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Communication & Culture A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

The way we communicate with others affects not only our view of the world around us but also our own self concept. This course therefore explores the role of culture and a range of cultural activities in creating and negotiating identity. Who we are, how we see others and where we fit into society. These are the questions we seek to answer.

Course content

AS Level 

Unit 1 – Understanding Communication and Culture will cover:

  • The nature of culture
  • Definitions of culture
  • The meanings and practices of everyday life
  • High culture and popular culture
  • The relationship between culture and value
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Identity and self-presentation
  • Group communication
  • Reading images and products

Unit 2 – The Individual and Contemporary Culture will cover:

  • A piece of independent research work
  • Communication, culture and the individual
  • Cultural contexts and practices

A Level

Unit 3 – Communicating Culture will cover:

  • Close study of a cultural site (eg spaces and places, fictions or objects of desire)
  • Alternative and dominant approaches to communication and culture
  • Cultural products and practices in relation to capitalism, globalisation and consumerism
  • Key concepts and cultural sites

Unit 4 – Communication and Culture in Practice will cover:

  • Independent research work
  • The construction and maintenance of personal identities
  • Analysis of social and cultural ‘rituals’

This course will allow you to gain confidence and develop skills valued by higher education and employers.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C, which MUST English Language. You will not have studied this subject at school.


This course is assessed by a mixture of external exam and externally moderated coursework

Financial information

A trip is organised to London

Future opportunities

  • Higher Education for degree/ HND courses in cultural studies, media, business, management, communication
  • Teaching
  • Employment

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 September 2016

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