Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Radio Broadcasting) Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Radio Broadcasting)

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Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Radio Broadcasting)

DegreeFull time – 2 ½ years. A part time “Executive” option is also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$9,400 - $10,000







Course related costs

$1000 per year



Domestic Applications due

Due 30 September

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Our specialisation in radio broadcasting is highly regarded throughout New Zealand. Our graduates become confident in all professional aspects needed to excel in radio broadcasting and related digital media.

In our practical programme we provide you with skills and theory in professional broadcast and on-line radio. We develop your understanding of the changing media environment, your practical research skills and prepare you for a first time position in radio.

You will study production and performance while operating a commercial radio station, with your programme broadcast throughout the greater Canterbury region.

Our courses are strongly influenced and continuously advised by industry groups such as NZME, Mediaworks and The Radio Broadcasters Association.

A 24 week industry internship will provide a highly effective link between the theoretical and practical aspects of broadcasting, and give you a working understanding of the industry demands of working in a deadline driven environment.

All of this will stand you in the best stead possible to begin a career in Radio Broadcasting.

Find out more about studying broadcasting

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of 3 subjects from the list of approved subjects*, and 10 credits in approved literacy standards at Level 3*, and

    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Interview Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.
  • Portfolio As described in the New Zealand Broadcasting School Portfolio Requirements form and includes:
    • the completed portfolio requirements
    • two reports on the applicant
    • copy,voice or video depending on the specialisation the applicant is applying for.
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Selection criteria

When there are limited spaces available we follow a selection process ranking applicants based on your application. Waitlisting is also available for this programme.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • Complete a broadcasting application pack and a Admission and Enrolment form or an international application form and send it back to us.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Career opportunities

Graduates may move into stand-alone or network radio station operations in roles as diverse as on-air presenting, creative writing, digital content creation, programming, production, sales, marketing, or programme making.

Study pathways

Use this qualification as a foundation for further postgraduate study in media and communications.

Recommended school subjects

  • English or English-rich subjects
  • Media studies
  • Relevant industry experience