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Communication and Culture A Level at New College Nottingham

Course description

Culture can bring people together and separate them in equal measure. 

Culture is not only a geographical concept, it’s about our history, experience and traditions; it’s something which develops over time and which we can choose to accept or reject. 

This course is about understanding your own culture and that of others, as well as discovering more about societies and the way in which they communicate with each other and outsiders. 

Course content

The focus of this A Level is ‘the meaning and practices of everyday life’ which is studied using a range of concepts and theories designed to encourage critical analysis and evaluation. The first year equips you with the tools (the key concepts) to make sense of your own identity and communication, particularly in relation to how both of these are shaped by the society and culture around you.  

The second year allows you to apply a range of theoretical perspectives to issues and debates in wider culture. For example, the continuing impact of colonialism on our understanding of race and ethnicity; and the relevance of Marxist theories to the analysis of power, the individual and society. In addition, we study the meanings and practices associated with spaces and places such as ‘home’, ‘the shopping centre’ and ‘suburbia’.  

Entry requirements

You'll need ​5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths.


You’ll take an exam and a complete a coursework portfolio of written and practical work.

Future opportunities

Our students go on to study a range of subjects at university. Some carry on with communication or cultural studies while others study a range of subjects from business, politics and psychology to art and architecture at Russell Group universities like King’s College London, the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • The original High Pavement Grammar School was established in 1788 and it wasn't until 1975 that it turned from grammar school into a sixth form centre. In 1999 the centre merged with New College Nottingham and since then has occupied a prime position on the edge of Nottingham Trent University's City campus, giving our A Level students a real insight into University life, before they've even got there.

      High Pavement is home to ncn's A Level courses and with 30 or so to choose from, our students have variety and choice, as well as great on site facilities, fantastic tutors and amazing opportunities during their time with us. Overseas trips, one-to-one support with UCAS personal statements and guest speakers from the UK's top Universities are the norm here at High Pavement and that's why our students tell us time and time again that coming to High Pavement has opened their mind to opportunities and experiences they never knew existed.