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A Level
Marcin Szala
Physics & Philosophy, University of Oxford
Marcin Szala
Physics & Philosophy, University of Oxford

Unique system

While preparing the academic curriculum, we asked ourselves how best to prepare our students for the challenges issued by the finest foreign universities.

We focused on cooperation between our experienced teachers (A Level, IB, Polish Matura) and lecturers/academics from the best universities in the world. Our academic staff members have developed our own original curriculum for the first year of Akademeia High School, while the two subsequent school years focus on the British A Level programme. The choice of the A Level system was not accidental. 

A Level gives students full freedom regarding exam choice

Students choose 3 or 4 subjects from within a wide spectrum of departments.

The A Level programme is characterized by a high level of specialization in the chosen field, allowing students at the high school level to get a head start in the direction of their studies.

In preparing for the exams, our students obtain a top-level education in their chosen subjects, while they may simultaneously pursue their passions and interests beyond the normal school curriculum.

IB and A Level

Which system is better?

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • The IB offers a wide range of subjects many of which are compulsory.
  • Many students benefit from the breadth of study which is seen as the main advantage of the IB but other students dislike the compulsory core elements, especially TOK and CAS.
  • The Arts are not compulsory in the IB but students have to study Maths, Sciences and languages, which are all compulsory, along with the core component. This does not suit all students.
  • IB allows access to European and US universities and is accepted in the UK too.

A Level

  • A levels allow students to specialise in the subjects they enjoy and in which they are more able, allowing them to play to their strengths.
  • There are no compulsory elements at A level; students choose only those subjects in which they can succeed.
  • A levels offer access to UK universities.
  • They are also accepted in the USA and Europe.
  • There is no ideological programme behind A levels which are purely about the subjects themselves.
"I would never have been accepted by Oxford with only my IB exam results!

Never ever! A-Levels gave me the opportunity to choose the subjects I was good at and interested in. I could easily focus on the three subjects I was predisposed to and that was it! I got accepted and I’ve been able to study within the major I wanted.”

– Former student
Chemistry, University of Oxford

Polish “Matura” IB* A Level*
Language of instruction Polish English English
Number of subjects 4 – 8 6 3 – 5 (usuallly)
Obligatory subjects Polish, Foreign Langauge, Maths Maths and 5 other
Elective subjects 1 (obligatory) – 5
all on advanced level
Within 5 groups
1 from each group
Academic load Medium to high High Low to high
Accepted in Poland Yes Yes (unified conversion table) Yes (university sets conversion)
Accepted Worldwide Limited Yes Yes
Correlation with SAT II* Limited Some Some

*IB – International Baccalaureate
*A Level – GCE Advanced Level
*SAT II – Scholastic Assessment Test / II: subject specific

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