IB Career-related Programme


The IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. The IBCP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

The programme leads to apprenticeships, employment or further/higher education.

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IBCP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, an IBCP Core consisting of four components and a Career-related study. IBCP students also participate in practical work placements at local companies to give an insight into a ‘real-life’ working environment.
For IBCP 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 provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the IBCP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

The IB Career-related Programme Core
Approaches to Learning (ATL): this course emphasizes the development of transferable skills needed to operate successfully in society. It focuses on critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively.

Reflective Project (RP): through an RP students identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical dilemma associated with a particular issue taken from the student’s career-related studies. The project can be submitted in different formats such an essay, web page or short film and encourages the student to engage in personal inquiry, action and reflection, and to develop strong research and communication skills.

Community and Service (C & S): this component is based on the principle of service learning and provides students with opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge in real life situations. Students work with community members to undertake service activities that satisfy identified needs; the emphasis is on developing local knowledge, civic responsibility, social aptitude and personal growth.

Language Development (LD): LD ensures that all IBCP students have access and are exposed to a second language that will increase their understanding of the wider world. Regardless of the DP courses studied, all IBCP students are required to undertake language development in which they must improve their language proficiency in a target language other than their best language.

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Assessment and Exams
Students take written examinations at the end of their IB Diploma Programme courses which are marked by external IB examiners. The components of the IBCP core are assessed by the school.

To find out more about the IBCP, please either visit www.ibo.org/ibcp or come and meet our IBCP Coordinator at GCS.

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(Source: ibo.org)