How the CP works

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Students in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them, while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

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.

For CP students, DP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigour of the programme; the career-related study further supports the programme’s academic strength and provide practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning 

How is teaching and learning organized in the CP?

The CP core is designed to create a bridge that connects each student’s chosen DP courses and career-related study. It includes personal and professional skills, servive learning, language development and a reflective project.

IB World Schools select a number of DP courses as part of the CP framework.

The career-related study prepares students for higher education, internships or an apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest. Each school chooses the career-related courses most suited to local conditions and the needs of their students.

Find out how to become an IB World School, in order to implement the CP.

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