This revised course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future AQA A-Level Spanish examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter, Georgina Irvine, who has taught in the TES Top Independent School of the Year,  the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from the most recent examinations on the new specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this. Georgina is an experienced and current A Level Spanish examiner.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the papers
  • AQA Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
  • Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
DATES & LOCATION Online | Thursday 22 April 2021
Online | Thursday 24 June 2021
  • All Teachers of AQA A Level Spanish
  • Heads of Department for AQA Spanish
  • Heads of Faculty for AQA Languages
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


Morning session: Focus on Listening, Reading and Writing

10.00 – 10.15am

  • A look at grade boundaries and expectations
  • The teacher’s role
  • Including regular and meaningful assessment in the scheme of work
  • How to identify your A and A* students
  • Using the examiners’ reports to improve teaching and learning

10.15 – 11.15am

Teaching & Learning Vocabulary for Listening and Reading

  • Building vocabulary skills – teaching and testing vocabulary
  • Practising and improving listening skills using a variety of challenging source material
  • Getting the content marks in the summaries
  • Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick hard Spanish
  • Stretching top students with challenging written texts
  • Acting on the AQA examiners’ feedback

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.15am
Writing and Translation for Grade A/A* students

  • Where is an A/A* achieved or lost?
  • Understanding the marking grids and using them for improving teaching and results
  • Stretching top students with your choice of translation questions
  • Making sure students consider the grammatical concept that each sentence is testing in translation exercises
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams – exercises that encourage A* thinking
  • Acting on the AQA examiners’ feedback

12.15 – 1.00pm
Teaching literature and film: Transferable skills for stretching and challenging able students

  • Using personal and sophisticated resources to prepare for and complement the set works, using Las Trece Rosas as an example
  • What makes a strong A-Level essay? Developing a unique style by using complex language and grammar: higher level structures and vocabulary to create variety and sophistication
  • Using the AQA A Level mark scheme to mark A Level essays

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

Afternoon session: Focus on Speaking

2.00 – 3.00pm
Setting up the IRP for A and A* students

  • The benefits of doing a mini IRP in Year 12
  • Choosing an outstanding topic
  • Exam preparation and confidence: opportunities for mini presentations throughout the course
  • The role of the teacher-examiner

3.00 – 3.05pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.05 – 3.35
Spanish Speaking skills at A and A* level

  • The key challenges for high attaining students in achieving A and A* in Speaking
  • Teaching and acquiring AO4
  • Teaching approaches and tasks that stretch students throughout the course
  • Practising the stimulus cards: accessing the top bands in all areas
  • The role of the teacher-examiner

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Georgina Irvine

Georgina has over twenty years of exceptional classroom experience, with enviable results in external examinations (100% grades A*-B at A-level and 100% grades 9-7 at GCSE). She is an experienced senior examiner for three major boards, covering all aspects of the A-level syllabus. She has led successful Spanish and MFL departments and mentored and trained new Spanish teachers.  She is an expert on Spanish literature, film and cultural affairs, essential for success at A-level.