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IBCP

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:

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IBCP Programme


The CP Curriculum

One BTEC Diploma or two single subjects (worth two A-Levels)

Business Diploma

Sport Diploma

Health and Social Care Diploma

Performing Arts

Media

Criminology

ICT

Financial Studies

Production Arts

 

Two of the following Diploma Subjects

Business and Management

Global Politics

IT in a Global Society

Psychology

Social and Cultural Anthropology

 

Plus a core – please click on the subject to find out more

Reflective Project (carries UCAS points)

Personal and Professional Development (in form time)

Service Learning (work experience)

Language Development (non-examined)

 

IBCP students study two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a BTEC Diploma subject.
 

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 BTEC Diploma courses we offer further supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. The IBCP core helps them 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 which you can find through the curriculum section of the website.

If you have any questions regarding the assessment of the core, or any other questions about the IBCP, please contact Ms. Jones, the Head of 6th Form and International Coordinator.

Personal and Professional Skills at The Abbey School

Personal and professional skills are 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.

Other qualities the course should encourage include:

  • Responsibility

  • Perseverance

  • Resilience

  • Self-esteem

  • Academic Honesty.


PPS is one of the CP’s four core components and ties together all aspects of the core, vocational and IB subjects.

Aims

The overall aims of personal and professional skills are for the students to:

  • Develop as reflective and lifelong learners who can adapt to diverse situations

  • Recognise personal strengths and identify ways to overcome challenges

  • Be aware of and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas

  • Value diversity of cultures and perspectives

  • Demonstrate the ten attributes of the IB learner profile.

Skills on Personal and Professional Skills

1. Personal Development:

  • Self-appraisal

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Reflection

  • Effective Organisation

  • Numeracy and Finance

  • Managing Change

  • Collaboration

  • Conflict Strategies

  • Leadership

2. Communication:

  • Social Awareness

  • Active Listening

  • Non-verbal cues

  • Understanding literacy

  • Digital literacy

  • Information and media literacy

  • Writing for purpose

  • Presentation skills

  • Interview skills

3. Intercultural Understanding:

  • Personal context

  • Assumptions, values and attitudes

  • Social norms and behaviours

  • Language and customs

  • Perspectives

  • Commonalities and differences

  • Interactions

4. Thinking Processes:

  • Compare and contrast

  • Analyse and synthesise

  • Evaluate

  • Imagine

  • Predict

  • Innovate

  • Practical thinking

  • Problem-solving

  • Implementing and adapting

5. Applied Ethics:

  • Introduction to ethics: exploring right and wrong

  • Identifying ethical dilemmas

  • Approaches to ethical dilemmas

  • Case studies of ethical dilemmas

  • Expectations and standards of professional behaviour

  • Debates about professional ethics

 

Timetable for Personal and Professional Skills

The PPS course you will follow is linked with your reflective project course to ensure they complement one another. For example, you will be studying ethical issues within PPS at the same time you are devising an ethical dilemma question for your reflective project.

 

 

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Year 12 - PPS

Project Management

Intercultural Communication

Ethical Issues

Year 12 - RP

Taught element (e.g research skills)

Forming a question

Year 13 - PPS

Rights and Liberation

Current Affairs

Financial Awareness

Year 12 - RP

Peer coaching/ refining/ referencing

Final reflections

Moderation

 

Term 4
Term 5
Term 6

Debating Skills

E-Safety

Unifrog / Careers

Research/ first reflection meetings

Data analysis/ structure and planning

Interim Reflections

Revision Skills (inc stress and anxiety)

Revision Skills

 

Final Submission

EXAMS

 

Useful Links and Handouts

The IB PPS Guide

Reflective Project at The Abbey School

The reflective project provides students with the opportunity to explore an issue which particularly interests them, and to develop skills which will be of value to them in the future. It is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period and submitted towards the end of the CP. The reflective project is one of the CP’s four core components.


