IB Career-Related Programme (IBCP)



The IBCP incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a stand-out programme 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.

Importantly, the IBCP prepares students for an ever-changing world of work, asking them to consider new perspectives, engage in learning that makes a positive difference, develop both academic and practical skills, think creatively and critically, communicate effectively, work independently and in collaboration, and become self-confident, resilient, and flexible.

The programme’s three-part framework comprises career-related work, the study of two IB Diploma courses, and the IBCP Core that connects the chosen Diploma courses directly with career-related studies.

The IBCP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of their own students – each creating its own distinctive version of the IBCP.



Importantly, the IBCP prepares students for an ever-changing world of work – asking them to:

  • Consider new perspectives and other points of view
  • Engage in learning that makes a positive difference
  • Develop a combination of traditional academic skills and practical skills
  • Think critically and creatively in rapidly-changing and global workplaces
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Become self-confident people who are resilient and flexible.


Specifically designed to empower students who want to specialise in, and focus on, a career-related education, the programme’s three-part framework comprises:

  • Career-related studies
  • The study of at least two Diploma Programme courses
  • The distinctive IBCP core which is designed to create a bridge that connects each student’s chosen Diploma Programme courses and career-related studies.


The IBCP prepares students for businesses and industries that require workers with self-confidence, community interactions, accomplished personal and professional skills, an understanding of global languages, and the ability to make ethical decisions. 

  • Diploma Programme courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigour
  • Career-related studies further support the programme’s academic strength and provide practical, real-world approaches to learning
  • The IBCP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.


1) Two or three IB Diploma courses

IB World Schools select a number of IB Diploma Programme courses as part of the IBCP framework. These courses can come from any of the subject groups in the IB Diploma Programme and may be studied at standard or higher level. It is possible to study more than two Diploma Programme courses (up to four courses), depending on the nature of the student’s career-related studies and timetable. The Diploma Programme courses chosen should be relevant to the student’s career-related studies.

(Must take two IB courses & all IB courses for IBCP can be taken at SL or HL)

  •  First course from Group 1—English (SL or HL)
  • Second course from Group 5 – Math (SL or HL) orMath can be taken just for High School credit for one year or two years, especially if student is planning on attending an American University
  • Third course from Group 3 or 6 (courses available will depend on scheduling availability) orthis course could be the 2nd IB Diploma course if the student chooses to only take Math for HS credit
  • Group 3 or 6 subjects include: ITGS, History, Economics, Psychology, Art, Theatre, or Music -- or in this schedule block Design Technology is often available
2) Career Focused Certificated Program of Study

The career-related element of the programme provides the opportunity for students to learn about theories and concepts through application and practice while developing broad-based skills in authentic and meaningful contexts. The career-related studies are selected by the school and must satisfy IB criteria in relation to accreditation, assessment and quality assurance.

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Award in Business--120 Credit Qualification

For more info go to the following link:


or click here: Download for the document showing the BTEC business units starting on page 14 of the downloaded document

Future courses under consideration for ACS Egham are. . .

  • BTEC Level 3 National Award in IT
  • BTEC Level 3 National Award in Sport & Exercise Science
  • BTEC Level 3 National Award in Travel & Tourism

These vocational course options are under consideration and the courses offered will depend on the amount of student interest making the course viable to run as well as available staffing for scheduling. If you are interested in one of the considered courses, please let the school know.

3) IBCP Core

The IBCP approaches to learning course introduces students to transferable life skills-to help students make sense of the world around them. The course emphasises critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively.

Community and service in the IBCP core is based on the principle of service learning, using community service as a vehicle for new learning with academic value. The service learning model in the IBCC emphasises knowledge development, civic development, social development and personal development.

Language development ensures that all IBCP students have access and are exposed to, a second language that will increase their understanding of the wider world. Students are encouraged to begin or extend the study of an additional language that suits their needs, background and context.

Through a reflective project students identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their careerrelated studies. The project can be submitted in different formats including an essay, web page or short film. This work encourages the student to engage in personal inquiry, action and reflection, and to develop strong research and communications skills.

  • Community and service:  Similar to the Diploma CAS requirements
  • Approaches to learning (ATL) course -(scheduled 2 class periods per week over two years):  Course that focuses on and develops lifelong learning skills with an emphasis on thinking critically and ethically and communicating effectively in a variety of contexts
  • Language development - at a variety of levels(scheduled 1 class period per week over two years and a portfolio is completed for final assessment):  Language development of a second language through a recognised course of study
  • Reflective project:  Research paper in relation to a field of work

IBCP – Work Experience

  • Work Placement Experiences at different lengths in the second year of study.