The IB Career-related Programme
What is the CP?
The IB Career-Related Program (CP) is an innovative education framework for students ages 16-19 incorporating the vision and education principles of the IB into a unique program specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the CP is to provide students whose passion is focused on a career-related pathway with both a more rigorous academic format and a practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success as they move into various colleges and later into the workforce.
The programme aims to develop students interests in a specific career path, and help students flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. The CP curriculum is made up of two required IB Diploma course subjects that students study as one component of the program. The second part of the CP is the CP "Core", which is comprised the Personal & Professional Skills (PPS) course, a career-related Service Learning experience, and the Reflective Project. Through the CP Core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge as it relates to their intended field of study, complete independent research on an ethical dilemma in their pathway and undertake projects that often involves community service.
What the CP offers students
Through the CP, schools are able to develop students who:
- have excellent knowledge and expertise in a specific career pathway
- flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
- study at least two languages
- excel in some traditional academic subjects
- explore the "soft skills" the business world is putting high value on through the Personal & Professional Skills course.
Why offer the CP?
International research shows that there are many benefits to choosing the CP over other 16-19 year old curricula. For example:
- CP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them
- Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP’s extended essay improves students’ approach to learning in higher education.
- Offers students a more rigorous scheduling opportunity for those with a passion for a particular career pathway