IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)
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 IBCP is designed for students aged 16 to 19 and provides a pre-university pathway that is based on educational principles, vision, and the learner profile of the IB, in a unique programme that addresses the needs of students who wish to follow a targeted course pathway. IBCP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma programme courses, core studies, and a career-related study.
A career-related study supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. The IBCP core helps students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes required for lifelong learning. Contemporary careers place complex demands on graduates entering the workforce. 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.
At Dulwich College (Singapore), students may choose to follow the IBCP with the following career pathways:
- Business and Sustainability
- Performance and Production Arts
- Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication
- Digital Technology
WHO IS IT FOR
- Upper Senior School Students (16-19) who are looking for practical, real-life approaches to learning that will enable them access to higher education, internships, apprenticeships or positions in a chosen field of interest.
- Students who have a high level of interest in a particular field of study and want to acquire a deeper understanding of that subject.
- Students who wish to engage in career-related learning whilst gaining transferable life skills such as applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication and cross-cultural engagement.
Charlotte Martin (IB Career-related Programme Coordinator) discusses what make the IBCP unique.
THE CP CURRICULUM
CP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses (either standard or higher level), a core consisting of four components (Reflective Project, Personal and Professional Skills, Language Development, and Service Learning) 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 provides practical, real-world approaches to learning and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES
- Students will benefit from both a rigorous IB education and the professional skills and personal qualities developed through the IBCP Core components.
- Students will learn to demonstrate high levels of resilience and flexibility whilst growing in self-confidence and self-awareness.
- Students will be prepared for further education, higher education, apprenticeships and employment.
- Dulwich College (Singapore) will be able to tailor its IBCP programme to meet its students’ needs and backgrounds.
Career-related programme students will access a broad, flexible education which will give them knowledge, practical training, intellectual engagement, and international-mindedness, while developing higher-order cognitive skills and academic behaviours that will enhance their employability and dramatically alter their world view.
The IBCP is accepted by many leading universities around the world including Russell Group universities in the UK and Ivy League universities in the USA as well as leading Art and Design, Sports and Performing Arts institutes around the world.
Debra Von Bargen, Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University, tells us about how the IB Career-Related Programme offers students a practical sense of the types of career and studies they may choose.