Advanced Certificate in Digital Radio Production


One Year Full-time


Level 6 QQI Award Media Production (6M5130)

Course Aims

Radio is a medium that is adapting to the new digital age. Whether the learner is interested in traditional broadcasting or the world of online radio, these courses are designed to give the learner the best chances to acquire the skills needed to compete in this dynamic field of modern media production.

Working with the latest digital resources, learners will learn from a team of radio professionals to produce a range of items including music shows, news bulletins, studio and location recordings and podcasts, Learners will also become part of the team that runs The Wave, DFEi's radio station.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Level 5 QQI Award in Radio Production or equivalent
• Degree Graduates
• Applications are welcome from learners with relevant experience in this area

Course Modules

• Broadcasting Presentation Skills
• Radio Techniques
• Radio Documentary Production
• Radio News Broadcasting
• Journalistic Research Skills
• Media Industry Awareness
• Media Ethics and Legal Framework
• Personal and Professional Development
• Communications

DFEi Radio Profile: Adrian Smyth & the Wave 107.8FM

Adrian is the Co-ordinator of the radio courses in the Media Department at Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi), and he oversees the running of the college radio station The Wave.
The studios at DFEi have state-of-the-art facilities with technology similar to that found in the commercial radio workplace. “One of the main considerations is that we use microphones, sound desks, recording and playout software that are industry standard, so that students are equipped and ready to go into the workplace when they leave here” Adrian commented.
The Wave is licenced by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and is broadcast on 107.8FM. It is a temporary, short-range FM licence for organisations like schools, colleges and temporary arts events, and the signal reaches a 5-6 mile radius in Dún Laoghaire and surrounding areas.
Adrian works with the students to help them put their programmes together, both at the planning stage and at the technical stage, but once The Wave is on air, it is run by a student management team. 
Adrian also teaches politics and news writing skills for journalism at DFEi, but his industry experience is in radio. In 1995, he won a competition to train as a documentary maker in RTÉ and over the next few years he produced half a dozen documentaries for RTÉ Radio 1. Adrian has also worked as station manager and broadcaster with Midlands 103 in Mullingar and Tullamore. Although Adrian has worked in all sectors of broadcasting in Ireland, he says the work he enjoyed the most was the documentary work he did with RTÉ. “Creatively, it was probably the high-point of my life in broadcasting”, he said.
Adrian’s advice for anyone thinking of attending a radio course is to look carefully at the content of the course, as there are many different types of radio and different ways to make radio. And his advice for someone going into the workplace? “Keep up with technology developments and convergence” [the idea that all the various media are coming together under one roof: video, radio, print media, online]. “All of those strands of media are beginning to converge and as a radio presenter, you now need to be a little bit skilled in all of those areas as well.”
The Wave returns in 2017 and can be heard around Dún Laoghaire on 107.8FM and online at

This article was written by Judy Williams, Class of 2016. 


Adrian Smyth - Course Co-ordinator, DFEi.


Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificates and degree programmes at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.


Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

BA in Media Studies (MH109)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
BA in TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting (TL802)
Advanced entry into 2nd Year
Institute of Technology Tralee
For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.


Career Paths

Radio courses at DFEi provide you with entry level skills in radio broadcasting and production techniques and are suited to those seeking employment in the commercial radio sector. Graduates can be found working as producers, presenters, researchers and sound operators across a range of radio stations in Ireland and abroad.