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Communication and Culture AS/A2 Level at South Downs College

Course description

Are you interested in media, music, people, society – the real stuff that affects each and every one of us?

Communication and Culture is a living topic that changes as society does and looks at how we exchange ideas, how we are influenced and how we influence others. It considers the jigsaw of factors that affect us – family, education, where you live, race, wealth, interest, lifestyle and how you present yourself to the world around you.

Course content

Firstly you will look at what the terms ‘communication’ and ‘culture’ mean and then how these two elements come together to turn us into the people we are.

Then you will study theoretical concepts and apply these to your own world and experiences.

In the second year, studies will focus on society as a whole rather than personal identity.

There will be a mixture of teacher presentation, group work in the classroom and research and investigation outside the classroom acquiring data for discussion and the portfolio.A certain amount of time will be spent making effective use of IT facilities.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


There are two units for this course; each is worth 50% of the final mark.

One unit is assessed by an examination lasting one hour and 45 minutes and the second unit is a portfolio of work based on topics set by the examination board.

The portfolio consists of two pieces of written work and a digitally produced presentation.

There are two main areas of focus for the coursework: Communication, Culture and the Individual and Cultural Contexts and Practices.

Future opportunities

As long as you have at least a grade E at AS level, you can progress to A2 Communication & Culture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2016

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