International Baccalaureate Careers Programme
What is the IBCP?
Designed by employers and academics together, the IBCP develops specific careers skills as well as promoting academic independence, preparing students for the 21st century work place. Like the Diploma programme, the Careers programme is more than a collection of subjects; it develops students exceptionally well for further study or employment.
Why study the IBCP?
The IBCP brings together the best of academic and vocational qualifications, allowing students to keep their optiosn open. It provides excellent experience of a career-related study and the skills demanded by employers, and provides a clear route into apprenticeships. It also brings the academic rigour of the IB Diploma courses, and provides UCAS tariff points and skills for further study.
What will I study as part of the IBCP?
All students study one BTEC subject from the following:
• Media • Performing Arts • Sport
In addition all students study at least two IB subjects from the following:
Group 1. Native Language (English, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish)
Group 4. Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports Science, Nature of Science, Environmental Studies)
Group 5. Mathematics
Group 6. The Arts/Free Choice Dance, Film, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Spanish Ab Initio, Japanese Ab Initio, French (second language) Biology, Chemistry, History, Psychology, Philosophy, Economics
Examples of popular IBCP pathways
For more information on the subjects, click here.
What is the IBCP Core?
The IB Core is designed to bring together the different elements of the careers programme, and provides students with an opportunity to develop skills such as independence and enquiry, that are praised by universities and demanded by employers. Students study courses in Personal and Professional skills, complete the Reflective Project, and participate in Service Learning.
What could the IBCP lead to?
At Impington we have strong links with a range of employers to support routes into apprenticeships. These include: ARM, Marshall, Addenbrooke’s, Iliffe Media, Morgan Stanley and Carter Construction. For students who wish to move on to university, over fifty UK universities recognise the IBCP, including:
Entry requirements for the IBCP:
We require at least five subjects at GCSE grade 4 or higher, ideally including Mathematics and English and preferably with a grade 5 in your area of specialism. Strong interest in the vocational BTEC subject will need to be in evidence at the guidance meeting.