International Baccalaureate Careers Programme

IBCP at The Halley Academy

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is a two year qualification package designed for students aged 16-19. It is a holistic framework which focuses on developing students’ skills by engaging them in career-related education that still has a strong academic focus.

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

As well as the information below, you can find out more about the IBCP here:

The CP curriculum

Students can build their IBCP programme from the following ‘menu’:

IB Diploma Subjects

Career-Related Study

Core (Compulsory)

Global Politics





English Language and Literature

Business Management


Sport Science

Performing Arts

Applied Science



Health and Social Care

Art and Design


Reflective Project


Personal and Professional Skills


Language Development


Service Learning



2 Options

Subjects may be offered at standard level (SL) or higher level (HL). SL is roughly equivalent to an AS Level and HL to an A-level. 

2 single options OR 1 double

Subjects may be offered as a single (equivalent to 1 A-Level) or double (equivalent to 2 A-Levels).

The reflective project carries UCAS points.


Click on the above links to find out more about each core element.

IBCP students study two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, vocational courses such as Level 3 BTEC, and a core consisting of four components.

For IBCP students, DP courses provide the academic rigour of the programme but still allows students to develop and utilise the key skills employers are seeking. The career-related study in the form of the vocational courses we offer further supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. The IBCP core helps students to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

Who is the CP 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.

Assessment and exams

Students take written examinations at the end of their IB Diploma Programme courses which are marked by external IB examiners. Diploma subjects do contain coursework, with the weighting dependent on the subject being studied.

The components of the CP core are assessed by the school.

If you have any questions regarding the assessment procedures for a diploma or BTEC subjects please contact the Head of Department for that subject.

If you have any questions regarding the assessment of the core, or any other questions about the IBCP, please contact Mr Burrows.

Further Information:

Academic Honesty Policy

Information Guide