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Kate Maria

Linguist

Tutor for Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian and English

Member of The Tutors' Association

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Hi! I'm Kate, a linguist and tutor from the UK (MA in Medieval and Modern Languages from St John's College, Oxford).

 

My small team of tutors and I offer complete Portuguese courses for A Level, so you can study for the qualification with us online.

Our courses offer all of the support and resources that a school classroom provides, plus regular tutor contact and immersive learning experiences to give you the confidence to speak and write Portuguese fluently.

You can take the Portuguese A Level exams at your school or college, or enter for exams with us at one of our partner centres around the UK.

About Kate

I started my teaching career in 2008 with the Government of Andorra, where I held the post of Lecturer of English.

 

Since then, I have taught privately and at colleges in several European countries: Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

 

In 2019 I opened a language school in Petersfield and an online academy, with a small team of tutors and a mix of students learning for professional, academic and personal goals.

We specialise in GCSE and A Level language qualifications and can help you choose the best route to obtain the certification you need for careers, university entrance or further study.

 

Contact us to find out more about the courses we offer.

Portuguese A Level
Distance learning courses

Your A Level Course

A Levels are an internationally-recognised qualification offering students the chance to showcase their language skills.

Students taking an online A Level in Portuguese have a unique opportunity to explore the Portuguese-speaking world through literary, historical and cultural topics.

 

The A Level syllabus also encourages students to develop their own interests through the Independent Research Project (IRP), where they can choose their own specialist topic for discussion.

Why take Portuguese A Level online?

An online A Level in Portuguese offers you access to a fast-track learning programme, including full tutor support, live lectures and one-to-one tuition to ensure you reach your potential.

Through our online academy, you can access the very best learning experience with all the resources and teaching that would normally be provided in the classroom, and learn at your own pace with no limitations.

Discover new writers

LITERATURE: Discover the literature of the Portuguese-speaking world through short stories, plays, novels and poetry.

Kate Maria

LIVE LESSONS: Get access to group lectures and seminars, with topic-based discussions, guest speakers and tips for exam success. ​ Our A Level lecture programme is fully interactive and live: there are no YouTube videos or pre-recorded content. The focus is on real-time teaching and immersive learning experiences.

Virtual visits to Portugal and Brazil

SPECIAL EVENTS: Immerse yourself in the Portuguese language with special online events and virtual trips to the Portuguese-speaking world, all organised via Zoom. Students have recently visited a reforestation project in Brazil as part of their A Level studies, met a Fado singer in Lisbon and taken a tour of a top restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. All of these experiences are designed to build confidence in speaking while promoting a deep understanding of historical and cultural topics.

One-to-one tutor support

ONE-TO-ONE TUTOR SUPPORT: Your tailored Portuguese A Level programme can include a one-to-one weekly lesson with your tutor to challenge you and keep you on track. ​ Support is available from your tutor 7 days per week, so you always have help and guidance on hand when needed.

Gain a qualification

AIM HIGH: Independent candidates, home-schooled learners and those already studying at school or college are welcome on our A Level programmes. Fast-track and flexible course options are available, so you can work at your own pace and gain a qualification to showcase your skills.

Build communication skills

CONVERSATION CLASSES: Strong speaking skills are essential for A Level success. ​ Your programme can include regular 30-minute conversation classes with a native-speaking tutor in preparation for the A Level Speaking test, so you can approach exams with confidence.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Which syllabus/examination boards do you teach?

 

You can opt to take your Portuguese A Level with any of the major examination boards.  We offer full A Level courses for Edexcel and Cambridge International exams.

 

Edexcel offer a challenging and rewarding A Level syllabus in Portuguese.  The syllabus encourages students to explore cultural, linguistic and literary aspects of the Portuguese-speaking world and to follow their own interests, developing strong study skills through the Independent Research Project.

 

The Portuguese A Level papers cover all four key language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

  • Where can I take my Portuguese A Level exams?

 

There are more than 20 centres around the UK where you can sit your exams.  Contact us to discuss your requirements and find the best centre for you.
 

  • What are the course start dates?

 

You can start your A Level course in January, April or September but enrolment is possible at any time.  Once you enrol, your course materials will be sent out to you and you can begin studying at home.  Examination entries are made by February for the summer exam series in the same year.

 
  • When do Portuguese A Level exams take place?

 

Exam dates vary each year, but generally the Portuguese A Level speaking tests are conducted in May and the two written papers are taken in early to mid-June.  You will need to enter in February to take your exams in the same year.  Occasionally, late entries are possible; please contact us to enquire about availability.

  • What are the benefits of choosing an A Level in Portuguese?

Despite having 250 million speakers worldwide, Portuguese is an unusual choice at A Level and is considered one of the less-taught languages, with very few schools and colleges offering this option.

An A Level or a degree in Portuguese opens up a world of academic and career opportunities.  Opting for a less commonly-taught language can be a great decision for students with a special interest in the Portuguese-speaking world, or for aspiring linguists looking to diversify the language combinations they offer.  Whilst many degree courses in Portuguese accept students ab initio, taking the A Level before applying to university is a way for candidates to set themselves apart from their peers.

  • What is the A Level in Modern Languages?

The A Level is the most prestigious academic qualification for school leavers in the UK.  Students usually take this qualification at the end of year 12 (age 18).  A Levels in Modern Languages enable students to follow their own academic interests and showcase a range of transferable study skills.

 

A Levels, or their equivalent, are a requirement for entry to British universities.

  • What are the costs of a Portuguese A Level?

Taking your Portuguese A Level course online is a cost-effective and fast-track option for gaining the qualification.

With basic course fees starting from £18 per week, students can complete the whole A Level in as little as 6 months, or study the syllabus over a whole academic year.

Students can opt to follow the study plan independently, or add a weekly one-to-one lesson for as little as £22 per week in addition to the course fee.

Examination fees are set by the relevant awarding body and our students receive a 15% discount (approx. £375 payable to the exam centre).  You can also opt to take your exams at your own school or college and we can arrange for a visiting examiner to conduct your Speaking Test.

  • What are the entry requirements to enrol?

As well as students in the UK, we work with international students and independent learners, so it's not a problem if you don't already have British qualifications.

We welcome students who have already learned Portuguese to GCSE level or higher (A2 - B1 - B2+, CEFR).  If necessary, we can arrange an initial assessment to establish your current level.

  • How can I register my interest?

A limited number of places is available to commence in January, April and September each year.  Please contact us to arrange an initial consultation.

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