Podcasting – RSL Grade 8


The GoCreate Academy Podcasting Grade Eight e-book contains everything you need to pass your Grade Eight exam in one essential resource. Grade Eight 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 Eight:

  • Technological Skills
  • Content Creation Skills
  • Presenting Skills
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  • Technological skills, covering effects processing including audio mastering techniques, headroom, dynamic compression, gates, sidechaining, parallel compression, de-essing, de-verb, dialogue matching, VOIP editing, voice clarity, acoustics, speaker position, microphone placement, stereo imaging, sound isolation, file management/organisation, backing up data, sound design, FX plug-ins, internet speed, wifi and ethernet.
  • Content creation skills, covering sonic branding, storytelling, Ibsen’s Five Act Structure, podcast formats, podcast episode scripting and planning, 10 step marketing strategy, legal issues, copyright, and guest agreements.
  • Presenting skills, covering creating an audio trailer, tongue twisters, vocal control and protection exercise, breathing exercise for narration, devising interview questions, going ‘live’, remote interview techniques, how to persuade a guest to be interviewed, relaxing your guest and when to take a breath when reading from a script or autocue.
  • 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 Eight 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.