optional Optional
WB6001 6 Work-based Project (40 Credit) Module 40 Optional Optional N/A

  • 120 credits at Level 4 entitles the student to a Certificate of Higher Education
  • 240 credits by the end of Level 5 entitles the student to a Diploma of Higher Education
  • 360 credits by the end of Level 6 entitles the student to a Bachelor’s degree


UCAS points:

104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/CCC


BTEC National Diploma/Certificate: merit/distinction profile

Irish/Scottish Highers:

B in 4 subjects

International Baccalaureate:

26 points


QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma, Open College Units or Open University Credits


OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit/distinction profile

Extra Information:

The Advanced Diploma: acceptable on its own

Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our tariff offer

The Subject Benchmark Statements for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies are available on the QAA website ( The UK Standards Statements for Radio Production and Broadcast Journalism are available on the National Occupational Standards website ( This programme accords with the relevant Benchmarks and Occupational Standards and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme content provides for a broad knowledge of the radio industry and the role that it plays in the media and communications industries.

The Radio Production modules will engage students with, for example, understandings and knowledge of the processes linking production, distribution, circulation and consumption; key production processes and professional practices relevant to media, cultural and communicative industries, and of ways of conceptualising creativity and authorship, professional, technical and formal choices which realise, develop or challenge existing practices and traditions, and of the possibilities and constraints involved in production processes; the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that affect media and cultural production, manipulation, distribution, circulation, and consumption; how media, cultural and creative organisations operate, communicate and are managed; how in creative industries individuals, or collaborative project-oriented teams, are formed, operate and complete their work (Subject Benchmarks Section 4)

There are strong links at all levels with a range of the National Occupational Standards in Radio Content Creation, Law & Compliance for Broadcasting and Journalism, which are reflected in the modules' aims and learning outcomes.

The modes of learning and assessment will engender in students the ability to "consider and evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner, with reference to academic and/or professional issues, debates and conventions". (QAA Subject Benchmarks)

Students will progress through the programme, developing from a position of reliance and dependency on tutor guidance and support in the initial stages to a self-supporting, self-directed and autonomous approach to their studies. Students will increasingly be expected to demonstrate the ability to originate, research, assimilate, develop and critically review ideas and practices in accordance with level-related assessment criteria.

Level 4 study will provide opportunity for students to develop key and core skills, knowledge and understanding, thereby creating an effective platform from which greater autonomy, production skill and reflectivity may be evolved. Students, typically, will not work with external bodies at level 4 but will be evolving skills and practices relevant to a workplace environment. At level 5 and 6, students will engage with external companies through their production modules and experiential/work based learning, forging working relationships between themselves, the radio industry and the University. Level 6 study will also offer a major radio project based upon independent production work and research.

Students will experience a range of teaching and learning methods related - and relevant to - the acquisition of key and subject specific knowledge and skills. The curriculum and learning experiences offered to students are designed to reflect the specific aims, emphases and learning outcomes of the programme.

Students of this programme will benefit from a range materials and sources, from both academic and industry contexts cognate with the field of study. Learning opportunities will be via a selection of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials given by lecturers, visiting lecturers, external contacts and practicing radio professionals who will have first hand and current experience of the opportunities in radio for potential graduates and an ability to relate the course to prevalent contemporary practices and trends. Opportunities for active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection are therefore provided.

The Work Based Learning or experiential learning module at level 5 will also afford students the opportunity to develop skills in the workplace and other relevant environments. Reflection on their own and radio industry practices should enhance the students' knowledge and experience, enabling them to think critically and objectively about their chosen field.

As students progress through the levels of the programme they will be expected to become more independent in their learning and to develop the capacity for critical reflection. From the student point of view, the three levels of study can be considered to be foundational, developmental and independent in their nature. The increasing emphasis on student self-direction and self-responsibility will be reflected in the learning and teaching strategies and methods deployed.

Students will be expected to work independently outside timetabled teaching sessions. They will be provided with structured material for seminars and workshops and be expected to work individually and within groups, to successfully complete coursework and assignments. Students will be expected to keep up to date with current affairs and developments, especially in the medium of radio and they will be expected to read critically a wide range of media-related academic texts, newspapers, journals and magazines and engage with broad and narrowcast media.

Assessment on this programme is designed to provide feedback to students on their performance in order to shape future learning, to verify achievement in order that students can progress through and beyond the programme and to provide evidence for internal and external use for the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of the programme. In some stages of the programme, the formative role of assessment to help students learn may be as important as the summative assessment for certification.

The assessment strategy of this programme is based on the following assumptions and practices:

  • Assessment is acknowledged to be a major driver of student learning.
  • A variety of assessment practices will be employed in order to provide students with a range of opportunities to display intellectual, practical and transferable skills, and to accommodate the different learning styles of individual students.
  • Clear criteria for grading and the rules and regulations for assessment and awards will be available for all students throughout their programme.
  • Assessment at early stages of the programme will focus on evidencing the acquisition and development of foundation undergraduate knowledge, skills and understanding: later stages of the programme will focus on the demonstration of students' ability to independently synthesize advanced knowledge and skills. Assignments and projects at the start of the programme will be largely tutor determined. By level 6, students will have significant elements of self-determination in their coursework assessments and dissertation. 
  • Tutors delivering the programme have explored and discussed maps of module aims, learning outcomes and assessments across the programme during the programme's design process in order to understand how their module assessments complement others in the programme and to develop equivalences in assessment weightings and balances.

In the writing of this programme, the team has been mindful of the graduate characteristics detailed in the benchmarking statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies. Though these are specific aims, it is understood that it would be unlikely for any one programme of study to achieve all of them. However, a course that has at its core, the synergy between theory and practice, relating critical and reflective thinking to the professional practice of radio production, is likely to achieve many of them.

Typically, students graduating within this programme will display:

  • Substantial knowledge of radio forms and processes;
  • Skills in critical analysis, research, production and communication appropriate to the learning tasks set by their programme, as well as an array of generic and creative radio skills.

Graduates of this programme will be equipped with a mix of effective key and transferable skills aligned with radio industry-specific methodologies and practices. The ability to critically analyse, apply knowledge in a wider context and present arguments in a coherent and appropriate way are skills valued by employers. Further, they will have broad knowledge of the central role that radio plays, along with the ability to explore issues arising.

The programme has been devised to provide students with the skills and knowledge required by the media creative industries and associated agencies and also enable them to undertake further study. The skills and knowledge mix explored within the three years of the programme will maintain the overall paradigm of a synergy between theory and practice. The many and varied radio industry relationships that the department fosters and enjoys will allow for close and positive working relationships to continue with local, regional and national radio practitioners and radio outlets.

The programme is therefore responsive to the needs of a range of employers associated with radio; the wider media, communications and creative industries; and other areas such as journalism, PR, management training, publishing, teaching, government and, of course, further study.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.


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