Sixth Form

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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.


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

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.

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