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Communication and Culture A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

How do you fancy a subject that’s as real as it gets? Communication and Culture is a subject that will get you to step outside the classroom and mix it with people, with media, with music, with real stuff that affects each and every one of us. Communication is a ‘living’ topic. It’s about how you interact with people, how you exchange ideas, how you influence others and are influenced yourself. Culture is a jigsaw puzzle of different influences that come from your family upbringing, your education, where you live, your race, your wealth, your interests a lifestyle and how you present yourself.

Communication and Culture together helps us understand one another and help improve our world. This is one subject where your own ideas will be encouraged. Develop them, get communicating and you could really go places!

Course content

Year One Units

COMM1 – This unit is preparation for the first year exam in Summer. Through the duration of this exam (1 hr 45 mins) you will be expected to answer 4 essay based questions: Q1 (Culture) Q2 (Communication as an expression of self-image) Q3 (Deconstruction of a text) Q4 (A combination of all 3 previous questions) This represents 50% of the total AS Level mark (25% of the A Level grade).

COMM2 – This unit is the first year coursework to be completed by Easter. Through the duration of your coursework development you will be expected to complete three distinct pieces: Investigation (500 word essay focusing on a personal cultural site) Exploration (1,000 word essay focusing on an analytical wider cultural site) Presentation – usually Microsoft PowerPoint or MovieMaker based (lasting 6-8 minutes detailing an aspect of your life which you engage with culturally). This represents 50% of the total AS Level mark (25% of the A Level grade).

YEAR TWO UNITS

COMM3 - This unit is based on the second year exam in Summer. Through the duration of this exam (2 hours) you will be expected to answer 2 essay based questions: Section A (Cultural Perspective debate/discussion) Section B (Choice of five options based on applying the cultural perspectives (Marxism / Feminism / Post Modernism/ etc.) to a context). This represents 25% of the total A Level mark.

COMM4 - This unit is based on the Second year coursework to be completed by Easter. Through the duration of your coursework development you will be expected to complete two distinct pieces: Case Study (2,000 word essay applying advanced cultural theory to a contemporary site of your choice) Creative Work (10 minute media based text offering a culturally challenging perspective to a topic related to your previous case study). This represents 25% of the total A Level mark.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade C at GCSE English Language

Assessment

 You will be assessed as you develop and examined in two equal parts. Half your marks will be awarded for a written exam and the other half for a portfolio of coursework. The topics you write about are really interesting, such as popular music, shopping as retail therapy and communication through signage and graffiti. What’s more, you can present your ideas in a mixed media style.

All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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