Career Related Programme

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What is IBCP?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Program (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique program specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. Incoming 9th graders should apply to the IB Program if they want to begin the IB education in 9th grade. Students are encouraged to apply to the IB program as a whole and may choose their program (diploma or career) when rising to the 11th grade.

The CP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of students. CP students engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills.

What the CP offers students

The CP provides a comprehensive educational framework that combines highly regarded and internationally recognized courses, from the IB Diploma Program (DP), with a unique CP core and an approved career-related study.

The CP develops students to be:

  • Academically strong Theatre Arts and Marine Science
  • Skilled in a practical field
  • Critical and ethical thinkers
  • Self-directed
  • Collaborative
  • Resilient and determined
  • Confident and assured
  • Caring and reflective
  • Inquirers

History of IBCP

  • After a 6 year pilot involving schools from around the world, the IBCP was made available to IB Diploma Program schools in 2012.
  • Riverview High School received authorization to offer IBCP beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Approximately 30 juniors participated in the inaugural CP cohort in the areas of International Business or Engineering.
  • As of June 2018, there are 204 schools offering the CP in 16 countries.

Opportunities Available through IBCP:

  • Industry Certifications
  • College credit through IB diploma courses
  • Mentorships
  • Internships
  • Research and Writing skills

IBCP Program Requirements

IB Career-related Program Requirements:

1a. Completion of the IBCP Core*
1b. Completion of at least 2 Diploma Program courses, where at least one course is a 2-year sequence;
1c. Participation in the career-related courses for Engineering, International Business or Computer Programming, JROTC, Theatre Arts and Marine Science

1a. The IBCP Core

The IBCP Core:
The components of the core are at the heart of the Career-related Program and are designed to enhance students’ personal qualities and professional development.

The Career-related Program core contextualizes the Diploma Program courses and the career-related study and draws all aspects of the framework together. The core is designed to develop many of the characteristics and attributes described in the IB learner profile.

All components of the core are mandatory. They are:
Personal and Professional Skills (previously known at Approaches to Learning)- 2 year course during junior and senior years;
Service Learning- minimum of 50 hours;
Language Development- minimum of 50 hours;
Reflective Project- submitted and assessed during senior year of the program.


1c. Career & Technical Education Program Sequences for IBCP

  • Engineering
    • Intro to Engineering
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    • Principles of Engineering
    • Engineering Design and Development
  • International Business
    • Digital Info Tech
    • Accounting Applications
    • Int’l Business Systems
    • Int’l Finance and Law
  • Computer Programming
    • Digital Info Tech
    • Foundations of Programming
    • Procedural Programming
    • AP Computer Programming
  • Commercial Art
    • Graphic Design & Illustration
    • Visual Communication
    • Print & Digital Media
    • Leadership & Training 1
    • Leadership & Training 2
    • Leadership & Training 3
    • Leadership & Training 4
  • Marine Science
    • Biology
    • Marine Science Honors
    • IB Marine Science
    • Stars to Starfish Internship Program
  • Performing Art: Theatre
    • Acting 1
    • Acting 2
    • IB Theatre Arts 1
    • IB Theatre Arts 2
  • Performing Art: Music (Guitar, Orchestra, Band, Chorus)
    • Ensemble 3
    • Ensemble 4
    • Ensemble 5
    • Ensemble 6
  • Education
    • Intro to Teaching
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction

University Recognition

Through the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Program (CP), students deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge, engaging in a holistic education model that fosters an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

As a result of the program, students develop the self-confidence and skills to participate successfully in higher education.

Universities and further/higher education institutions are likely to value the CP, for a number of reasons.

Riverview High School
1 Ram Way
Sarasota, Florida 34231
(941) 923-1484

Contact Us
E-mail the IBPO Executive Board:

James Minor
(IB Coordinator)
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Trudi Ellis
(Riverview IB Administrative Asst.)

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Jessica Bies
(IBCP Coordinator)

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