The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is a three-part educational framework.
It consists of:
courses from the IB’s Diploma Programme (DP)
the CP core
Students complete at least two DP courses in any of that programme's subject groups. DP courses provide and enhance the theoretical underpinnings and academic rigour of the CP.
The CP core consists of four components - community and service, an approches to learning course, language development and a reflective project - blended together to enhance critical thinking and intercultural understanding. The CP core components give context to the DP courses and the career-related study, drawing all aspects of the framework together. Through the CP core, students develop personal qualities and professional skills, as well as intellectual habits required for lifelong learning.
Each school chooses the career-related study most suited to local conditions and the needs of its students The career-related study must satisfy IB criteria for accreditation, assessment and quality assurance.
How can students benefit from the CP?
The CP enables students to:
follow their chosen education and career pathways in life.
combine academic subjects with their personal and professional interests and skills.
engage in learning that makes a positive difference to their community.
think critically and creatively.
communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of situations.
work independently and in collaboration with others.
consider new perspectives and other points of view.
develop greater self-confidence and self-awareness.
demonstrate high levels of resilience and flexibility.
be internationally-minded and globally aware.
apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios and situations.
What kind of student is a good candidate for the CP?
The CP is an excellent choice for students who seek academic rigour, have already determined their area of career specialization, and want hands-on learning and experience in their chosen field. The programme provides students with an impressive portfolio of accomplishments for university study and employment.
What's the difference between the CP and the DP?
The DP consists of six academic courses plus a different core than the CP. The DP core components are creativity, activity, service (CAS), a theory of knowledge course (TOK) and an extended essay. Moreover, the DP does not include a career-related course of study.
How do IB programmes support college and career readiness?
College and career readiness refers not only to content knowledge but skills and habits that students must have to succeed in postsecondary education or training that leads directly to the workforce.
Do CP teachers receive special training?
All CP teachers receive professional development in the IB's approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the CP.