College creates nation's first podcasting course

THE country’s first college course in podcasting will be pioneered in the North East this week.

THE country's first college course in podcasting will be pioneered in the North East this week.

Amid soaring demand for podcasts among web users, Newcastle College is to run the NCFE Level 1 Award in Podcasting.

The UK’s first podcasting qualification will help students investigate the process of planning, preparing and producing a podcast as well as teaching them ICT and communication skills.

Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular as many people move away from traditional media and turn to the internet for entertainment and reports on current affairs.

They are one of the fastest growing methods of communication and are available as audio and video broadcasts to download onto a computer or MP3 player.

They are used to broadcast a wide variety of information from entertainment, music and news to education and academia, public services, marketing and politics.

David Turner, director of music, media and performing arts at Newcastle College said: “This course has been put together in consultation with businesses to meet their specific needs. It is one of a number of innovative new courses designed by Newcastle College to support the creative industries in using rapidly changing new technologies.”

NCFE chief executive David Grailey said: “There are no other nationally-recognised qualifications available in podcasting so this is a unique opportunity to learn the skills and processes involved for free.

“Podcasting is fast becoming a part of everyday life – vicars are delivering sermons via podcasts, police departments are launching ‘crimewatch’ video podcasts and schools and colleges are recording lessons via podcasts. It’s therefore vital that we offer people both an understanding and the skills to utilise this technology.”

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