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Course outline

A Level Portuguese is a great opportunity to expand on the GCSE, but in greater depth, looking at politics, society and culture; music and cinema; Portuguese-speaking communities. An A Level in a language is regarded by many universities as a ‘facilitating subject’ and can make a significant difference in UCAS applications.

Course content

Changes in contemporary society:

  • Changes in family structure
  • The world of work
  • The importance of higher education in Portugal

Political and artistic culture in Portuguese-speaking countries:

  • The media
  • Music
  • The Portuguese-speaking world today


  • Immigration and the Portuguese multicultural society
  • Emigration from Portugal in the 21st century
  • Migratory movement in Portugal

How history has shaped politics

  • The dictatorship of Salazar
  • From dictatorship to democracy
  • Vasco da Gama's trip to India

Entry requirements

GCSE Portuguese grade 6

Career / higher education opportunities

Portuguese can be taken as a standalone BA degree course, or as a subsidiary subject alongside a number of other courses, such as law, medicine or engineering. Some courses even offer a year of study or work abroad for students.

Course specification

Pearson Edexcel code: 9PG0