Ravensbourne University London

BSc (Hons) Outside Broadcast Technology

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Outside broadcast technology is the study of live events acquired outside of the studio environment. This Skillset accredited course will give you a broad-based understanding of broadcast technology, together with an in-depth knowledge of outside broadcasting techniques.

This course will give you a broad-based understanding of broadcast technology, together with an in-depth knowledge of outside broadcasting. You will learn how to provide, operate and maintain all the technical systems used on an outside broadcast, including power systems, communications, satellite links and radio cameras.

This course has the approval of the industry and is accredited by both Creative Skillset and BKSTS (British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society). Our broadcast engineering students are highly sought after and many are working part-time in industry before they graduate. Your learning will be focused on tutorials, practical exercises and projects guided by teaching staff and external broadcasting professionals. The majority of our graduates are employed within six months of leaving the course and leave with the skills to cope with whatever changes the broadcast industry will experience.

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Broadcast specialists work in a variety of outside broadcast environments, supporting news operations, sports coverage, live music events, product launches or theatrical performances.

Course details



3 years full time

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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualifications:

  • 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

Admission queries: admissions@rave.ac.uk


  • Broadcasting
  • Communications

What your course 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.

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 Moving Image.


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Top reasons to apply for this course

  • Very high employability of graduates
  • Great work experience opportunities
  • Great facilities - A fully tapeless HDTV studio centre
  • Small cohort for an individual student experience
  • Only engineering course to hold BKSTS industry accreditation
  • Enthusiastic industry-honed teaching staff

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

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