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Writing for TV, Radio & Film

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Writing for TV, Radio & Film to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

The broadcasting and film industries are developing fast with the number of films in production reaching an all time high and new T.V. stations starting each month. There is more scope than ever to start writing for T.V., film and radio. This course is designed to show you how to produce saleable proposals, ideas and scripts. It will show you how to penetrate this competitive industry by professionally presenting and marketing your work. When you’ve completed this course, you will be ready to approach the market and look forward to earning anything from several hundred pounds just for selling an original idea, up to an unlimited amount if it is accepted for a new soap or block buster movie!


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction/Business Aspects
      • Should You Write for Radio, TV or Film?
      • Important Do’s and Don’ts to Consider
      • Your Earnings
      • Suggested Minimum Pay Scales
      • Expenses and Day Rate Payment Systems
      • Payment Schedules
      • Contracts and Agents
      • Copyright
      • Building a Writing Business
      • Professional Associations
  • Lesson Two
    • Writing for Radio
      • Deciding What to Offer
      • Talks
      • News
      • Features and Documentaries
      • Drama
      • Light Entertainment
  • Lesson Three
    • Selling to Radio
      • Understanding the Radio Market
      • Finding the Right Contact
      • BBC National Radio Stations
      • BBC Local Radio Stations
      • Local Commercial Radio Stations
      • National Commercial Radio Stations
      • Submitting a Proposal
      • How to Present your Radio Script
      • Becoming a Radio Presenter
  • Lesson Four
    • Writing for TV
      • Deciding What to Offer
      • News
      • News Magazine Programmes
      • Current Affairs/Documentaries
      • Dramas
      • Sitcoms
      • Soaps
      • TV Films
  • Lesson Five
    • Selling to TV
      • Understanding the TV Market
      • Finding the Right Contact
      • BBC National TV Stations
      • BBC Regional TV Stations
      • ITV
      • Satellite and Cable TV Companies
      • Independent Production Companies
      • Submitting a Proposal
      • How to Present your TV Script
      • Becoming a TV Personality
  • Lesson Six
    • Writing for Film
      • Deciding What to Offer
      • Points to Consider
      • How a Script is Developed
      • Popular Film Subjects
  • Lesson Seven
    • Selling your Film
      • Understanding the Film Market
      • Finding the Right Contact
      • Film Companies
      • Production Companies
      • Using an Agent
      • Submitting a Proposal
      • How to Present your Film Script
      • Selling Ideas: Another Source of Income
  • Lesson Eight
    • Contact File
      • BBC National and Regional TV
      • BBC National Radio
      • BBC Regional Radio
      • BBC Local Radio
      • Commercial Radio (FM Stations)
      • Commercial Radio (AM Stations)
      • Commercial TV Stations 

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.