IBCC has approved the equivalence of the CP to the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) science group


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The Career-related Programme (CP) has been officially recognized by Pakistan’s Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), Ministry of Education, and is equivalent to the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Science subjects (Pre-Medical/Pre-Engineering Group) of Pakistan. All students who have a Secondary School Certificate, or equivalent qualification, will be eligible to study the CP

“The CP is a future-ready IB programme, blending workplace skills development with both academic and vocational qualifications. The CP enables students to pursue their passions and engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills. The equivalence of the CP to Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) (science group) will facilitate the students' diverse needs and open doors to medical and engineering universities in Pakistan,” said Dr Ghulam Ali Mallah, Secretary IBCC.

The CP is specifically designed for students aged 16–19 who wish to engage in career-related learning, while also continuing to gain transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication and cross-cultural engagement. The CP is an innovative blend of academic study and career skills that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme. The CP’s three-part framework comprises the study of at least two Diploma Programme (DP) courses alongside the distinctive CP core and a career-related study.

Universities across the world value a CP student for a number of reasons, including their ability to manage a challenging and varied workload, while also bringing the appropriate level of academic knowledge and understanding. The CP is equivalent to Higher Secondary School Certificate (Humanities Group and Science) in Pakistan.

The IB would like to thank the IBCC, for its decision and in turn widening access to an IB education.