Podcasting and Presenting for Digital Media

Level 5 QQI Award


This is a Full-time one year course, which runs from September to May, 3 days a week.


This new course aims to skill its students in the technical and performance skills required to produce creative and engaging podcasts for streaming and broadcast. Students will learn how to set up their own home studio to produce material and how to critically evaluate content.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP, LCA) or equivalent
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award (or equivalent)
  • For Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Note: Mature applicants may be entitled to VTOS funding. For details about VTOS, please contact the college.

Course Modules

  • Media Analysis
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Voice Production for Broadcasting
  • Sound Engineering and Production
  • Digital Movie Processing
  • Event Production
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
Module Information

Module Information

Podcasting and Presenting For Digital Media                   

Media Production 5M18518

Portfolio and Pre Higher Education Level, 6, 7 & 8 Course


Media Analysis (5N1298)

If you have ever wondered why some stories dominate the headlines and other go under the radar, Media Analysis will help you to understand what makes a story newsworthy. This component considers who owns and controls the media, who frames the message, and asks the question; how savvy are the audience? Are the audience easily manipulated, or can they identify media bias? You will also learn about current media legislation, and reflect on the legal, ethical and moral responsibilities of media practitioners. This module aims to make us better and more effective producers of media content.

Assessment: Project (60%) and Exam (40%)


Radio Programme Production (5N1379)

Radio Programme Production: Working individually and in programme teams, you will produce a range of items for radio including jingles, studio interviews, location reports and magazine programmes – all in a fully-digital recording, editing and broadcasting environment.

Assessment: Assignment (30%); Portfolio/Collection of Work (50%); Exam (20%).


Voice Production for Broadcasting (5N0638)

Your voice is your best tool when it comes to broadcasting on radio and other digital audio platforms. Through a series of tasks that focus on breathing and presentation techniques, this module helps you develop your vocal style to its maximum potential.

Assessments: Two Projects (80%); Assignment (20%)


Sound Engineering and Production (5N1900)

Gain the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a typical recording studio environment. Learn how to work effectively in a live sound or location recording scenario.

Assessment: Skills Demonstration (60%), Examination - Theory (40%).


Digital Movie Processing (5N1605)

Aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to utilise tools to produce content using modern digital processing techniques and utilise key production methods in digital movie processing. Learners will explore through a range of tasks executed on Adobe Premiere Pro how to realise various treatments and fx, including motion and key effects, while effectively managing their project and source files. A portfolio piece (30-90 second video) will be produced by each student which demonstrates their new skills as part of the module.

Assessment: Collection of Work (40%) and Project (60%)


Event Production (5N1374)

This module equips the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and stage an event covering areas such as understanding a client brief, roles of responsibility, scheduling, risk assessment, budgeting, logistics, promotions and communicating effectively as part of a team. Having completed this module the learner will be able to project manage events of different scales and types including live music concerts.

Assessment: Project (40%), Skills Demonstration (30%), Learner Record (30%).


Communications (5N0690)

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in standard everyday tasks and work-related situations, operating independently and under general supervision.

Assessment: Collection of Work (50%) and Skills Demonstration (50%)


Work Experience (5N1356)

You will prepare for work placement in a relevant vocational area through an evaluation of your skills set, the development of a CV, and an understanding of current workplace legislation. An integral part of this component is developing the skills required for a successful job search; therefore is it your responsibility to secure your placement. On completion of your Work Placement of at least 10 days (or 60 hours), you will reflect, review and consider your future career options.

Assessment: Collection of Work (60%) and Skills Demonstration (40%)


  • Level 5 QQI Award Media Production (5M18518)

Special Features

This is a very practical course enabling the student to develop a personal portfolio of work; structured and produced to radio, and podcasting streaming industry standards. Students will use a professional Radio Studio, Avid Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, and, Adobe Premiere, practice and techniques. 

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.

Free Full Suit of Adobe Creative Cloud Software for all students on this course for one year to facilitate assessment work.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Work Experience is mandatory for all of our full-time Level 5 courses. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information

Learners will produce a portfolio of materials from their course work in Radio, Voice Production and Digital Movie Processing which may be used for application to the IADT and other Higher Education Institutes.


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Portfolio/Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examinations - Written or Practical
  • Project

A full major award is granted on passing the relevant eight components.  On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a pass, a merit or a distinction grade. See www.qqi.ie for more details

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Television and Digital Film or the Sound Engineering/Sound Production Level 6 in DFEi.

Elsewhere:  Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities using their full QQI Level 5 major award. Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. It is the students' responsibility to consult with the relevant HEI for information on the admissions process and any specific entry requirements. Students may also refer to the individual HEI prospectus or may also refer to the QQI section of the CAO website. www.cao.ie

Examples of CAO progression opportunities are listed below.

Progression Examples

BA Media Studies (DL837) 

BA Film (DL843)

BA Television (DL844)

BA Photography and Visual Media (DL833)

IADT, Dún Laoghaire - www.iadt.ie

BA Arts (MH101)

BA in Media Studies (MH109)

BA Psychology (MH106)

Bachelor of Social Science (MH107)

Maynooth University - www.nuimaynooth.ie

BA Arts (DN520)

BA Humanities (DN530)

BSc Social Science (DN700)

BA Psychology (DN720)

BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology (DN750)

University College Dublin - www.ucd.ie

BA Communications Studies (DC131)

BSc Multimedia (DC133)

Dublin City University - www.dcu.ie

BA Creative Digital Media (TU981)

BA Media Production and Digital Arts (TU982)

BA Film and Broadcasting (TU983)

Technological University Dublin (City) - www.tud.ie

BA Arts (CK101)

BA Film and Screen Media (CK105)

BA Government and Political Science (CK122)

University College Cork - www.ucc.ie

BA Creative Media (DK844, DK769)

BA Arts (DK861)

BA Film and Television Production (DK864)

Dundalk Institute of Technology - www.dkit.ie

BA TV and Media Production (CW547, CW578)

Institute of Technology Carlow - www.itcarlow.ie

BA Arts (GY119)

Galway University - www.nuigalway.ie

Career Paths

In addition to the skills required to set themselves up as independent podcasters, this course provides students with entry-level skills in radio production techniques and is suited to those seeking employment in the commercial and community radio sectors, or for progression to media and communications courses in higher education. The course is also suitable for graduates looking to gain practical podcasting, radio studio and audio production experience.

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