Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
In Studio: Writing and Recording a Radio Play
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other 4 x 5 hour sessions in the studio


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Individual 30 minute radio play script (4,000 words),  plus assessment of individual work (minimum 300 words).  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resits of individual 30 minute radio play script  (4,000 words), plus assessment of individual work (minimum 300 words). Resit will follow the same structure but be on a different topic/creative structure.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply specific dramatic techniques to the creation of a radio play script.

2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to think in sound in the creation of a radio play.

3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to work collaboratively in the creation of a radio drama.


This studio-based module continued the work of Semester One's Writing a Radio Play: the Nuts and Bolts in providing the student with the means to explore the creative process of writing (and in this semester, producing) for Broadcast Radio Drama.

Brief description

The student will be given the specific skills to develop short form radio drama from idea to script to produced play.


There will be four five-hour sessions in studio:

1. Introduction to working in studio.
2. Introduction to building a play through sound.
3. Collaborative playwriting.
4. Recording the radio play.

One to one tutorials will take place with each student during studio days.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not assessed or developed
Communication Written communication skills are at the heart of all the work a student does.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students are expected to drive their own learning and to develop their own unique creative approaches.
Information Technology Students will be required to make full use of the library facilities and master the computer-based script formats.
Personal Development and Career planning For those students wishing to develop the craft of radio, they will be encouraged to develop their ideas onto a broader canvas of a 45 minute play in semester three of the degree scheme.
Problem solving This element is not directly assessed
Research skills The script writing assignment will reflect the student’s ability to read widely and apply this knowledge to make informed decisions about their own work.
Subject Specific Skills Creating radio-specific ideas.
Team work Students will work as a team in studio. Their 300-word assessment will detail their success in and reactions to this requirement.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Ash, W. (1985) The Way to Write Radio Drama London: Elm Tree Books Primo search Beckett, S. (2009) All That Fall London: Faber and Faber Primo search Gough, Lucy (2006) By a Thread and The Raft London: Methuen Primo search Gough, Lucy (2000) Crossing the Bar, Head, Our Lady of the Shadows Bridgend: Seren Books Primo search Hortsman, R. (1997) Writing for Radio London: A&C Black Primo search Mamet, D. (1987) Writing in Restaurants London: Penguin Primo search Pinter, H. (1991) A Slight Ache London: Faber and Faber Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7