What is the IBCP?


The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is designed for students aged 16-19.

The CP is a framework of international education which incorporates the values of the International Baccalaureate into a unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.

The programme, developed and delivered by the IB, and also available through collaborations with other providers like Pearson, leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

The IBCP framework is built around three interconnected elements:

  • At least two Diploma Programme courses
  • An IBCP core that includes Approaches to Learning, community and service, language development and a reflective project
  • An approved career-related study (the IB has collaborated with Pearson BTEC to provide a qualification that will make students ready for work).


Who is the IBCP for?

The CP was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

Developing students for success in employment

Students in the CP develop skills that are genuinely valued by employers. The programme’s curriculum framework develops:

  • linguistic proficiency
  • critical thinking skills
  • maturity and responsibility
  • time management skills
  • a strong work ethic
  • social and communication skills.

How can Pearson support you to deliver the IBCP?

Pearson provides all you need to teach and learn the IB CP and Diploma curricula – whether using our Essentials series, textbook series or eTexts.

Available in: The CP/ BTEC National Career Package collaboration is available to schools all around the globe. Assessment Delivery may vary depending upon the school’s location/country.

Career pathway: Performing Arts, Creative Media Production, Business, IT, Sport, Hospitality, Art & Design, Construction and/or Forestry & Arboriculture

Duration: Within the two-year timeline of the CP (last two years of secondary school).

For CP take a look and sample our Pearson Baccalaureate Diploma resources for:

Essentials Series

Pearson Baccalaureate Series


BTEC Nationals and the IBCP

Pearson collaborates  with the IB organisation to offer a suite of vocational qualifications, the BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, which can be combined with the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) to form a full-time course of study for career-focused students.

What are the BTEC Nationals

BTEC Nationals are the most widely-recognised qualification for admission to Higher Education.

Across a range of sectors, BTEC Nationals equip students with the specialist knowledge, practical skills and understanding they need to progress along their chosen learning and career paths.  

Visit our website here for more information

We provide tried-and-trusted Pearson BTEC National student books and teaching resources that help you deliver the course and support you every step of the way. We publish BTEC National resources for the following sectors:

For more information about our BTEC National qualifications please visit our BTEC Nationals information page.