Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Understand codes, conventions, style and structure of radio drama genres

2 Be able to produce and pitch proposals and treatments for radio drama

3 Be able to develop a treatment for a radio drama into a script

4 Plan and produce a radio drama.


Indicative reading for learners


Baylis P, Freedman A, Procter N et al –

BTEC Level 3 National Creative Media Production, Student Book

(Pearson, 2010) ISBN 978-1846906725

Baylis P, Freedman A, Procter N et al –

BTEC Level 3 National Creative Media Production, Teaching Resource


(Pearson, 2010) ISBN 978-1846907371

Caulfield A –

Writing for Radio, A Practical Guide (Crowood Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1847970954

Crisell A –

Understanding Radio, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 1994) ISBN 978-0415103152

Macloughlin S –

Writing for Radio, 4th Edition (Soundplay, 2008) ISBN 978-0954712211

McInerney V –

Writing for Radio (Manchester University Press, 2001) ISBN 978-0719058431

McLeish R –

Radio Production, 5th Edition (Focal Press, 2005) ISBN 978-0240519722

Starkey G –

Radio in Context (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) ISBN 978-1403900234



Media Guardian

The Radio Magazine


http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio – portal for BBC Radio

http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom – guidance for scriptwriters from the BBC

http://www.mediauk.com/radio/ – Media UK directory

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals specification in Creative Media Production

– Issue 1 – January 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2009


Resources for scriptwriting -Websites

http://www.oldtimeradio.com – archive recordings from the early years of radio

http://www.radioacademy.org – the Radio Academy

http://www.radiocentre.org/ – trade body for the commercial radio sector

http://www.radiostudiesnetwork.org.uk/ – academic network

http://www.radiostudiesnetwork.org.uk/journal.html – website of




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