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IB Diploma Programme curriculum

International Baccalaureate
Career Related Programmes

Knowledgeum Academy is a Candidate School* for the IBCP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that Knowledgeum Academy believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: The Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

IB Diploma Programme curriculum

Overview of CP in the IB framework

The CP is an international education framework that blends IB ideals into a one-of-a-kind course that meets the needs of students pursuing career-related education.

The programme leads to further/higher education opportunities, apprenticeships, and employment.

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Importance of CP in fostering career readiness

The CP was designed specifically for students who want to engage in career-related learning by developing transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural awareness.

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What is CP?

Defining Career-Related Programmes

The CP core components give context to the DP courses and the career-related study, drawing all aspects of the framework together. Through the CP core, students develop personal qualities and professional skills, as well as intellectual habits required for lifelong learning.

How CP complements the traditional IB Diploma Programme?

Every school chooses the career-related study which is most suited to relevant surroundings, and the needs of its students. The career-related study must satisfy IB criteria for accreditation, assessment and quality assurance.

Structure of CP

Core components: Personal and Professional Skills (PPS), Reflective Project, Service Learning and Language Development.

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Personal and Professional Skills

Personal and professional skills are nurtured in students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies which can be applied to personal and professional contexts. This course emphasises a range of skill development pertinent to different workplace situations.

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Reflective Project

The reflective project is an extensive body of work created over a long period of time and submitted near the end of the CP. Students use a reflective project to identify, assess, critically discuss, and evaluate an ethical issue connected to their career studies.

The reflective project fosters high-level research, writing, and expanded communication abilities, as well as intellectual discovery and creative thinking.

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Service Learning

Service learning refers to the development and application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified and authentic community need.

Learners often undertake service initiatives related to previously studied topics in their academic disciplines in this research-based approach using skills, understandings and values developed throughout the curriculum.

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Language Development

Language development ensures that every learner has access to a language programme that assists and diversifies their understanding of the world around them. IB emphasises that the ability to communicate in multiple languages is essential especially in an international education.

Language development encourages students to improve their proficiency in a language other than their first language. It is introduced to ensure the learners fluidity in their future academic or professional set up.

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Benefits of CP

Preparation for the workforce

The CP enables students to:

  • Navigate towards their choice of education and career pathways in life
  • Infuse academic subjects with their personal and professional interests and potential
  • Partake in immersive and inclusive learning
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Comprehend and communicate eloquently in a variety of situations
  • Work independently and in collaboratively
  • Consider new perspectives and other points of view
  • Develop greater self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Exhibit increase resilience and flexibility academically and personally
  • Inculcate a sound global approach
  • Apply their knowledge to real-world circumstances.

Alignment with career goals and interests

The career-related study is designed to prepare students for higher education, an internship or apprenticeship, or a position in a designated field of interest.

It provides the opportunity for students to learn about theories and concepts through application and practice while developing broad-based skills in authentic and meaningful contexts. Students who complete the programme receive the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Certificate, the certification awarded by the career-related study provider and, if applicable, their secondary school high school diploma.

Academic rigour and real-world application

Learners in the CP develop skills that are sought out by employers. The programme’s curriculum framework develops:

  • Proficiency linguistics
  • Analytical and pragmatic skills
  • Maturity and responsibility
  • Time management skills
  • A strong work ethic
  • Social and communication skills

IBCP Curriculum

IB Diploma Programme curriculum

CP students undertake:

  1. A minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses of their choice
  2. A CP core consisting of four components:
    • Personal and Professional Skills
    • Service Learning
    • Reflective Projects
    • Language Development
  3. Three career-related studies offered by CRS strategic providers, The IB understands the need to establish connections with numerous top-notch providers of career-related education. Several of these suppliers are referred to as CRS Strategic Providers since they have formally signed a Co-operation Agreement with the IB. These CRS Strategic providers will provide the career-related courses.

Assessment and Grading in the IBCP

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Integrated Assessment

Assessment includes internal and external components to evaluate students' understanding and application of knowledge.

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Grade Range

Diploma Programme (DP) courses within the CP are assessed in accordance with rigorous international standards. Learners 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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Study Paths in CP

Exploring different career-related study pathways

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) helps students prepare for the job while also developing their personal qualities.

As a result, students are guided towards a path of their own choosing, such as further/higher education, apprenticeships, or employment.

Comparison between IBDP and IBCP


  • Focused on Academics
  • 6 Subject Courses + DP Core
  • DP Core includes TOK, EE, and CAS
  • 3 HL and 3 SL Subjects Mandatory
  • Assessment: Total 45 Credits


  • Academics + Career-Oriented
  • Minimum 2 DP Subject Courses (Maximum 4) + CP Core + 3 Subjects from Career-related Studies Provider
  • CP Core includes Personal and Professional Skills + Reflective Projects + Service Learning + Language Development (In our case, students can choose from English / Hindi / Spanish)
  • 1 HL and 1 SL Subject Mandatory
  • Assessment: DP Course - Out of 7 Credits in Each Subject + Reflective Projects – A to E grade where D is the mandatory grade to be secured + Career-related Studies – As per the assessment criteria of the CRS provider to be cleared
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