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.


  • 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
COURSE DATES London | Friday 15 November 2019
London | Friday 7 February 2020
  • 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 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.15am
A and A* for AQA Spanish

  • Grades
  • The teacher’s role
  • Assessment
  • How to identify your A and A* students

10.15 – 10.45am
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

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 11.45am
Writing and Translation basics 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

11.45 – 12.30pm
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
  • Filling in the IRP form
  • The role of the teacher-examiner
  • Acting on the AQA examiners’ feedback

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
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
  • Acting on the AQA examiners’ feedback

2.20 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
Teaching literature and film: 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
  • Deep examination of context – using who? /what? /when? /why? questions to push students: Sample AS film lesson for Las Trece Rosas
  • 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 AS mark scheme to mark AS essays
  • Using the A Level mark scheme to mark A Level essays
  • Acting on the AQA examiners’ feedback

3.35 – 3.45pm
Final questions and departure

Georgina Irvine

With over 20 years’ experience in top independent schools in the North West and the Caribbean, Georgina is passionate about teaching Spanish language and culture. Her A Level examination results far exceed the national average and almost all her students chose to continue their Spanish studies at university. Georgina has been Head of Department, Head of Faculty and a Senior Teacher in charge of Oxbridge applications. She now works as an Independent Spanish Consultant for schools and businesses and examines for several boards.

A-level Spanish