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Communication and Culture AS/A Level at Guildford College

Course description

Communication is at the heart of our everyday lives and culture.

The focus of this subject is the study of how people communicate as senders of information or receivers of messages through cultural products and practises as explained through various models and theories.

  • AS topics: human communication and media communication in cultural contexts.
  • A2 topics: deeper theoretical study of cultural communication.

Communication and Culture suits students who not only have strong opinions and like to debate, but who also enjoy evaluating, criticising and analysing rather than just accepting easy 'right or wrong' answers.

The subject attracts those who are willing to engage with contemporary culture and who are ready - and brave enough - to see the connections between the theory and their own lives.

This course is ideal for students who are interested in gaining work (or further study) in the media (including journalism, television and PR), business fields, teachers and social workers of all types.


Course content

  • The course is varied and stimulates interest in all aspects of communication and culture
  • This course is useful in developing the skill of communication in the context of culture and can be used in many areas of higher level study and work
  • You’ll be encouraged to research and present coursework portfolios that are individual and personal to you
  • The subject is only taught in two institutions in Surrey - this is one of them!
  • The course has been taught successfully by the same tutor for seven years, who has a real passion for the subject
  • Highly successful results, with good pass rates, good A grade ratios at A2 Level and currently three students achieving an A* grade in its history
  • Links to the College’s Supported Learning Department - undertake work experience as a learning assistant with them - great for your CV or UCAS application.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including grade C in English Language or English Literature.


One exam and coursework portfolio.

Future opportunities

Degree or careers in media, marketing and advertising, public relations, personnel, education, business or management.

Further information

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 June 2016
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