Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) has joined efforts with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to create a high-level STEM program for schools offering both programmes.

Our collaboration aims to:

  • Combine the educational principles of IB courses with a career-focused program of study
  • Offer a flexible framework that allows schools to create CP programs that meets the needs of their students

PLTW courses can be used as the career-related study component portion of the CP as long as these three requirements are met:

    1. Students must take at least two IB academic courses
    2. Students must complete the CP core
    3. Students must complete the approved career program from PLTW

Available in: The CP/ Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Career Package collaboration is available wherever Project Lead the Way is accepted.

Career pathway: Engineering, Biomedical Science, Computer Science

Duration: within the two-year timeline of the CP (last two years of secondary school).

Possible IB academic courses to choose from:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Math SL
  • Math Studies
  • Physics
  • Psychology

PLTW career pathway in Engineering:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • One of the six specialty courses and/or the capstone course

PLTW career pathway in Biomedical Science:

  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Biomedical Innovation (optional)

PLTW career pathway in Computer Science:

  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • At least two half-year specialty courses or the capstone course

To find out more about the PLTW / CP career-related studies package, please contact iba.outreach@ibo.org