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PB Students at BBC Radio 1 Xtra

CertHE Radio, Audio and Podcasting

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Overview

This online course is a comprehensive and immersive learning experience in audio production, radio broadcasting and presenting. If you’re looking to begin a career in radio and podcasting, this course is made for you.

Point Blank’s radio & audio courses have kick-started the careers of many radio professionals including the likes of Gemma Cairney and Monki (BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music). Our past students have also gone on to produce for 1Xtra, 5live, Radio 4, Virgin Radio, Capital, Classic FM and Rinse FM, and leading production companies such as Somethin'Else and Folded Wing. Not to mention our students who are now producing podcasts for Netflix, Sony, Universal, Acast and more!


With Point Blank’s Radio, Audio and Podcasting course, you can learn all the skills you need to work in the ever-expanding radio & audio industry while studying at our state-of-the-art facilities in Shoreditch. You’ll be learning from industry professionals, and learning on industry-standard software such as Adobe Audition and Myriad. At Point Blank, we make it our priority to connect our students to the music industry to give you a head-start in your career.

We are proud to be ahead of the curve in delivering a fantastic student experience whether on campus or online and are happy to include all the exclusive features for students listed  here .

Key Info

Duration 1 Year
Available start dates 2023
  • 2 October
UCAS code WW9D
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Learn more about the radio courses on offer at Point Blank

Track breakdown of 'Feel the Love' with Rudimental

Swarzy Macaly from Kiss FM shares her tips to getting into radio

Deconstruction: the Weeknd - 'Blinding Lights' w/ Ski Oakenfull in Ableton Live 11

Modules

Teaching and Learning HE Online

On our higher education/degree programmes you will be taught through a variety of masterclasses and regular 1-2-1 Tutorials with your lecturer and support sessions. When not attending these sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently. Independent learning is about taking control of your work and deciding what you need to know and deciding how you are going to study.


During this time you can take advantage of:

  • Our award-winning Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with bespoke downloadable resources and video content to support your lectures.
  • Studio Lab Time - personal support from our Studio Lab Assistants on your work.
  • Masterclasses and workshops with music industry professionals.

A degree course consists of academic levels consisting of 120 credits. Each module is worth 20 credits and students are expected to study 10 hours per week per module (lectures, 1-2-1s and independent learning).

Assessment

Assessment is how we gauge your success on a course. You will be expected to take part in the following types of assessment during this course:


1. Exercises – these are designed to give you feedback on your performance and to help you improve as you study at Point Blank.

2. Assignments - these are designed to measure what you have achieved during a module and therefore the grade you will be awarded.

To make it possible for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to the best of their abilities, students will be asked to produce work in varying formats depending on your course including compositions, creative projects, written work, reports, performances, presentations, 1-2-1 discussions, recordings and timed music industry-based briefs.

Expert Lecturers

Michael Bailey Radio

Resident DJ for Goldie's Metalheadz label, presenter at 1Xtra, Radio 1 & Ministry of Sound. Recorded/remixed for Goldie, Roni Size, Guy Called Gerald, Trey Songz, Chipmunk, Nas & Damian Marley.

Frank McWeeny Radio

Frank is an audio & technical producer for BBC Radio & Podcasts. His work has been heard by millions of listeners across BBC World Service, Radio 1, Radio 4 and BBC Sounds. He also presents Global Dancefloor on a variety of independent stations and platforms.

Lindsay Wesker Music Industry

Active in the music industry since the 80's with extensive A&R, DJ and broadcast experience with Kiss FM and MTV. Self-published novel about the industry and presents a weekly show on mi-soul.com.

Mark Brocklesby Advanced Recording & Mixing

Mark runs Big Smoke Studios and is a recording engineer, mix engineer, musician, producer and lecturer with over 20 years of professional experience and industry practice.

John Farley (J-Fresh) Radio

J-Fresh is a BBC Radio 1Xtra mix resident, Ministry of Sound music curator, DJ, Broadcaster and Producer with support from BBC Radio 1, Mixmag, GRM Daily & Spotify Editorials.

Career Opportunities

 

  • Radio producer
  • Audio producer
  • Technical producer
  • Social & digital producer

 

  • Radio presenter
  • Podcast presenter
  • Music curator
  • Podcast curator

 

  • Assistant producer
  • Content assistant
  • Production assistant
  • Researcher

 

There were lots of chances to make friends and go out to different stations like the BBC. I now work for Capital FM on the promotional team. I’m slowly working my way to be on the air but it’s a start. - Emily, Radio graduate

Entry Requirements

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme. Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set from:

  • A Level:  CC
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma:  MPP


If you don't have formal qualifications, don't worry, applicants without formal qualifications may still be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience.

We will initially assess your personal statement which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. Then the Admissions Team will look at the merits of each application by taking the following evidence into consideration: predicted or previously attained grades, examples of work and relevant work experience. Applicants who do not meet the typical entry requirements may also be asked to attend an interview.

Click here for more information on our entry requirements, international qualifications and how to apply.

Global Alumni

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.

Claude VonStroke

Dirtybird boss Claude says: "I took a class with Point Blank in Ableton Live. It was awesome learning bass production!" The bass don was recently voted the No.1 DJ in USA! Watch him review PB above.

Leona Lewis

Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."

Pete Tong

Godfather of Dance Music and long-time friend of Point Blank Pete Tong, founder of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix and worldwide DJ superstar, learned Native Instruments Maschine with the team here in London.

Goldie

We taught Goldie something he didn't know already - Ableton Live! The legend drops in from time to time & recently invited PB students to a VIP drum recording session at Assault & Battery studios.

Patrick Topping

'The World's Biggest Tech House Producer!' Secured three Beatport #1s: ‘Get Beasty’, ‘Forget’ & ‘Voicemail’. Also owns two DJ Awards & DJ Mag’s ‘Best Tune’. Championed by Pete Tong & Annie Mac.

Madam X

DJ, label head, club impresario. Mixing grime, techno, bass, garage, Madam X is adept at playing huge crowds or 100-cap basements. Hosts shows on Radio 1, Rinse & NTS. She is multi-faceted and unique.

Arjun

With 1,500,000 Facebook followers, Sri-Lankan born Arjun is a South Asian pop superstar. His single ‘I’ll Be Waiting” charted at #1 on iTunes India and spent 30 weeks on the BBC Asian Download Chart.

Spoony

Spoony is a legend in UK dance music having brought garage to the masses in 2000 as part of the Dreem Team. He's since gone on to become a staple on Five Live but proved he's always learning by enrolling at PB!

Fees & Funding

Fees
£6,000 per year
£2,000 per term
See details during the enrolment process.

Being an undergraduate student involves two main expenses: tuition fees and living costs. Students can either choose to pay for their course privately, or alternatively, all of our higher education programmes are eligible for Student Finance loans. Eligible students may be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the total tuition fee (please note that Student Finance maintenance funding is not normally available for distance learning courses). For students wishing to pay privately, we have a number of payment plans available, including annual and termly instalments. Click here for more information on fees and funding options available. 

Scholarships & Bursaries

Point Blank is committed to making music education accessible to people of all backgrounds. We are delighted to offer our scholarships, bursaries and funds to support this commitment. These include a range of awards that aim to nurture talent as well as provide access to higher education for specific under-represented groups in higher education.

You can find a range of scholarships, bursaries and funds on offer by accessing our dedicated scholarships page.

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  • FREE radio equipment including: Aiaiai 
  • TMA 2 professional studio headphones
  • Adobe Audition (12 month licence)
  • Tascam digital recorder
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