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Communication Studies & Culture AS/A2 at Magdalen College School

Course content

You will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of science and be able to study selected areas in more depth.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding of science.
  • Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way.
  • Follow a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment within the area of science.
  • Develop key skills that are highly valued by employers and universities.
  • Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.

Entry requirements

English B

English C

B can be in literature or language



Year 1 (AS)

Unit 1 Understanding Communication & Culture

The study of: media texts, intra-personal and interpersonal communication, mainstream culture

and sub-cultures. Examination (1 hour 45 minutes) taken in June.

Unit 2 The Individual & Contemporary Culture

Coursework (topics set by AQA*)

a. An investigation into how we develop and communicate our image of ourselves and our values (500 words) 2009 topics: Individual Language Use, Individual Taste, Body Image and Self-esteem.

b. An Investigation into how we are given, and how we interpret, the messages from our environment and Society (1000 words) 2009 topics: Popular Music, Shopping, Signage and Graffiti.

c. An oral presentation (with visual aids, video, sound recording, website, etc) on 'My Culture'.

Year 2 (A2)

Unit 3 Communicating Culture

How different social and political theories might be used to explain and analyse:

a. Spaces and Places - what the constructed environment communicates to us;

b. Fictions - film, TV, books, video games, etc;

c. Objects of Desire - 'must have' consumer items, etc.

Examination (2 hours) taken in June

Unit 4 Communication & Culture in Practice Coursework

a. Investigations into topics set by AQA*(2000 words)* 2009 topics: Body Modification

And Celebrity.

b. A web-based presentation of your theory, research and conclusions, i.e. website,

multimedia, podcasts, short DVD. * 2009 topic: Cinema-going.

Future opportunities


In careers as diverse as Retailing, the Law, and even the Armed Services, your expanding communication and presentation skills will be valued. It is a useful basis for a wide range of Higher Education courses, but especially benefits Fine Arts and Business Studies, Marketing & Publicity, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Communications.

For further information please contact Mrs Gamper or Mrs Newman

Further information


This interesting course goes well with just about everything - but also fits extremely well graphics, Psychology, Sociology, Government & Politics, ICT, Theatre Studies, Art *& Design (GCE/Applied), Business Studies (GCE/Applied), Philosophy & Ethics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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