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International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

The following Frequently Asked Questions about the Career related programme have been provided by the International Baccalaureate Organisation

What is the Career-related Programme?

The International Baccalaureate’s Career-related Programme (CP) is an innovative education programme tailored for students who want to focus on career-related learning through sixth form. It allows students to create an individualized pathway that leads to further study, apprenticeships or employment after graduation. 

By developing academic skills and employment-related competencies, the CP provides the basis for:

  • effective participation in the changing workplace
  • improved mobility and flexibility in employment
  • additional training
  • further or higher education
  • lifelong learning.

Here’s how the CP works: It combines courses from the International Baccalaureate’s highly regarded Diploma Programme (DP) with an approved career-related study program and a unique CP core. The core consists of four components—service learning, personal and professional skills, language development and a reflective project—blended together to enhance critical thinking and intercultural understanding. Combined, these elements help students develop the communication and personal skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Service learning

Service learning emphasizes developing students’ local knowledge, civic responsibility, social aptitude and personal growth.

Personal and professional skills (PPS)

This course develops attitudes, skills and strategies students can apply to personal and professional situations. The emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations, as well as life skills that help make sense of the world. The personal and professional skills course emphasizes critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively.

Language development

Language development ensures that all CP students are exposed to a language other than their mother tongue that will increase their understanding of the wider world. Students are encouraged to study a language that suits their needs and background.

Reflective project

The reflective project asks students to identify, analyze, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies. The project can be done in different formats, including an essay, a web page or a short lm. This work encourages students to ask questions, take action and reflect as they develop strong research and communication skills.

How do IBCP support University and career readiness?

University and career readiness refers not only to content knowledge but to skills and habits that students must have to succeed in postsecondary education or training that leads directly to the workforce. In addition to providing academic rigour, IB programmes develop skills such as time management and critical thinking that have been identified as necessary to successfully navigate, persist in and complete university.

To find out more about the IBCP, click here.

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