Media Studies


Media Studies is a vibrant and popular department offering a range of A Level, GCSE and vocational qualifications. At KS4 students can study the NCFE Interactive Media course, including animation, video production and radio production. At A level the department offers a stimulating 2 year course, covering all areas of the media, including film, magazines, TV, internet and radio.

Curriculum Intent

In this subject we ensure that all students finish the course with the skills required to operate in a media saturated society. That they can apply techniques across a range of scenarios and use a variety of software packages and make discerning hardware choices as would be necessary for a career in that environment. To be able to use the technology available safely and with the necessary understanding of the risks involved in a wider media context. Make effective decisions in the application of technical skills across a variety of media products.



We are a well-resourced department, featuring two Apple Mac suites, all running iMovie and Final Cut for video editing; iStopMotion 3 and Blender for animation, as well as the full Adobe suite for print-based work. We also have a fully equipped radio studio donated by Heart FM and a TV studio with green screen facilities. Radio Heathfield broadcasts five days a week at registration, break or lunch.


A wide variety of enrichment activities are offered, with Heathfield TV and Radio Heathfield as regular features. We have had visits from working practitioners in animation, as well as Skyped interviews to Heart fm. Visits include, Disneyland, Rome and Berlin.


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Examples of  Radio Heathfield and Heathfield TV