Choosing the IB Career Programme (IBCP)

The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP).  Want to be an entrepreneur? Or start your own business? Or simply develop the skills that are valued by employers and university admissions?


The IBCP is specifically designed to make students ready for the workplace. It is a series of courses which are interconnected with each other.

Whilst there is serious academic study involved in the IBCP, the difference is that everything you do is applied. The IBCP provides permanent, transferable and practical skills, whilst studying courses that genuinely interest students.

You can find out more about the IBCP here.

As of June 2023, West Buckland School has become an IB World School, offering the IBCP from September 2023.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.*

Who Can Access the Careers Programme?

Anyone suitable for Sixth Form at West Buckland! The IBCP is designed to offer a rigorous yet accessible education, so we welcome applicants from students who are willing to think independently.

You will have obtained Grade 4 or above at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics. With strong support from your teachers, you will drive your own learning.

If you want to respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind – this could be just the right course for you.

What Can I use it to do?

Your real-world skills as an IBCP graduate are increasingly valued by employers and university admissions departments alike. You can read more here.

Whilst 30% of UK CP students go into employment, the majority will go on to higher education.  A recent US study reinforces the findings above in suggesting that CP graduates have advantages in: critical thinking, time-management, organisational, research and communication skills.

The CP combines a quality academic foundation with real hands-on career experience.

*Mission Statement from the IB The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.