The reflective project is designed to draw together key elements of students’ wider scheme of study:

  1. Their career-related study

  2. The other components of the CP core (language development, service learning, personal and professional skills)

  3. Their Diploma Programme courses.

Students are required to identify and explore an ethical dilemma associated with an issue that arises from their career-related studies and then develop a well-reasoned argument based on appropriate supporting evidence.


Goals of the Reflective Project:

  • Produce an extended piece of work.

  • Engage in personal inquiry, action and reflection (PLAN, DO, REFLECT) on a specific ethical issue.

  • Develop research and communication skills.

  • Develop the skills of critical and creative thinking.


Process of the Reflective Project:

  • Uses your career-related studies as a focus for the chosen issue.

  • Utilises the skills you develop in Personal and Professional Skills such as the ability to create a reasoned argument, to understand ethical dilemmas and to prepare the structure and format of the project itself.

  • Uses the skills and knowledge you develop in your Service Learning project.


Format of the reflective project

Students can choose to present their reflective project in two different ways:
 

Option 1

A written essay (maximum 3,000 words) plus reflections (maximum 1000 words) on the Reflections on planning and progress form.


Option 2

A written essay (1,500-2,000 words) accompanied by an additional format (film, oral presentation, interview, play, or display), plus reflections (maximum 1000 words) on the Reflections on planning and progress form.


Ethics

You must consider an ethical dilemma within your career-related study (BTEC, or other vocational courses). But first, we need to consider what ethics are.

 

 

There are lots of useful ideas about ethics on the BBC website here:

BBC Ethics Introduction


Academic Honesty

It is crucial that all work you submit is your own, and that any references you make are appropriately cited. You will spend some time learning how to do this at the start of your reflective project course.

The IB has produced a useful guide on effective citing and referencing which can be found here:

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Timetable for The Reflective Project

The reflective project course you will follow is linked with your PPS course to ensure they complement one another. For example, you will be studying ethical issues within PPS at the same time you are devising an ethical dilemma question for your reflective project.
 

 

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Year 12 - PPS

Project Management

Intercultural Communication

Ethical Issues

Year 12 - RP

Taught element (e.g research skills)

Forming a question

Year 13 - PPS

Rights and Liberation

Current Affairs

Financial Awareness

Year 12 - RP

Peer coaching/ refining/ referencing

Final reflections

Moderation

 

Term 4
Term 5
Term 6

Debating Skills

E-Safety

Unifrog / Careers

Research/ first reflection meetings

Data analysis/ structure and planning

Interim Reflections

Revision Skills (inc stress and anxiety)

Revision Skills

 

Final Submission

EXAMS

 

 

Assessment Criteria

 

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

AO1: Focus and method – 6 marks

  • Select and explore an ethical dilemma embedded in an issue linked to a career-related context,
  • Select and apply appropriate research methods and collect and select relevant information from a variety of sources, showing an understanding of bias and validity.

 

AO2: Knowledge and understanding in context – 9 marks

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issue,
  • Contextualise the ethical dilemma and analyse different perspectives on it through the use of a local/global example of the issue in which the dilemma is embedded,
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the impact of the ethical dilemma on a local/global community and the cultural influences on, and perceptions of, the ethical dilemma.

 

AO3: Critical thinking – 12 marks

  • Demonstrate logical reasoning processes and the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate material,
  • Develop the ability to synthesise information, making connections and linking ideas and evidence.

 

AO4: Communication – 3 marks

  • Present a structured and coherent project, use appropriate terminology accurately and consistently, and communicate ideas and concepts clearly.

 

AO5: Engagement and reflections on planning and progress – 6 marks

  • Reflect on and refine the research process, and react to insights gained through exploration of the ethical dilemma,
  • Critique decisions made throughout the research process and suggest improvements to their own working practices.

In total, there are 36 marks available.

Useful Links and Handouts

The Abbey School Reflective Project Student Guide
Reflective Project GuideGoogle scholar

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