The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.
What the CP offers students?
The CP provides a comprehensive educational framework that combines highly regarded and internationally recognized courses, from the IB Diploma Programme (DP), with a unique CP core and an approved career-related study.
The CP develops students to be:
- Academically strong
- Skilled in a practical field
- Critical and ethical thinkers
- Resilient and determined
- Confident and assured
- Caring and reflective
How the CP works?
Students in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them, while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.
The CP’s three-part framework comprises the study of at least two Diploma Programme (DP) courses alongside the distinctive CP core and a career-related study.
For CP students, DP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigour of the programme; the career-related study further supports the programme’s academic strength and provide practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.
The components of the core are at the heart of the Career-related Programme and are designed to enhance
students’ personal qualities and professional development.
The Career-related Programme core contextualizes the Diploma Programme courses and the career-related
study and draws all aspects of the framework together. The core is designed to develop many of the
characteristics and attributes described in the IB learner profile.
All components of the core are mandatory. They are:
• personal and professional skills
• service learning
• language development
• reflective project
Personal and professional skills
The personal and professional skills course aims to develop responsibility, practical problem-solving,
good intellectual habits, ethical understandings, perseverance, resilience, an appreciation of identity and
perspective, and an understanding of the complexity of the modern world. Emphasis is on the development
of skills needed to successfully navigate higher education, the workplace and society.A minimum of 90 timetabled hours is expected to be devoted to the personal and professional skills course.Service learning
Service learning is the practical application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified
community need. Through service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life
situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility and accountability for their
actions.A minimum of 50 hours is expected to be devoted to service learning.Language development
Language development ensures that all students have access and are exposed to an additional language,
which is a central tenet of an IB education and will increase their understanding of the wider world. Students
are encouraged to begin or extend the study of a language other than their best language that suits their
needs, background and context. It develops students in the areas of oral, visual and written linguistic and
communicative abilities.A minimum of 50 hours is expected to be devoted to language development.
The reflective project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period and submitted in
year 2 of the Career-related Programme. Through the reflective project, students identify, analyse, discuss
and evaluate an ethical dilemma associated with an issue from their career-related studies. This work
encourages students to engage in personal inquiry, intellectual discovery, creativity, action and reflection,
and to develop strong thinking, research and communication skills.
The reflective project is assessed using grades A to E, with A representing the highest level of achievement.
A minimum of 50 hours is expected to be devoted to the reflective project.