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Bachelor of Television and Radio Production Major Radio Production

Bachelor of Television and Radio Production Major Radio Production (BTVR)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • On-campus
  • Springfield
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
Note: This degree is pending CRICOS registration. Offers will not be issued to international students wanting to study on-campus until CRICOS endorsement is granted.


  • Build your skills for on air presenting, producing, and the many roles available in broadcast radio such as writing, sales and marketing, podcasting and other aspects of the audio business.
  • You will have access to the well-equipped radio studios to develop your audio productions and benefit from USQ’s very own 24/7 radio station, Phoenix Radio.
  • Study the only Bachelor degree in broadcast radio offered in Queensland, and one of very few in Australia.
  • Meet the right people in industry, understand what is required at each station and benefit from relationships with Southern Cross Austereo, ABC radio, Grant Broadcasting, NOVA and community broadcasters. Learn within industry placement throughout your studies.

Further study

Upon successful completion of this degree, you can go on to study the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

This degree is offered from February (Semester 1), 2021.

Career outcomes

  • You will be job ready as you transition into full time or part-time work. Pursue a career in broadcast and online radio and podcasting, covering technical roles, production, on-air presentation, copywriting, editing, media management, audio production and all associated roles.
  • Podcast and audio content creation is a potential pathway for career progression as the corporate world uses and values this as a means of telling their story.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Have achieved a minimum ATAR score of 58.90, or equivalent qualification.

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at Year 12 high school level. Find out more about assumed knowledge.

You do not require an audition or interview, if you can be assessed for entry on the basis of your ATAR or equivalent score. If you do not meet ATAR requirements, you may apply for alternative entry via an interview, which requires presentation of the following:

  • a portfolio of film work, broadcast visual or sound work.
  • a written statement (500 words) outlining your experience within these media and/or an explanatory statement that describes your portfolio.

For registration and interview tips, please see our Auditions and interviews page.

Note: It is a requirement that Queensland-based students hold a current positive notice indicating that they are deemed suitable for working with children and young people whilst studying the Bachelor of Television and Radio Production. Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

Special entry schemes for admissions may increase your Rank, through the allocation of additional points in certain circumstances, such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed. 

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
12-unit Radio Production major 12
1 x second 8-unit major*
or 2 x 4-unit minors
or 1 x 4-unit minor^ plus 4 x elective courses
Total 24

*The second 8-unit major can be chosen from any approved 8-unit major in another discipline in the School of Creative Arts (e.g. Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Digital Media, Film Production etc. providing all entry requirements are met) or from a recommended major outside of the creative arts, such as Advertising, or Journalism, or another major in consultation and with approval from the degree director.

^While it is not possible to complete 12-unit majors in both Television and Radio, you may choose to add more courses in Television or Radio as part of your suite of complimentary studies (e.g. a student undertaking the 12-unit major in Radio could do a minor in Television, and vice versa).

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Professional experience

You will have opportunities to present programs on Phoenix Radio and to gain experience inside commercial radio stations or the ABC. Guest speakers will also attend campus to provide insights and share experiences.

Note: This program is offered chiefly at Springfield campus with a variety of on‐campus and online course offers. The second and third-year practical courses in both Television and Radio are available on-campus at Springfield and via external offering at Toowoomba where residential schools will be held.

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Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 7700
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22720

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 909955
Springfield 929951

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.
This degree is offered from February (Semester 1), 2021.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

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