IB Career-Related Programme (IB CP)

IB Career-Related Programme (IB CP)

We are pleased that in the near future, we will be adding the IB CP to our already very successful IB DP offered by our school.

What is IB CP?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The Career-related Programme (CP), designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB), is an innovative education programme tailored to the students.

A major advantage is that the IBCP offers students flexibility: it offers them challenging academics and professional skills.

As of 1 November 2018, there are 214 schools offering the CP in 23 countries

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Structure

The Career Programme (CP) allows students to combine their academic subjects with their non-academic interests and skills while allowing access further education, apprenticeships and employment in areas such as business, IT, health care, sports, and many others.


Core Elements of IB CP

Personal and professional skills - students develop attitudes, skills and strategies, that are transferable, to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future

Reflective Project - students identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies

Service learning  - in this research-based approach, Service learning is the development and application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified and authentic community need
Language Development - to communicate in more than one language is essential to IB’s concept of international education. Language development encourages students to improve their proficiency in a language other than their best

Subjects areas of IB CP

Between 2 to 4 DP subjects; HL or SL or a combination of both

Studies in language and literature - English Language and Literature; Bulgarian Literature; French Language and Literature

Language acquisition - English B; Spanish ab Initio; Spanish B; French ab Initio; French B; German ab Initio

Individuals and societies - Business and Management; Information Technology in a Global Society; Environmental Systems and Societies

Mathematics - Mathematics: Analysis and approaches and Mathematics: Applications and interpretation

Experimental sciences - Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Environmental Systems and Societies

The Arts - Visual Arts is offered, with an impressive history of exhibitions and pieces

Career-Related Study

This is designed to prepare students for higher education, an internship or apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest.

IB CP Assessment

  • The IB Diploma elements of the IBCP are assessed by written examinations and are then marked externally.
  • IBCP core components are examined and marked by the school (although the reflective project is moderated by the IB).
  • 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).
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