Career-related Programme

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is designed for students aged 16-19.

What is the CP?

The CP is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

Find out more about the CP.

The CP curriculum

CP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components 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 provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

Read about the CP curriculum.

Assessment and exams

Students take written examinations at the end of their IB Diploma Programme courses which are marked by external IB examiners.

The components of the CP core are assessed by the school.

Find out more about CP assessment and exams.

Who is the CP for?

The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

Learn more about students in the CP.

Resources for CP schools

A range of resources for teachers, students and schools are available on the IB online curriculum centre (OCC).

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