Portuguese

Course type: A Level • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
A level Portuguese has been developed to inspire students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world.

Course Units

YEAR 1
Unit 1: Changes in contemporary society

• Changes in family structure
• The world of work
• Research Topic: The Importance of Education after Secondary Education in Portugal

Unit 2: Political and artistic culture in Portuguese-speaking countries
• The Media
• Music
• Research Topic: ‘Lusofonia’ in the world today

YEAR 2
Unit 03: Migratory movements

• Immigration and the Portuguese multicultural society
• Emigration of Portugal in the 21st century

Unit 04: How History shaped politics
• The Dictatorship of Salazar
• From dictatorship to democracy
• Research Topic: The Discoveries: Vasco Da Gama’s trip to India

Course Assessment

You will have three exam papers:
Paper 1: Translation into English, reading comprehension and writing (research question) in Portuguese (40%)
Paper 2: Translation into Portuguese and written response to works (one book and one film) (30%)
Paper 3: Listening, reading and writing in Portuguese (30%)

This Course Can Lead To…

With a Portuguese A Level course you can study at  University as a subject in itself or joined to other subject of your choice. You can also follow different career paths, such as: translator, interpreter, teacher, journalist, bilingual secretary. You can also work in a variety of sectors like Business, Finance, Tourism, Media, Retail and many others.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Portuguese
(Native speakers to be interviewed by Head of Department if they do not have a GCSE qualification in Portuguese)

Course Highlights

A level Portuguese  has been developed to inspire students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the Italian-speaking world.