Career-Related Programme

IBcP At Western International School of Shanghai

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) is the only school in mainland China, offering the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) as part of the full continuum of IB programmes. During the 2017-2018 school year WISS began developing IBCP in an effort to give students more options, creating a flexible and balanced curriculum. IBCP is a great opportunity for Shanghai students who are passionate about Art & Design, Aeronautics, Business & Sustainability and Sports.

What is the IBCP?

The IBCP is a challenging two-year course for students aged 16-19. The Career-related Programme is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.

The IBCP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds, and contexts of students. IBCP students at Western International School of Shanghai engage with a rigorous program of study that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills.

IBCP requires the study of at least two IBDP courses alongside the unique Career-related Programme core and a career-related study.

For students of this programme

  • supports the interconnectedness of learning
  • supports concurrency of learning
  • supports the IB continuum of education and the learner profile
  • supports a broader view of the subject disciplines
  • contributes to the common ground that unifies the curriculums in all PYP schools
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The distinct advantage of the Career-related Programme is that schools can adapt the framework to meet local, regional, or national education requirements, as well as address industry and government priorities.

Who is IBCP for?

IBCP is for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while gaining lifelong skills in applied knowledge, critical thinking, communication, and cross-cultural engagement.

The Core of IBCP

Through the CP core, students develop personal qualities and professional skills, as well as intellectual habits required for lifelong learning.

The CP core bridges the IB academic courses and the career-related study and provides students with a combination of academic and practical skills. Four interrelated components form the core.

Personal and Professional Skills

Personal and professional skills is designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future.

In this course, the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations.

Service Learning

Service learning is the development and application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified and authentic community need. In this research-based approach, students often undertake service initiatives related to topics studied previously in their academic disciplines, utilizing skills, understandings, and values developed in these studies.

Reflective Project

The reflective project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time and submitted towards the end of the CP. Through a Reflective Project, students identify, analyze, critically discuss, and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies.

The Reflective Project is intended to promote high-level research, writing and extended communication skills, intellectual discovery, and creativity.

Language Development

Language development ensures that all students have access to and are exposed to a language programme that will assist and further their understanding of the wider world. The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the IB’s concept of an international education.

Language development encourages students to improve their proficiency in a language other than their best language.

IBCP Career Pathways

Choose an IBCP pathway below to find out more

Art & Design
Business & Sustainability