OCR H196; H596
Why study Portuguese?

You can develop your reading, writing skills and your confidence in Portuguese as well a get a qualification that can get you a place in University. The skills and knowledge you acquire will be transferable into other areas. Portuguese is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by approximately 250 million people worldwide. It is the third most widely spoken European language in the world (after English and Spanish). It is the official language of ten countries (Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea- Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe), and the lingua franca of the Macau region in China. Portuguese is one of the official languages of the European Union, MERCOSUR, and the Organization of American States. Portuguese is increasingly cited by employers looking to employ people with language skills, as Brazil and Angola are growing in importance economically. 

Course Requirements

It is advisable to have sat the OCR Portuguese GCSE exam.

Course Outline
    Aspects of daily life: 
    • The family: different structures and relationships; living conditions (housing, shopping and patterns of daily life) 
    • Food, drink, health, obsessions and addictions 
    • Transport: patterns of use (for the individual and at local and national levels) 
    Leisure and entertainment 
    • Sport (including national sporting concerns and traditions) 
    • Tourism and related themes: tourism as a changing phenomenon; tourism and the environment 
    • Leisure activities: aspects of cultural life, e.g. film, theatre; the arts as part of leisure time 
    Communication and Media sub-topics 
    • Communication technology: patterns and changes to communication in daily life 
    • Media e.g. written press; radio; television (roles and influences) 
    Education and training sub-topics 
    • School and school life: individual experiences; local and national concerns 
    • Work and training: individual experiences; school to work preparation, transition and aspirations.
    Society :
    • Integration and exclusion: age; gender; race; religion; equality of opportunity 
    • Law and order: trends of crime and punishment; civil unrest; policing 
    • Unemployment: causes and consequences (local, national or global) 
    How the Course is Assessed
      Exams:  AS (Listening, Reading and Writing 1): The exam is held in May/June. Activities are listening, translating, reading, writing and responding in Portuguese/English.
      A2 (Listening, Reading and Writing 2): Exam usually takes place in May/June. Activities are listening, translating, reading, writing and responding in Portuguese/English.

      Links to Careers
        The Diplomatic Corps (aim high), Banking, Law, Marketing, Advertising, Travel, Human Resources, Journalism, Translating and Interpreting, Teaching, Fashion and many more.

        Links to University
        Languages specific degree or combined with other subjects.

        Syllabus: A- level Portuguese
        Examination Board: OCR H196 H596
        More Information: Mr. P Marques pmarques@kingsleyacademy.org
                                           Ms. K. Kemble kkemble@kingsleytacademy.org