IB Career-related Program

IB Career-related Program


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique program specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.

The CP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds, and contexts of students. CP students engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills. 

The CP provides a comprehensive educational framework that combines highly regarded and internationally recognized courses, from the IB Diploma Program (DP), with a unique CP core and an approved career-related study.

The CP develops students to be:

  • Academically strong
  • Skilled in a practical field
  • Critical and ethical thinkers
  • Self-directed
  • Collaborative
  • Resilient and determined
  • Confident and assured
  • Caring and reflective
  • Inquirers


The Career-related Programme (CP) is accessible to any student aged 16 to 19 who attends a school that has been approved to provide it. 

Job Prospects

IBCP students undertake a minimum of two IBDP courses, a career-related study, and an IBCP core: 

  • IBCP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigor of the program. IBCP students take a minimum of two IBCP courses, chosen from six main subject areas: Studies in Language and Literature; Language Acquisition; Individuals and Societies; Sciences; Mathematics; and The Arts.
  • The career-related study further supports the program’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. It prepares students for higher education, internships or an apprenticeship, or a position in a particular field of interest. This is going to look different at each individual school, which creates its own distinctive version of the curriculum in line with its local context and the needs of its students. 
  • The IBCP core is designed to create a bridge that connects each student’s chosen IBDP courses and a career-related study. It includes four components: personal and professional skills, service learning, language development, and a reflective project.