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Communication and Culture A Level at City of Westminster College

Course description

In the first year (AS) you will learn about how we communicate with each other; this will include nonverbal aspects of communication such as dress, facial expression, body language, and accent. It will also look at how we communicate verbally – this will cover things like how we acquire language, slang, and how we use different types of language in different situations. It looks at theories that try to explain how our sense of self is formed and how we interact with others in groups. The course also examines our cultural habits and explores things like why we study Shakespeare in school but not Lady Gaga for example. In your coursework you will have the opportunity to analyse what things like popular music, personal possessions, or modes of transport, mean in our culture.

The second year (A2) looks at the relationship between individuals and the culture in which they exist in greater depth, and focuses on theoretical approaches such as Feminism and Marxism in order to make sense of how our culture expresses itself in its stories and through encouraging us to identify with objects of desire.

Entry requirements

All A-level candidates must have a minimum of Six GCSEs – and all candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at C or above.


At AS Level you will be assessed by one written examination of one hour and 45 minutes, and a coursework portfolio consisting of two pieces of written research and a presentation which can take a variety of forms.

Future opportunities

This course will lead you into a variety of career paths including Journalism and Teaching or people orientated jobs; anything that requires person interaction for example Public Relations. Some past students have gone on to study advertising or marketing and found the content in A level Communications valuable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Westminster College directly.

Last updated date: 26 February 2016
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