As I’m sure you’re aware, communication is a complex and powerful process which is relevant not only to our personal and professional life but the society we live in and the world as a whole. If you’re currently looking at which A Levels you might be interested in, you may not know exactly what Communication and Culture entails, let alone whether or not you should be considering it as an option. You probably haven’t studied it at GCSE and you may not have even realised this relatively new subject is available to you.

So, I’m going to give you a run-through of what A level Communication and Culture is all about so you can make an informed decision about whether it is right for you.

What exactly is Communication and Culture?

In simple terms, it is about communication and how and why it works. You will examine group behaviour, body language, spoken language, identity, and how technology affects communication. This A Level is suitable for those who are considering careers that require excellent communication as well as those of you who struggle with communication and wish to develop your abilities.

The A Level delves in to topics of culture, context, representation, value, identity, power and code. The subject also overlaps with Sociology, Psychology and Media Studies so you may find it useful to study Communication and Culture alongside one of these, if any sound interesting to you.

How popular is A Level Communication Studies?

Communication and Culture is currently not a very popular subject. The Telegraph reported in 2013 that “communication studies suffered the biggest decline [in entries], with entries plummeting by almost 17 per cent to 1,767”. This is perhaps due to its reputation as a ‘soft’ subject that lacks academic credibility. However, choosing a subject which not many people do could give you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd, especially in the job market. Also, if you are interested in this A Level and think that it will be useful to your career or your education then don’t let its lack of popularity put you off. If it’s right for you, that’s all that matters. Additionally, in 2013 the results for Communication Studies A Level were very good. You can view the statistics in more detail here.

Is it a useful A Level?

Now, you may be wondering specifically what this A Level is useful for. It’s particularly applicable to careers within public relations, marketing, politics, advertising and journalism. This is because the A Level allows you to develop a number of transferable skills such as analytical, presentation and interpretative skills and of course, your ability to communicate effectively, which is essential in any career that you choose to pursue.

Hopefully this blog post has given you a better idea of what Communication and Culture is all about. It may not be a very well-known or popular A Level but it is an interesting one. Poor communication is at the root of many issues in the world and gaining an understanding of how people communicate is an eye-opening, enriching experience that will undoubtedly serve you well throughout your whole life.



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Joseph is a French and Spanish to English translator, language enthusiast, and blogger.