CP for parents
The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is for students, age 16–19 years, who wish to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of secondary school. The CP combines the highly regarded and academically challenging courses from the IB Diploma Programme (DP) with practical, real-world approaches to learning. All of the elements of the CP help students develop the communication, personal, and academic skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
Why the CP?
Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the CP because it:
- combines academic subjects with professional interests
- encourages critical thinking and creativity in real-world situations
- helps students to effectively work independently and in collaboration with others
- opens new perspectives and a sense of international-mindedness
- develops greater self-confidence and self-awareness through study
What's unique about the CP curriculum?
Students complete the four core components of the CP and two DP courses. The core consists of service learning, personal and professional skills, language development and a reflective project. In addition, students select a career-related studies that draw all aspects of the CP together. The chosen career-related studies path prepares students for higher education, an internship, apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest.
Academics that enhance the CP
The academic rigor of the Career-related Programme (CP) is built upon the high standards set by the IB's renowned Diploma Programme courses. This blend of academic and professional study creates a programme that is suitable both for students with a particular career interest, and for students who do not yet have a specific career pathway in mind. Exams at the end of each DP courses are assessed in accordance with rigorous international standards. The IB is committed to testing relevant thinking skills by creating meaningful tasks that allow the student to show their understanding of the subject—not just their memory skills. The IB recognizes the importance of examination results as a passport to university, and jobs and provides a worldwide standard which has retained its value and meaning over many years.
The career-related studies are offered by the school and aligned with student needs and progress toward further study or direct employment. Each school chooses the career-related studies most suited to local conditions and the needs of its students. The career-related studies must satisfy IB criteria for accreditation, assessment and quality assurance.
Partnerships with global experts in career-related studies
The IB collaborates with major providers of career-related qualifications to support schools who offer the CP. These collaborations currently include the following:
- Pearson, for BTEC qualifications. Pearson is a multi-sector organization working in the Americas, AEM and Asia Pacific.
- Project Lead The Way, offers science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in US schools.
- National Academies Foundation (NAF), provides education in finance, hospitality, engineering and healthcare in the US.
- Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI), promotes the advancement of knowledge in the field of securities and investment in schools and colleges throughout the UK, offering qualifications for operations, compliance & risk, capital markets & corporate finance, financial planning, wealth management and more.
- Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), offers degrees in four distinct locations around the world and online via eLearning for more than 40 programs, 70 minors and certificate programs.
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), is a global professional body for chartered accounts, ICAEW provides: qualifications and professional development; shares knowledge, insight and technical expertise; and protects the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.
Exams at the end of each DP course
DP courses are assessed in accordance with rigorous international standards. Students take written examinations at the end of their courses, which are marked by external IB examiners. The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). The IB is committed to testing relevant thinking skills by creating meaningful tasks that allow the student to show their understanding of the subject—not just their memory skills. The IB recognizes the importance of examination results as a passport to university, and jobs and provides a worldwide standard which has retained its value and meaning over many years.
University destinations after the CP
CP graduates are academically prepared for success at competitive universities around the world and are ready to combine further studies with apprenticeships, internships or employment. A recent study examined higher education enrollment, destinations and persistence of all CP graduates from the US between 2013 and 2015. The study found that four out of five (81%) CP graduates enrolled in university some time after secondary school. Of those, 79% chose four year institutions over two-year colleges. They also tend to major in high-earning, career-oriented fields including engineering, business, and health sciences.
Below is a list of universities where recent CP graduates have continued their education.
Curtin University, Perth • Deakin University, Melbourne • Edith Cowan University, Perth • Griffith University, Brisbane and Gold Coast • La Trobe University, Melbourne/Sydney • University of Adelaide • University of Canberra • University of South Australia, Adelaide • Western Sydney University
Carleton University, Ottawa • Prince Edward Island University, Charlottetown • Simon Fraser University, Vancouver • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
United Arab Emirates
Canadian University of Dubai • Emirates Aviation University • Emirates Hospitality Academy, Dubai • Heriot-Watt University, Dubai Campus • Manipal University Dubai • Murdoch University Dubai • Middlesex University Dubai
Anglia Ruskin University • Birmingham City University • Bournemouth University • Brunel University • Durham University • Edinburgh Napier University • Kingston University, London • Leeds Metropolitan • Robert Gordon University • Swansea University • University of Greenwich • University of Hertfordshire • University of Northampton • University of Plymouth • University of Portsmouth • University of Westminster
Academy of Art University, San Francisco • Florida Atlantic University • The United States Military Academy at West Point • University of Maryland • University of Massachusetts, Boston • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth • University of Massachusetts, Lowell • University of Miami, Florida • University of New Hampshire