Core Radio Skills
Course Location
New South Wales
2018 Core Radio Skills
Delivery Mode
6 weeks. Course starts week commencing February 26, 2018
Course Fee
Compulsory online Orientation week commencing Monday February 19. Further details will be provided post-enrolment
Attendance Pattern
5 hours per week, over 6 weeks with weekly virtual classroom sessions


We believe creativity, and the stories we share, enrich the whole of society. Build your voice in radio and be part of the great tradition of broadcast storytelling.

Are you interested in learning more about radio? This easy, online introductory course is suitable for both community radio practitioners and complete beginners. You’ll explore core elements of the radio industry and radio audiences, learn announcing and presentation techniques, plus learn how to find and create content for radio programs. To complete the course, you will need internet access and a smartphone.

Topics covered include:

  • an introduction to the radio industry;
  • sourcing and developing content;
  • broadcast law, interviewing, planning, producing and building a show.

For details of help to pay for your fees, please refer to the Study Assist website​


To complete the course you will need access to:

  • A computer with an internet connection.

Contact our Student Centre​ or call 1300 131 461 or (02) 9805 6444 with any questions or to learn more about your study options. You can also contact the Indigenous Unit​

Changes in circumstances may impact upon the accuracy or currency of information. While AFTRS takes all due care to ensure that the information is accurate, it reserves the right to vary any information described here without notice.

Last updated March 28, 2017.


5 hours per week, over 6 weeks with weekly virtual classroom sessions.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explore core elements of the radio industry and radio audiences.
  2. Demonstrate announcing and presentation techniques.
  3. Find and create content for radio programs.

Admission Requirements

Candidates are required to submit the following:

1. Proof of Residency

Please ensure you submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as detailed on the How and When to Apply page on the AFTRS website.


Subject: Radio Fundamentals

The subject aims to develop students’ core skills in creating and presenting radio content. Students will learn fundamental skills in producing and presenting radio programs while developing an awareness of the radio industry and different audiences. Students will gain and apply skills in planning, structuring and presenting on air content. Students will also develop their writing and interviewing skills. The skills and knowledge gained will prepare students to compete in the merit selection process of higher award courses.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.