The CP requires students to adopt a variety of styles of learning and to also work together in teams.

Paul Luxmoore - Executive Head Teacher of Dane Court Grammar School and King Ethelbert School, Kent

Career-related Programme: Frequently asked questions

A 2015 survey conducted by the CBI found that well over half (61 percent) of all businesses are concerned about young people’s understanding of soft skills and half feel that schools should do more to develop awareness of working life among young people aged 14 to 19 years. Recent findings by the Association of Accounting Technicians also reveal that 80 percent of young people feel their education has not prepared them for the world of work. It therefore makes sense that a programme exists to prepare students not only for higher education but also for the demands and expectations of the work place.

What is the International Baccalaureate’s Career-related Programme?

The Career-related Programme (CP) is an education model tailored to students who want to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of school or sixth form college. It allows students to create individual pathways that lead to either further study, apprenticeships or employment.

How does the programme work?

The CP requires students to complete at least two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses of their choice, a career-related study (i.e. a BTEC) offered by the individual school or college and four unique CP core components. The DP courses provide the element of academic study; the career-related study provides practical real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps students to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning. The core consists of four components – personal and professional skills; service learning; language development; and a reflective project.

Personal and professional skills

The personal and professional skills course aims to develop responsibility, practical problem-solving, good intellectual habits, ethical understanding and perseverance; emphasis is placed on the development of skills needed to successfully navigate higher education, the workplace and society.

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 and responsibility for their actions.

Language development

Language development ensures that all CP students are exposed to another language other than their mother tongue. The opportunity to learn a second language is a central principle of an IB education.

Reflective project

The reflective project asks students to identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related study, through an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time. This work encourages students to engage in personal enquiry, intellectual discovery, creativity, research and communication skills. .

How does the course support career readiness?

Career readiness refers not only to content knowledge but to skills and habits that students must have developed to succeed in post-18 education or training that leads directly to the workplace.

The programme allows graduates who are beginning their careers to manage the complex demands of the 21st century by developing time management skills and intercultural understanding by learning to think critically, to write effectively and to collaborate.

Why choose a CP graduate for your business?

The CP enables students to become self-confident, skilled and career-ready learners. Through a focus on work-related learning, the CP prepares young people with the skills set, outlook and academic grounding required for 21st century employment. The programme helps students to develop communication skills and intercultural understanding through their exposure to learning a second language.