What is the IBCP?

The Halley Academy is proud to be offering Sixth Form students the opportunity to follow the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme.  This exciting and innovative course, launched in 2006, 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. 



What is studied in the IBCP?

Career-Related Study

The career-related study prepares students for higher education, an internship, apprenticeship, or employment.  Students choose one subject from our selection of BTECs and other internationally recognised qualifications


Diploma Programme (DP)

Students must choose two topics to study from the range of Diploma Programme courses.


The IBCP Core

The CP core is a compulsory element of the programme designed to create a bridge that connects each student’s chosen DP courses and career-related study. In truth this area has proved to make the difference when students are applying for employment or university. It is divided into 4 areas:

¨ Personal & Professional Skills

¨ Language Development

¨ Reflective Project

¨ Service Learning

Research continues to evidence employers’ concern over students lack of transferrable skills to deal with real life issues and this programme addresses just that.


How is it assessed?

The IB collaborates with major providers of career-related qualifications and the Career-Related study is assessed by these course providers.

Diploma Programme courses within the IBCP are assessed in accordance with rigorous international standards.  Students 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).  The reflective project is assessed by the school and moderated and graded by the IB. They are graded from A to E, with A being the highest.

The school is responsible for confirming with the IB that students have completed the requirements for service learning, personal and professional skills and language development.  These are internally assessed by the school.


Why study the IBCP?

The IBCP provides a broad and holistic curriculum, allowing students to nurture their interests and build key skills whilst continuing to develop their academic credentials. 

The IBCP is recognised by employers, apprenticeship providers and higher education institutions alike on both a national and international level, leaving students free to pursue any route upon leaving secondary education without limiting them to particular pathways.

Universities around the world are familiar with IB qualifications including Russell Group universities.

Students enjoy the flexibility of the course and the fact that they can design the work around their interests and career aspirations.

Courses available at The Halley Academy:

For the academic year 2019-2020, The Halley Academy is offering the following courses:

Career Related Offer

Diploma Programme


BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

BTEC Level 3 Engineering

BTEC Level 3 Sport Science

BTEC Performing Arts

BTEC Level 3 Business

CTEC Level 3 ICT

BTEC Health and Social Care

BTEC Art and Design


IBCP English language and Literature

IBCP Business Management

Global Politics




IB Spanish


Personal & Professional Skills

Language Development

Reflective Project

Service Learning