Higher Certificate in Radio & Podcasting

Course Type:

Higher Certificate


1 year, full time



Total Tuition Fees 2024

R85 280

NQF Level 5 | SAQA ID 99532

The Higher Certificates (HC) courses at AFDA are 1-year NQF level 5 programmes designed to lay a foundation of basic skills and learning to enter the creative economy at an assistant level, as well as enable further access to degree level education for first year in the BA or BCom degrees at AFDA.

In addition to gaining insight into sectors of the creative economy, a Higher Certificate at AFDA will develop your capacity for learning through collaboration and an intrinsic practical understanding of disciplines and career possibilities in media and entertainment.

The Higher Certificate in Radio & Podcasting focusses on the basic skills to be able to work at a radio station and/or in podcasting recording. The programme will prepare students with the understanding of logistical and technical running of a radio/ podcast production. This includes learning about radio genres, presentation styles, basic station management, studio equipment, field sound recording devices, copyright, legislative frameworks, transmission research and preparation as well as voice performance skills.

Contact the Johannesburg campus about visiting the campus for a consultation, attending an Open Day or for more information about the Higher Certificate Programmes.

Students will learn about:

  • Radio genres, presentation styles and basic management skills required for a radio station
  • Operating studio equipment and field sound devices
  • Copywright: Understanding it and maintaining it
  • Radio legislative framework: Understanding it and applying it
  • Research and preparation for transmission
  • Preparing for and assisting with a live radio/ podcast transmission
  • Voice performance skills for radio broadcast


AFDA offers a unique higher education environment where outcomes-based and collaborative learning empowers students with competitive, professional and innovative skills.


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