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A-level Spanish students attend an exclusive trip of a lifetime

A-level Spanish students from Hugh Baird College’s Sixth Form Centre, recently visited the London School of Economics to attend an exclusive talk delivered by Professor Paul Preston, a specialist historian in Franco and the Spanish Civil War.

Brianna Gardiner, Hugh Baird College A-level Spanish student, said:
“I really enjoyed visiting the London School of Economics and meeting Professor Paul Preston, his talk was really interesting and I found it really useful for my course. He made the subject very engaging and was very knowledgeable on the events that took place during the Spanish Civil War.”

During the trip, students also took the opportunity to visit the Vicente Cañada Blanch Spanish School in Kensington and gained a valuable insight into the Spanish education process. The visit to the school also offered the students the opportunity to practice and develop their Spanish speaking skills thanks to working with Spanish speaking students and staff.

Brianna added:
“It was great meeting the students of Vicente Cañada Blanch Spanish School, they really helped towards developing my conversational skills. We paired up with the Spanish students to do an activity about the social class system. It was challenging but also enjoyable and the staff and students from the school supported us immensely.”

At Hugh Baird College’s Sixth Form Centre based at the College’s modern South Sefton Campus, students have the opportunity to study both French and Spanish at A-level. In doing so, students learn how to listen, read, speak and write in their chosen language whilst also building upon familiar topics from when they studied the language at GCSE.

Joanne Capano, Hugh Baird College’s A-level Spanish tutor, added:
“We were so lucky to be granted a private lecture by Professor Paul Preston. He is a world-renowned specialist in Franco and the Spanish Civil War and this topic will form an integral part of the second year of our A-level curriculum.”

“The Spanish School, Vicente Canada Blanch was an opportunity for the students to fully immerse themselves in Spanish culture. The partnership we are developing with the school will be hugely beneficial to our learners. Not just for their language skill development, but also from networking and contact building perspective that could aid their future career plans.”

Joe Poole, Director of Curriculum at the South Sefton Campus, said:
“Educational trips and visits are a big part of what we do at the Sixth Form Centre of Hugh Baird College. They provide our A-level students with the opportunity to bring the subjects they study to life, be that a theatre performance, a visit to the law courts or cultural trips to Liverpool, London and New York. Such trips and visits contextualise the subject and show the students how the doors their A-level subjects can open for them in the real world.”

“We are committed to help students to get the best possible A-level results. This is something we do very well as our results from last year, a 99% pass rate, show. But we also aim to give learner valuable experiences that will help to develop them as people.”

For more information on A-level courses at Hugh Baird College, please visit: or call 0151 353 4444.