Podcasting – RSL Grade 4


The GoCreate Academy Podcasting Grade Four e-book contains everything you need to pass your Grade Four exam in one essential resource. Grade Four focuses on thorough, easy-to-understand details of a diverse and evolving range of technological and storytelling skills and techniques. This e-book covers how these skills and techniques are applied to creating and developing your very own podcasts, which are now beginning to expand in the depth and breadth of their content and execution.

The graded examinations in podcasting are all assessed via online coursework submission, which allows you to prepare 100% of the assessment using your own equipment, in your own, comfortable learning environment. The content is simply uploaded through a secure portal and externally assessed by RSL Examiners.

What you’ll learn at Grade Four:

  • Technological Skills
  • Content Creation Skills
  • Presenting Skills
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Podcasting Grade Four features:

  • Technological skills, covering dynamic compressions, gates, file management and organisation, templates, how to back-up your work, FX plug-ins, plug-in automation, plug-in formats, choosing your recording environment, speaker positions, acoustic panels, vocal booths, vocal production techniques, remote interviewing, Dolby On, using Zoom, software options and choices, and the difference between live and pre-recorded interviews.
  • Content creation skills, covering podcast distribution and hosting apps, embedding a podcast, sonic branding, sonic anchors, active and passive hearing, Aristotle’s Seven Golden Rules of storytelling, Booker’s Seven Basic Plots, and podcast genres.
  • Presenting skills, covering creating different vocal sounds and tones, vocal management and health, keeping the listener interested, how to persuade guests to appear in your podcasts, and understanding remote interview techniques.
  • Advice from leading experts on how to create your own excellent podcasts.
  • Professionally presented, high quality video content, providing industry advice and expertise on tips to help you succeed as a Podcaster.

Required Hardware and Software

Candidates can take their GoCreate Academy and RSL Podcasting Grade Four exam using their preferred hardware and software applications.


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GoCreate Academy Podcasting 2020

Syllabus History

The GoCreate Academy and RSL Podcasting series is the world’s first graded system for aspiring podcasters. Continuing RSL’s 30 year history of innovation in music education, this new, leading syllabus offers a unique opportunity for the next generation of podcasters to gain a thorough understanding of classic and contemporary podcasting techniques, whilst earning a globally recognised qualification.