Career-related Programme (CP)

Program Rationale

We are aiming to prepare learners 16-19 for the increased demands by both university/colleges and employers for internationally minded young adults. In order for the Canada to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century and be able to embrace unknown challenges, your generation will need to have certain attributes besides subject knowledge and skills. The IB Career-related Programme provides both the breadth and flexibility that students want and will develop qualities that university/colleges and employers need.


In a (global) multicultural society, it is essential that students preparing for employment (directly or after university/college) develop a good understanding of world issues and contexts and an understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens. The IBCP prepares students for flexibility and mobility in a range of employment opportunities as well as for lifelong learning.


The IBCP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of students. Each school creates its own distinctive version of the IBCP.  The IB CP consists of academic and vocational courses, supported by the Core. It is the Core, which will make the difference and will prepare learners for challenges and opportunities during their career.


Find out more about the CP.

Learn more about students in the CP.

Course Options



Grade 11

Grade 12


Language Development

French (grade 10 or 11) or






Personal Professional Skills

World religions

Philosophy or



(Choose 2 IB courses)

4 – Experimental Sciences

Chemistry SL and/or

Biology HL or

Physics HL

Chemistry SL and/or

Biology HL and Science HL or

Physics HL and Science HL

5 – Mathematics

Advanced Functions HL/SL

Calculus and Vectors HL/SL

Health & Wellness

4 – Experimental Sciences

Biology HL

Healthy/Active Living SL

Biology HL and Science HL

Kinesiology SL

Sports Management

3 – Individuals and Society

Financial Accounting HL

Business Leadership HL

4 – Experimental Sciences

Healthy and Active Living SL

Kinesiology SL





Read about the CP curriculum.

IBCP Assessment Criteria

To be awarded the IB Career-Related Certificate, students must:

  • Achieve a minimum grade of 3 (out of 7) for two IB diploma subjects
  • Complete the Co-op course successfully
  • Achieve a minimum grade D for Reflective Project
  • Complete the Language development course
  • Complete the Personal and Professional skills course (World Religions, Philosophy)
  • Complete the requirements for Service Learning diploma

Diploma programme (DP) courses within the CP are assessed in accordance with rigorous international standards. They feature both internal assessments and an external examination. Internal assessment tasks are set by the IB and assessed by teachers. Samples are submitted to the IB for moderation. Students taking written examinations in May of Year 2 (grade 12), which are marked by external IB examiners. Grades awards for each course range from 1 to 7.

Find out more about CP assessment and exams.






Acknowledging sources cited or used in your work, for example an essay or assignment, and allows those who read your work to verify your sources

(Pears and Shields, 2013)


List of all materials and sources used in your work



If you use exact words from a text, they should be put in quotation marks

Information provided: Last name, Year of Publication, Page number

Headington (2002, p.48) states that one or more learning objectives are ideal.


It has been suggested that one or more learning objectives are ideal (Headington, 2002, p.48).

Summarising, paraphrasing

Use your own words to put what the author is saying

Information provided: Last name, Year of publication

Goble (2013) suggests that those new to knitting would benefit from finding a comfortable way to hold the needles.


There are suggestions that that those new to knitting would benefit from finding a comfortable way to hold the needles (Goble, 2013).

Multiple Sources

When referring to two or more publications at the same time use semicolons (;) to separate them and in chronological order (earliest first). If some are published in the same year then these are placed in alphabetical order by author/editor.

Several studies on reading (Austin, 2014; Hall, 2014; Foreman, 2017) have looked at …


Reference List/Bibliography

  • Put all sources in alphabetical order by last of author or editor.
  • All authors/editors must be included
  • Do not separate different types of sources (websites, newspaper articles, books, etc)





Books (including ebooks)

Last name, first initial. (Year) Title. Edition. Place of publication: Name of Publisher

Headington, R. (2002) Monitoring, Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Accountability. 2nd edn. London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd

Journal article

(printed, electronic)

Last name, first initial. (Year of publication) ‘Title of Article’, Title of Journal, volume number (month/season/), page numbers

Brown, O. (2011) Ways to Read, Literature Today, 27 (2), pp. 11-17.

Web Pages

Last name, first initial OR Name of Organization (year of publication, last updated) Title of Site. Available at URL (Accessed: date).

Health and Safety Executive (2014) Workers: Health and Safety. Available at: (Accessed: 23 October 2016)

Newspaper Article

Last name, first initial. (Year) ‘Title of Article’, Name of Newspaper (regional edn), day and month, page number.

Foreman, E. (2017) ‘Holmesdale Read for Charity’, The Telegraph, 17 July, p.17


Adapted from: Smout, R. (2017) IBCP Student Handbook. The Holmstead School.