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A Level Communication and Culture at Trafford College

Course description

Why study Communication and Culture?Our communication and cultural practices define who we are as individuals, as groups and societies, and through its study we can understand human behaviour, representation, social values and ethics, identity, technology and power in our societies much better. This subject will improve your understanding of the culture and the cultural products you share with those around you, as well as your reading, writing, verbal and I.T. communication skills. In short, you will be studying a challenging and engaging combination of English language, history, sociology, philosophy, psychology and media studies.You should already have a genuine sensitive interest in the history and practices of UK popular and high culture and communication (cinema vs theatre, literature vs the internet, popular music vs classical music etc.) and, in turn, be motivated to improve and elevate your critical thinking skills, visual analysis skills, writing skills, research skills, as well as enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the subject in your daily life.What’s on the course?You will study a range of topics including: high and popular culture; verbal and non-verbal communication; analysing cultural products and practices such as magazine advertisements, food, shopping, mobile phones and popular music.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and Mathematics.


The course is 50% coursework and 50% examination in years one and two. Both coursework and the examination involve being aware of how individuals and groups communicate and respond to cultural influences.

Future opportunities

What are the career opportunities?Students go on to study the subject at University while others choose related subjects such as journalism or sociology

Further information

Contact Lance Bradley (Course Coordinator for Languages) on 0161 952 7421 or email contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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