The framework consists of three elements.

The career-related study

Students will follow a professional course (e.g. a BTEC) in a specialist area, using a practical, real-world approach to learning.The IB collaborates with a range of major accredited providers, including the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISD, the IFS School of Finance, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), and Pearson BTEC, with qualifications ranging from marketing to performing arts. The IB is continuously developing additional career-pathways with professional communities in the UK. Schools determine the appropriate career-related study course(s) to offer, therefore may have chosen to offer courses from another provider.

Academic study

As part of the programme, students are required to complete at least two DP courses, from the following subject areas: language and literature; a foreign language; individuals and societies: science, mathematics; and the arts.

CP skills-based core

The programme’s core is what defines the programme and makes it unique. It consists of the following:

  • The personal and professional skills course emphasises the development of the skills and attributes needed to flourish in the chosen career pathway.
  • The reflective project is an independent, in-depth piece of work undertaken over an extended period of time for which the student investigates an ethical issue within their career-related subject area.
  • Service learning focuses on community service as a vehicle for learning. Through service, he or she will develop and apply their personal and social skills, gaining experience of teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving, with opportunities to show initiative and take responsibility.
  • Language development gives access to learning a second language. This component is not examined, but will enable him or her to develop a skill that employers value, and emphasises the importance of language in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world.
International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme diagram