Outside Broadcast Technology BSc (Hons)

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This course is part of the digital, media, film and broadcast engineering cluster of BSc degrees. It focuses on the technical aspects of audio and TV outside broadcasting, and the emerging practices that relate to the internet and delivery of media via internet protocols.

SVGEurope STACKEDx4It has been developed with the support of Sports Video Group Europe (SVGE), CTV, Sky and ESPN. SVGE supports the professional sports broadcasting community in Europe comprising professional sports leagues, major broadcasters, webcasters, OB companies, manufacturers and technology providers. SVG helps them turn their aims and visions into reality through implementing new technology and innovations.

This course will give you a broad-based understanding of broadcast technology, together with an in-depth knowledge of outside broadcasting. You will also consolidate transferable skills in technological and theoretical concepts, research and analysis, problem-solving and collaboration. You will learn how to provide, operate and maintain all the technical systems used on an outside broadcast, including power systems, internet protocols, communications, satellite links and radio cameras. We have excellent relationships with industry, including the BBC, BT, the Sports Video Group and others. 

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Ravensbourne has an international reputation for training broadcast engineers, and our engineering students are highly sought after. After graduation, you can expect to work in a variety of outside broadcast environments, supporting news operations, sports coverage, live music events, product launches or theatrical performances. Because this course is accredited by both Creative Skillset and BKSTS (British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society), you will be choosing a course that has the approval of the broadcast industry.

Your learning will be focused on tutorials, practical exercises and projects guided by teaching staff and external broadcasting professionals.

6 reasons to apply for this course

  1. Very high employability of graduates 

  2. Great work experience opportunities 

  3. Great facilities - A fully tapeless HDTV studio centre 

  4. Small cohort for an individual student experience 

  5. Only engineering course to hold BKSTS industry accreditation 

  6. Enthusiastic industry-honed teaching staff 

About this course


3 years full time


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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

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For admission queries about your course please email: admissions@rave.ac.uk.

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Key study topics

  • How an Outside Broadcast works to make TV programmes
  • How satellites work to beam signals from live events
  • How to fix equipment when it goes wrong
  • How 3DTV and 3D films work to create the illusion of 3D
  • How to build electronic products


Ravensbourne’s broadcasting faculty still leads the way in preparing the next generation of broadcast professionals. Covering core craft skills as well as all the newer broadcast technologies, the college is a trailblazer in education for this sector.Lesley Everett, ITV NEWS

What the next three years will look like

You will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work including essays, reports, individual and group presentations, critical self and peer evaluation, practical and written exams, and the completion of individual and team projects.

You will be assessed through;

  • the completion of practical and written work including technical reports
  • individual and group presentations
  • critical self and peer-evaluation
  • practical tests and written exams
  • the completion of individual and team projects

Year 1

You will study: mathematics; introduction to digital television; digital media technology; electronics; television systems and signals; introduction to outside broadcast technology, and theory and context.

Year 2

You will study: ICT engineering (including internet protocols); broadcast hardware systems; creative collaborations (event technology); advanced electronics; applied mathematics; intermediate outside broadcast technology, and dissertation preparation.

Year 3

You will study: advanced outside broadcast technology and outside broadcast planning; image and audio compression; engineering project; engineering mathematics, and dissertation.


Successful completion of this course can be followed by postgraduate study in MA/MSc Broadcast Futures.

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