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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. Over nine engaging months, your journey will take you from all aspects of production to presenting and making podcasts.


Point Blank’s radio & audio courses have started the careers of scores of radio professionals who now work in many areas of the radio & audio industry. Presenting and/or producing on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 5live, Radio 4, Virgin Radio, Capital, Classic FM and Rinse FM; as well as leading production companies such as Somethin'Else and Folded Wing, and producing podcasts for Netflix, Sony, Universal, Acast and more.

With Point Blank, you can learn the skills you need to work in the ever-expanding radio & audio industry.

Study at our state-of-the-art facilities in Shoreditch, with small class sizes designed to get you the best engagement with our expert lecturers.

Expand your skills in an environment that prepares you for a career in radio & audio.

Learn on industry-standard equipment and software such as Adobe Audition and Myriad.

Engage with the wider Point Blank community with free masterclasses, events and other networking opportunities.

Our students also host and produce their own radio shows and podcasts as part of their learning experience. You can listen to Point Blank Presents on Hoxton Radio, or download Point Blank Stories on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Apply now and kick-start your career in radio.

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.

Please note that this programme is subject to validation by Middlesex University.

Key Info

Duration 1 Year
Available start dates 2022
  • 3 October
UCAS code WW9D
Have questions? Check the FAQ's for quick answers.

Learn more about the radio courses on offer at Point Blank

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

Modules

Teaching & Learning

On our higher education programmes you will be taught through a variety of small intimate lectures and workshops. 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 with custom resources to support your lectures.
  • Our state of the art facilities and private practise / study across two campuses.
  • 1-2-1 sessions with academics and studio lab assistants (up to five per week depending on availability).
  • Value added workshops with academics and industry professionals.

Each academic level consists of 120 credits and we expect students to study approximately 10 hours per credit. Each module is worth 20 credits and students are expected to study 10 hours per week per module (4 hours of lectures and 6 hours of independent learning).

Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of learning and you may hear it referred to as formative or summative:

  • Formative assessment (exercise) is designed to give you feedback on your performance and how it can be improved as you study at Point Blank. Formative assessment is an important part of the learning process and has been shown to help students improve both their grades and their learning style.
  • Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of a module and therefore the grade you will be awarded. Learning outcomes are the specific skills and knowledge that you are expected to demonstrate as a result of taking a module.

Most students show themselves to be stronger in some assessment types than others. To make it possible for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to the best of their abilities, a wide range of assessment types is offered. Students will be asked to produce work in a wide variety of formats including: compositions, creative projects, written work, report, performances, presentations, 1-2-1 discussions, recordings and timed composition briefs. The assessment breakdown for this programme is approximately:

  • 60% practical work 
  • 5% presentations
  •  
  •  35% written work 

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. This will initially be assessed through your personal statement which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. The Admissions Team will look at the merits of each application, taking the following evidence into consideration: personal statement, predicted or previously attained grades, examples of work, references, and relevant work experience. Applicants may also be asked to complete a written exercise and/or attend an interview. Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set between:

  • A Level:  BBC – BCC
  • BTEC:  DMM – MMM

Applicants without formal music / music technology qualifications or who have achieved academic qualifications lower than the typical conditional offer may be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience. This will initially be assessed through your personal statement which should detail any previous study or relevant experience in music. 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
£25 reg fee + £6,000 per year
£25 reg fee + £2,000 per term
Monthly instalment plans are subject to a nominal fee already included in the price above. 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. 

FREE WITH COURSE

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

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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