Audio Storytelling DipLCM

Learn new skills

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit: University Level 4 Qualification


Gain a qualification online creating great podcasts and radio documentaries.

Have you ever wanted to know how podcasts and radio documentaries are made? Have you ever wanted to make audio documentaries yourself? Or maybe you work in audio and would like to gain a university accredited and industry endorsed qualification in this area?
Created with Liam O’Brien, the series producer of the multi-award winning RTÉ Documentary On One department, this course shows you the exact steps you need to take to create great radio documentaries and podcasts.
Once you have completed the online course, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain a University awarded DipLCM Qualification in Audio Storytelling. This allows you to use the letters “DipLCM” after your name and is the first qualification in the world of this kind!


Two things every memorable story requires 1) an amazing idea 2) an amazing storyteller to create it.

When we say ‘audio story telling’, we mean podcasts, radio documentaries, business presentations, audio books or even how to improve your day-to-day communication.
We mean engaging an audience (or one important/special person), thrilling them, amusing them, shocking them, educating them…

So why OUR course?
Because it’s actually possible that our DipLCM course could genuinely change your life.
You might be just starting out and this maybe something you want to achieve because you instinctively know this is the direction you want to travel. Or you might be in business and our course is something you want to embrace to improve your communication and/or presentation skills.
Audio storytelling could lead you in many directions – to scriptwriting, to screenplays, directing/producing or into many other creative arenas.
We believe it’s not an exaggeration to say it could be life-changing, not least because our instructor, Liam O’Brien is a radio documentary maker, podcaster and multi-award winning producer with almost 100 national/international awards to his names, including 4 Prix Europa’s
Seriously, if you have stories to tell and want to tell them, this is where you’ll learn the best way to produce them, present them and find an audience for them.
Here is where you’ll become a better communicator.
The Audio Storytelling DipLCM course consists of 8 sessions, divided into an exciting form of independent learning and includes interactive LIVE content with the lecturer, over an 8-week period.
The sessions will focus on key aspects of ideas, storylines, character, structure, interview, narration and scripting.
Oh and this is the very first course of it’s the world!
Now THAT is a story.

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their audio story telling skills, for either business or personal reasons. Gain a professional qualification to assist you in creating meaningful and engaging content or to advance your career.

Audio Storytelling DipLCM is aimed at anybody who has a story to share, you might be (or aiming to be) a screenwriter, novelist, playwright, TV writer, filmmaker, director, producer, a documentary maker, advertiser, CEO or anybody who needs to improve their communication skills. This course is for those who want to create compelling content to keep their audience engaged.

For our Accredited Programs you will need access to the following:

  • Access to the internet
  • Desktop or Laptop Computer (Mac OS, Windows 8 upwards or Linux)

  • What equipment you’ll need and how to use your recording device.
  • Where to hold the microphone for various recording scenarios.
  • What potential technical issues you should be on the lookout for.
  • Why you ALWAYS need to wear headphones when recording.
  • What editing software options you have to use.
  • Why the idea is the foundation on which any story is built.
  • How to find the right idea with advice on the where, why, what and how.
  • The difference between Story and Topic-based documentaries.
  • Aspects to a good idea.
  • The elements a creative radio documentary idea should contain. (Hint: different types of tension).
  • The reliability of your idea and how to keep moving forward!
  • Why every idea must ‘entertain’ in some way (whether your idea is big/small, broad/specific).
  • The importance of the ‘here and now’ with regards to story timelines.
  • Harness the potential of story so you can maximise your idea.
  • Why, in a story, events need to take place. Something has to move from A to B.
  • What the two primary aspects of storytelling are & the essential tools you’ll need to tell creative stories in sound.
  • Proven formulae repeated throughout history to the present day for good story design and development.
  • What plot adds to your story.
  • How to think about plot (in a helpful way).
  • Why, by having multiple plots, you create multiple plot lines.
  • What the 8 elements of plot are and where they go in your story.
  • Use sound to transform your story and its impact on your listeners. (This is one of the great and unique aspects to creative radio making).
  • Learning to listen allows you to ‘see’ with your ears and enter the world of your listeners.
  • Practical steps you need to take BEFORE you record any audio.
  • The different types of sounds and noise you need to know.
  • Why storytelling is and always has been the primary way we (as humans) speak with other humans.
  • Why the storyteller is so important.
  • How, in radio, the relationship between the storyteller and their audience is an intimate one.
  • How to know what makes a good storyteller.
  • Understanding who is telling the story.
  • The exact steps you need to take to be prepared to interview someone.
  • A skill you need to develop for creating creative audio pieces.
  • How to get your interviewees to talk (NB: without this, you won’t have any content!)
  • How your interviewee can communicate for more connection/deeper impact with your listeners’.
  • What the narrator’s role is in creative radio.
  • Why narration is needed (in some form) in all creative radio – or any media.
  • How you should use narration.
  • How you can make sure your narrative doesn’t sound ‘old’.
  • How to keep your style consistent.

Liam O’Brien

Liam O’Brien (M.A.), is an award-winning radio producer, podcaster and documentary maker. His work has been broadcast all over the world, in addition to winning over 70 awards for his creative radio productions. Liam is the head of Irish radio’s (RTÉ) globally- renowned, Documentary on One unit, during his tenure, they have won more than 300 national and international awards across the world. Liam has the unique honour of being the only person to win the Prix Europa three times.

The DipLCM qualification is dependent on you submitting content to London College of Music Examinations for assessment, followed by a short online discussion with one of their examiners. See here for syllabus guide:

Yes – the course and assessment are completely online. It is delivered over a 12-week cycle, but should you wish, you have flexibility to learn entirely at your own pace over a 52 week period.

No, you do not have to take the examination, though without the examination you will not receive the qualification DipLCM.

You have exactly one year from your date of enrollment to study & enroll ALL relevant content for your examination. If content is uploaded close to the closing date, the video examination will take place in the next available slot.

If you feel you have just cause to take the examination after the one year expiry date, please email: [email protected] providing all relevant information. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you don’t pass the examination, you can apply to retake it. This will involve an exam retake fee only – for details email: [email protected]

You need access to a Windows, Mac or Linux computer or an iPad/tablet & an internet connection.

Speak to an advisor

Not sure if this course is right for you?
Connect with us and we will provide you with all information you need to make a decision.

Play Video