Digital Radio Production


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Radio Production (5M4511)

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:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

• Radio Programme Production
• Voice Production for Broadcasting
• Sound Engineering and Production
• Media Analysis
• Event Production
• Legal Practice and Procedures
• Political Studies
• Communications
• Work Experience

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Radio Broadcasting at DFEi

Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry 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 Creative Digital Media (TA022)
Institute of Technology Tallaght
Bachelor of Arts (MH101)
BA in Media Studies (MH109)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
BA in Journalism (DT582)
BA in Film and Broadcasting (DT504)
Dublin Institute of Technology
BA in Communications (DC131)
BA in Law and Politics (DC258)
BA in Politics and Media (DC265)
Dublin City University
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 learners 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.