This revised course is led by Samantha Broom, an experienced Spanish teacher and trainer who has been involved with the development of materials for the new A Levels.

The course will focus on:

  • Approaching the exam papers, maximising student potential to access the top grades
  • Overview of nature, structure and assessment objectives of each paper
  • Developing a range of strategies to tackle the demands of the papers
  • Gaining an increased understanding of how to use feedback and marking strategies to raise attainment
  • Improving understanding of the key elements of the exams


  • Deepen your understanding of assessment objectives and mark schemes
  • Take away approaches to support students in critical appreciation and writing essays which provide a critical and analytical response
  • Take away strategies for teaching the compulsory Literature paper
  • Take away grammatical confidence for the new assessment


  • This course is designed for all teachers of AQA AS/A Spanish who are teaching the 2016 specification. This includes Heads of Department, experienced teachers and NQTs.
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 – 10.30am
Demands of 2016 AQA specification

  • Assessment overview: the question types and assessment objectives
  • Skills focus: an outline of the examination requirements of each Paper
  • Plan how to deliver a one or two year course
  • Key lessons learned from 2018 feedback for students aiming for the highest grades

10.30 – 11.30am
Paper 1: Tackling the new AQA Cultural Aspects

  • Approaching the new AQA topics at A level and innovative ways to access the cultural topics and build vocabulary
  • Understanding the nature of the questions including translation, reading skills and listening skills
  • Strategies to prepare students for the summary questions in both reading and listening

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Paper 2: Tackling film and literature as compulsory units on the new specification

  • Practical approaches for exploiting film and literary texts to enhance cultural understanding
  • Getting to grips with the nature of the questions and the skills required to write high-achieving essays
  • Techniques for developing analytical skills when discussing films and literature
  • Effective strategies to prepare students for the new assessment requirements and success in the examinations

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Success in Grammar and Translation

  • Meeting the demands of the assessment objectives and skills requirements
  • Techniques and strategies for building on GCSE grammar
  • How to ensure grammatical progression and accuracy
  • Focus on translation with practical teaching ideas to take away

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Paper 3: Speaking exam

  • Develop an understanding of the skills tested and assessment requirements in paper 3
  • Strategies for how to make sure students are skilled and prepared for the individual research project
  • Techniques for preparing students to discuss stimulus cards and to talk spontaneously about the topics that they cover

Samantha Broom

Samantha is an experienced teacher of Spanish and French with extensive experience as Head of Department and an MA in Education. She specialises in teaching Spanish at both GCSE and A Level and has been involved in authoring resources for both Nelson Thornes (OUP) and Pearson. She is an examiner for A Level and has been heavily involved with the PGCE course at the University of Cumbria, including mentoring trainee teachers. Samantha has worked in both state and independent schools and she is an experienced presenter with a passion for using the target language in the classroom, as well as using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

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