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The IB Career-related Programme

IGBIS is fully authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP). The CP is an innovative education framework for students aged 16 to 19. This is the newest and fastest-growing IB programme. The CP provides students with an excellent foundation to support their further studies, as well as ensure their preparedness for success in the workforce. The CP combines highly regarded and internationally recognised IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses with an approved career-related study and a unique CP core.

CP students engage with a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement. They are well prepared to succeed at institutions of higher learning.

The CP framework is built around three interconnected elements:

  • at least two DP courses
  • a CP core that includes approaches to learning, community and service, language development and a reflective project
  • an approved career-related study (Business and Accountancy OR Art and Design)

At IGBIS, CP Business and Accountancy students are expected to take Business Management or Economics, Mathematics SL or Mathematical Studies, English A or English B and one other subject. CP Art and Design students are expected to take English A or English B and Mathematics SL or Mathematical Studies to allow for maximum personalisation of this exciting programme.

The CP Framework

Diploma Programme Courses

DP courses are the academic cornerstone of the CP. Each student completes two or more DP courses that may be selected from any DP subject area. Course selection is tailored to complement a student’s individual career-related study.

The CP core

The CP core bridges the IB academic courses and the career-related study. Four interrelated components form the core: Approaches to learning develops students’ critical thinking, intercultural understanding, communication, and personal development. It aims to challenge students to draw on personal resources and skills to engage critically with the world around them. Community and service is based on the principle of service learning whereby community service is a vehicle for new learning that has academic value. It provides students with opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge in real-life situations. Language development is designed to ensure that all students have access to, and are exposed to, a language programme that will assist and further their understanding of the wider world. It aims to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate in an environment where the language studied is spoken. The Reflective project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period and submitted towards the end of the course. It is the product of the student’s own initiative and is designed to draw together key elements of a student’s wider scheme of study. The reflective project requires students to identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue stemming from their career-related studies.

CP Core: 4 Components

  1. Personal and professional skills emphasises skills development for the workplace, which are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations.
  2. Service learning takes a research-based approach, in which students often undertake service initiatives related to topics studied previously in their academic disciplines, utilising skills, understandings and values developed in these studies.
  3. Reflective Project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time. It is submitted towards the end of the CP, addressing an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies. High-level research, writing and extended communication skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.
  4. Language Development encourages students to improve their proficiency in a language other than their best language. Essential to the IB’s concept of an international education.

Career-related Study 1: ICAEW CFAB

Partnering with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) as their first career-related study, IGBIS offers ICAEW’s Certificate in Finance, Accountancy and Business (CFAB). Since August 2017, IGBIS Grades 11 and 12 CP students have been doing ICAEW’s CFAB as their career-related study.

ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports approximately 150,000 chartered accountants worldwide. The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It is valued around the world in business, both in private practice and the public sector.  To become a fully chartered accountant with ICAEW, students and graduates must complete six modules each at Certificate, Professional and Advanced levels.  The six modules are: Business and Finance, Management Information, Law, Assurance, Principles of Tax, and Accounting.   

ICAEW’s partnership with the IB was borne out of a desire to welcome principled, knowledgeable practitioners into the world of business and commerce, to have graduates join the workforce with the skills and attributes of an IB student, developed through the educational programmes and via the IB Learner Profile.

There are a number of certificates that students earn during the course of their study, including:

  • Business Award
  • DP subject certificates
  • IBCP
  • IGBIS High School Diploma


There are six modules involved in the ICAEW CFAB, which cover the essentials and help students understand how a business really works.

Business and Finance

  • Business objectives and functions
  • Business and organisational structures
  • The role of finance
  • The role of the accountancy profession
  • Governance, sustainability, corporate responsibility and ethics
  • External environment


  • The impact of civil law on business and professional services
  • Company and insolvency law
  • The impact of criminal law on business and professional services
  • The impact of law in the professional context

Management Information

  • Costing and pricing
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Performance management
  • Management decision making


  • The concept, process and need for assurance
  • Internal controls
  • Gathering evidence on an assurance engagement
  • Professional ethics

Accounting (compulsory)

  • Maintaining financial records
  • Adjustment to accounting records and financial statements
  • Preparing financial statements

Principles of Taxation

  • Objectives and types of tax
  • Ethics and administration Income tax and national insurance contributions
  • Capital gains tax and corporation tax on chargeable gains
  • Corporation tax
  • VAT

Career-related Study 2: SCAD

The partnership between IGBIS and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) began in 2018. With this new partnership, CP students are able to take university-level courses as their CP core, and will receive a university-level transcript and credit for those courses when they move on after graduation.

CP students are eligible to take any 100-level courses at SCAD provided they meet the prerequisite course expectations. Listed below is a comprehensive sample of courses that can be readily achieved during a five-quarter progression with the expectation of one course of enrollment each quarter. While these courses are available via eLearning, course availability is subject to professor availability and anticipated student need.

Foundation Studies

  • Drawing
    • Drawing I: Form and Space*
    • Drawing II: Composition and Media*
    • Graphics for the Building Arts
    • Life Drawing I
  • Design
    • Design I: Elements and Organization*
    • Color: Theory and Application*
    • Design II: 3-D Form in Space*
    • Visual Design Systems
    • Creative Thinking Strategies
  • Art History
    • Survey of Western Art I
    • Survey of Western Art II
  • Business
    • The Design of Business
  • Communications
    • Speaking of Ideas
  • Computer Arts
    • Survey of Computer Art Applications
    • Advanced Survey of Computer Art Applications
  • Mathematics
    • College Mathematics
  • Psychology
    • Introduction to Psychology

Introductory Courses for Major Specific Study

  • Advertising
    • Introduction to Advertising
  • Graphic Design
    • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Photography
    • Camera Exploration and Technique
  • Sequential Art
    • Introduction to Sequential Art

*Recommended courses for CP students

CP Assessment and Examinations

DP Subject Courses: Students take written examinations at the end of their IB Diploma Programme courses which are marked by external IB examiners.

CP Core: The components of the CP core are assessed by IGBIS.

CFAB: Exams can be taken online, up to 4 times for each module until a pass is achieved. Students need 55% to pass. Exams can be taken separately, or all at once: e.g. all 6 could be taken around the same time.

SCAD courses: Assessment is as per SCAD requirements for each course taken.

The CP is awarded when…

  • The requirements of the career-related study (CFAB or SCAD) have been fulfilled.
  • A grade 3 or more in at least two of the DP courses registered for the Career-related Programme has been awarded.
  • A grade of at least D for the reflective project has been obtained.
  • Personal and professional skills, service learning and language development requirements have been met.
  • No penalty for academic misconduct has been given.
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