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What is the course about?


The aims of the course are to enable students to develop an understanding of Portuguese in a variety of contexts. It also aims to increase their knowledge of Portuguese vocabulary and structures, to transfer language learning skills and to communicate effectively in Portuguese. Finally, the course will enable students to understand and appreciate countries and communities in the Portuguese speaking world.


Which aspects of language will I learn and develop?


There are four broad themes in this specification:

  • Lifestyle
  • Leisure
  • Home and Environment
  • Work and Education

Within these themes students will be expected, as they progress linguistically, to:

  • cope with a greater degree of unpredictability
  • deal with a widening range of potential problems
  • understand and use more accurately a widening range of vocabulary and structures, including some unfamiliar language
  • understand issues and opinions
  • discuss issues and give opinions
  • give full descriptions and accounts of events in different time frames

How will I be assessed?


All four skill areas, Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, are assessed.

Speaking and Writing are assessed by Controlled Assessment. Each counts for 30% of the full course qualification.

Listening and Reading are assessed by examination. Each counts for 20% of the full course qualification.

Listening and Reading are available at Foundation Tier (up to C grade) and Higher Tier (A*-C).

Speaking and Writing are un-tiered and the full range of grades is available.


Exam Board - AQA

What skills are required?


Aside from wider key skills, this qualification requires students to:

  • Develop the ability to listen to and understand spoken Portuguese, in a range of contexts and a variety of styles
  • Communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
  • Read and respond to different types of written language
  • Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
  • Understand and apply a range of vocabulary and structures
  • Develop language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly
  • Engage with issues and concerns in the Portuguese-speaking world

Why should I study Portuguese?


Portuguese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. As globalisation is becoming more of a regular feature in our business world, many companies need professionals with language knowledge

Studying Portuguese can also help lead to careers in translation (for businesses, communities) and education (Primary, Secondary and Higher Education).

Studying and gaining a “C” at GCSE in another language is one of the key components of the “English Baccalaureate” which is the new standard against which achievement will be measured and used as an important passport into Further and Higher Education.

Portuguese is a key European and World language, being spoken in a range of countries from Portugal and Brazil, through to western and central African countries and in small parts of Asia. Portuguese -speaking countries have had enormous cultural influence around the world, through their music, art, poetry, philosophy, fashion, sport and cinema.