This new course is aimed at experienced A Level Spanish teachers looking to improve their results further. 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 have a strong focus on the specific challenges of each paper with attention to the styles of questions and how teachers can prepare their students for further success in the 2020 examinations.


  • Understand the key information from 2019 exams and how it can be used to improve your future results
  • Explore common question types and topic areas and anticipate future examination content
  • Take away new ideas for creating your own examination-style activities
  • Gain an understanding of what is required to achieve an A and A* in Spanish A level
COURSE DATES London | Friday 13 December 2019
London | Friday 13 March 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
Introduction and overview from 2019

  • Examining 2019’s results and identifying trends
  • Identifying the areas of weakness that require extra focus for 2020
  • Anticipating future examination content and style

10.15 – 11.00am
Using 2019 feedback for improving teaching and performance in 2020

  • What can we learn from the examiners’ reports?
  • To what extent do we need to remodel our Schemes of Work?
  • How can we improve lesson content to focus on areas for improvement?
  • What are the key areas of grammar that still require attention?

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 11.45am
Paper 1: Challenging topics and specific areas for focus

  • Gaining A and A*
  • Listening summaries
  • Reading summaries
  • Unseen translation
  • Translation into Spanish
  • Looking ahead: creating your own examination-style practice questions

11.45 – 12.30pm
Paper 2: Challenging topics and specific areas for focus

  • Gaining A and A* on the most challenging topics
  • Dealing with 40 mark questions
  • Essay questions on the film – analysis, evaluation and excellent use of language
  • Essay questions on the work of literature – example answers at Grades C, A and A*

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch & informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Paper 3: Challenging topics and specific areas for focus

  • Visiting examiner or teacher examiner?
  • The stimulus cards – where and why have candidates lost vital marks?
  • The IRP – where and why have candidates lost vital marks?
  • Looking ahead: creating your own examination-style practice questions
  • What the examiners were looking for in the best answers

2.30 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.35pm
Questions and Question types – where teachers need to focus

  • Gap fills
  • True/False/Not mentioned
  • Multiple choice
  • Short written responses: pitfalls and opportunities
  • Looking ahead: creating your own examination-style practice questions

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.

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