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Portuguese GCSE at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Portuguese is the third most spoken European language in the world, being the official language of nine countries, in four different continents. For this reason, studying this language can be an open door of opportunities to work abroad in different areas such as tourism and oil industries, or NGOs in either Portugal, Brazil or Africa.

Our lessons are inspiring and interesting. We focus on many different topics of such as music, cinema, sports, family, special festivities, local area, home life and gastronomy.

A GCSE course could be very useful in the future, and provides the student with an extra qualification.

The course is mainly designed for those whose parents are Portuguese or Spanish speakers, as these two languages are very similar. However, a student who has studied Italian of French can also join the course.

Course content

The course is assessed gradually by the teacher during the year in the form of essays, and grammar exercises.  Texts are drawn from contemporary sources such as magazines, newspapers, and books.

The classes are divided by using the four skills.

Reading any book in Portuguese, or watching films will be helpful but it’s also recommended to take the time daily to read the newspaper such as Publico on

Entry requirements

Those who wish to do the GCSE course should either speak (or be accustomed to) Portuguese at home, or Spanish.


Four different final exams:

Listening: one hour duration

Speaking: approximately 25 minutes (10 minutes recording + 15 preparation)

Reading: one hour duration

Writing: one hour duration

Financial information

All students must have a folder, an exercise book and stationary in every lesson.

Future opportunities

Studying Portuguese can lead to a career in teaching, translation or interpreting but also in law, diplomacy or business. Studying a modern European language spoken in four different continents will be ideal for those wanting to work in business (oil, building, sea, cotton, coffee, cork, fashion, design, shoe wear, agriculture or wine) but also work in the tourism industry (in Brazil, Portugal or Cape Verde) or in renewable industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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