The Career-related Programme (CP) is the fourth International Baccalaureate programme (along with the PYP, MYP and DP) and it is aimed at students entering the last two years of Secondary School who have a particular career path in mind. The CP allows students to specialise and dedicate themselves to an area of learning that they know they want to pursue. “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 provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.” (IBO, 2020)
The programme is illustrated by a circle with the four parts of the core at its centre.
Figure 4: The IB CP Curriculum Model
The distinctive core components of the CP are: Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) “PPS is designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future. In this course the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations.” (IBO, 2016) Students will have two blocks of PPS per fortnight. Reflective Project (RP) “The RP is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time and submitted towards the end of the CP. It is the product of the students’ own initiative and should reflect their personal experience of the CP. The RP is intended to promote high-level research, writing and extended communication skills, intellectual discovery and creativity through a variety of different approaches.” (IBO, 2016) Service Learning (SL) “SL provides opportunities for students to understand their capacity to make meaningful contributions to their community and society. Through SL, students develop and apply academic knowledge, personal skills and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility and accountability for their actions. The purpose is for students to contribute to society by improving the lives of people or assisting the environment or animals.” (IBO, 2016) Language Development (LD) “LD ensures that all students have access to and are exposed to a language programme that will assist and further their understanding of the wider world. The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the IB’s concept of an international education. LD encourages students to improve their proficiency in a language other than their best language.” (IBO, 2016) Students will have one block of LD per fortnight to work on their portfolio. They will also need to either pick a language course as one of their DP courses, or study the language with a tutor or via an online course.
MYP & CP The CP builds on the skills, concepts and attitudes embedded in the Middle Years Programme. The MYP’s interdisciplinary and conceptual approach to teaching and learning, framed by global contexts, provides excellent grounding for the CP’s PPS course. The skills developed in the MYP Personal Project serve our students well in the Reflective Project, the major independent research project in the CP. Also, a student’s fulfilment of the MYP’s Community Engagement commitment should provide the fundamental skills and attitudes for participation in Service Learning.
Timetable and curriculum coverage CP students have the same DC lessons times, learning team support and timetable as the DP students. They will have more study blocks and they should use these blocks to study for their career-related course.
In addition, CP students have to follow a career-related course with one of our partner-providers. They will go off-site twice a week to attend classes or use their study blocks to take part in an online course. We are offering the following options:
Lesson time with partner-providers Students might have to miss some of their DP classes to attend classes with the partner-providers. Term dates with the partner-providers are different to the DC term dates and students are expected to attend all classes. For APA, ICI/HTI and BSD, students will have two classes a week (in the afternoon/evening) offsite. Days and times of these classes will be confirmed at the beginning of the school year and may vary through the year depending on timetable and availability of the partner schools’ teachers and facilities. Classes with the other partner schools are online. Students will have a dedicated block for e-learning support and should use their study blocks to study online using their e-learning platform