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IB Career-related Programme (including BTEC)

What is the IBCP?


The Career-related Programme (CP), designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB), is an innovative education programme tailored to students who want to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of school. It allows students to create an individualised path that leads to either further study or employment after graduation. 

By developing academic skills and employment-related competencies, the CP provides the basis for:

  • effective participation in the changing workplace
  • improved mobility and flexibility in employment
  • additional training
  • further education
  • lifelong learning.

The CP combines courses from the International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme with an approved career-related study program and a unique CP core. The core consists of four components—community and service, approaches to learning course, language development and a reflective project—blended together to enhance critical thinking and intercultural understanding. Combined, these elements help students develop the communication and personal skills necessary for success in a rapidly changing world.

Contents of the Course

IBCP Subjects

IBCP students study a BTEC Diploma subject, two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses and the IBCP Core. For entry to an IBCP programme of study students must have 5 or more GCSE qualifications at grade 4+ to be considered.

For specific subject’s entry requirement, please click here:

Entry Requirements

The IBCP course outline at Eltham Hill:

One of the following BTEC courses (worth two A Levels)

Health and Social Care

and two of the following IB diploma subjects at Standard Level (SL):

English Literature
Visual Arts
Maths Studies
Theatre Studies

Please note, if insufficient numbers of students choose a particular course, then it may not be viable to run that course.


Community and service (Work Experience)

Community and service is based on the principles of service learning, which emphasise developing local knowledge, civic responsibility, social aptitude and personal growth.

Personal and Professional Skills

This course introduces students to life skills that help make sense of the world. The course emphasizes critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively

Language development (French, German or Spanish)

Language development ensures that all CP students are exposed to a language, other than their mother tongue, that will increase their understanding of the wider world. Students are encouraged to study a language that suits their needs and background.

Reflective project

The reflective project asks students to identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies. The project can be done in different formats, including an essay, a web page or a short film. This work encourages students to ask questions, take action and reflect as they develop strong research and communication skills.


Diploma Programme (DP) courses within the CP are assessed in accordance with rigorous international standards. Students take written examinations at the end of their courses, which are marked by external IB examiners. The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).

Every CP student must complete the four elements of the CP core; the reflective project, service learning, personal and professional skills, and language development.

The reflective project is assessed by the school and moderated and graded by the IB. They are graded from A to E, with A being the highest.

The school is responsible for confirming with the IB that students have completed the requirements for service learning, personal and professional skills and language development.

These are assessed by the school.


Who is the IBCP for?

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.

How do IB programmes support university and career readiness?

University and career readiness refers not only to content knowledge but skills and habits that students must have to succeed in postsecondary education or training that leads directly to the workforce. In addition to providing academic rigour, IB programmes develop skills such as time management and critical thinking that have been identified as necessary to successfully navigate, persist in and complete university.

IBCP graduates are prepared for a wide range of postsecondary options, including going on to university, working in the “real world”, and pursuing further professional studies. Many students who may not have chosen the Diploma Programme because their interests lie in professional training choose the IBCP because it offers the best of both worlds. David Barrs, head of the Anglo European School in the United Kingdom, agrees, telling the UK’s Telegraph that the IBCP “opens the IB experience to a wider range of students.”



More Information

IBCP Complaints Policy 

For more information please email our Post 16 Student Support Manager Tanya Williams-Campbell, twilliamscampbell@elthamhill.greenwich.sch.uk to arrange a visit to discuss the IB at Eltham Hill School.

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