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AQA A-level Spanish – Expert Insights into Paper 2: Film

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Fulfilling student potential to maximise student grades. Led by our highly respected and successful presenters Chris Warrington & Maria Bowen, the course will demonstrate how to use Film Studies techniques to write excellent exam responses. This will cover an introduction to some of the terminology and concepts used in Film Studies. Each course will focus on a specific film (French – La Haine, German – Das Leben der Anderen, Spanish – Pan’s Labyrinth) with guided scene analysis, contextual analysis, aesthetic influences and A/A* examples


  • Develop an understanding of domain knowledge from Film Studies.
  • Explore the key text relating to your language.
  • Gain an appreciation of the cultural and aesthetic contexts involved in the films.
  • Explore examples of guided marking/feedback from the classroom.
  • Take away a clear approach to covering the film in your curriculum.

The Domain Knowledge for film analysis

10.00 – 11.00am
  • Acquiring the core vocabulary of a Film expert.
  • Covering Cinematography, Mise-en-Scene, Sound, Editing & Performance.
  • Samples and examples provided with annotation on primary usage and interpretation.

Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 11.15am

Contextual Factors and Auteur Intent in the Text

11.15 – 12.00pm
  • Key political and industrial factors in the making of the film are covered.
  • Directorial (auteur) intentions are explored
  • A Mexican director’s perspective- breaking the Pact of Silence

Other Aesthetic influences

12.00 – 12.30pm
  • Any other artistic movements/influences are covered in detail.
  • Goya and Bosch as a criticism of Fascism.
  • Goya and Bosch- the criticism of the Catholic Church.

Lunch and informal discussion

12.30 – 1.30pm

Specific Guided Scene Analysis from a Key Scene

1.30 – 2.15pm
  • We run through a key scene giving guidance on how to approach this in the classroom.
  • What notes need to be made and how to guide all pupils to make revisable course notes.
  • A/A* note making: what to look for and how to embed effective note making from the outset.

Exploring the questions and requirements

2.15 – 3.30pm
  • A look back through the past questions set.
  • A look at examiner reports from previous years.
  • Examining the mark scheme and introducing the A* answer.
  • A guided piece of marking from two separate papers.
  • Example feedback and next steps for students to take on the road to success


London | Friday 18 November 2022

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Maria Bowen has been head of a large and successful languages department for 7 years. She has a proven track record in teaching film in languages for 15 years. Maria has led training for colleagues in this area and has undertaken additional study to gain a deeper understanding of the the films and their cultural impact.


  • Heads of Languages
  • All teachers of A-Level Spanish


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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