Applications open for Beat and SETU Certificate in Radio and Podcasting

Applications open for Beat and SETU Certificate in Radio and Podcasting

The Certificate in Radio and Podcasting  is a practice-based introduction to radio broadcasting, presenting and podcasting jointly developed and delivered by South East Technological University SETUWLR FM and Beat 102-103.

The Course is delivered by both practicing broadcasters and academic lecturers and designed to give an introduction to the operation of a commercial radio station and the day-to-day work of broadcasters within it.

Students are not required to have any previous experience in radio.

If you are eager to ‘get a foot in the door’ of the broadcast industry but currently lacking experience why not sign-up for this course to test your aptitude and build a portfolio.

Fees and Funding Available


The course fee is normally €400 but from part-funding of up to 50% may be available from Waterford Chamber Skillnet (WCS), for eligible employed applicants, which would mean a total fee to the student of €200 for the full 12-week course.

No need to do anything extra at application stage in order to avail of this funding - simply apply online by completing the online application form.

All successful applicants who consent to have their application information shared with WCS will be informed if they are eligible for the subsidy.


How is the Course Delivered

The course will be delivered on-site at both the WLR FM and Beat 102-103 Broadcast Centre and the SETU Waterford Campus over 12 weeks, Thursday 7.00pm-10.00pm.

Classes will include:

  • Lectures and practical sessions with group work and class discussion;
  • Industry seminars with senior professional commercial radio managers and presenters;
  • Case studies from WLR FM and Beat 102-103 highlighting good practice in broadcasting.

There are no 'exams'.

The assessment for the Certificate is based on completing practical assignments over the course of the 12 weeks designed to help participants learning.

The assignments are based on the 'real-life' world of radio broadcasting where participants' 'pitch' an idea for a radio programme and go through a series of structured steps culminating in each participant creating their a radio feature of broadcastable quality.

All students will receive individual feedback on their assignments.