Career-related Program (CP) Pathway

  • Career-related Programme (CP) Pathway

    Course options

    The CP curriculum is comprised of:

    • CP core
      • Personal and professional skills course
      • Service learning
      • Reflective Project
      • Language Development
    • Minimum of two DP courses, either SL or HL, relevant to candidate’s career related studies (see DP course list)
      • Note that CP candidates may take English A: literature and/or history at SL; HL is only required in these subjects for DP candidates
    • A career-related study

    Restrictions on DP course registration

    Students in this programme may not register for any of the following:

    • The same subject at both standard level and higher level.
    • The same language for studies in language and literature and language acquisition.
    • Courses in both literature and performance and theatre.
    • Any two subjects from mathematics.
    • Any pilot subject.
    • More than one standard level subject for completion in one year. Only one DP subject at standard level can be completed in the first year of the CP; any additional standard level subjects must be completed over two years.
    • Any DP core components: creativity, activity, service (CAS); theory of knowledge (TOK); and the extended essay.

    Excerpted from: Career-related Programme: From principles into practice, IBO, December 2015, p. 46.

    Career-related study

    • International business
    • Health-related careers
    • Culinary arts and hospitality
    • Information technology
    • JROTC

    CP Assessment

    Candidates attempting the CP are required to complete all internal and external assessments for the DP subjects in which they are registered.

    Additionally, candidates are required to complete all assessment components of the CP core.  The reflective project is graded by the school and moderated by the IBO.  The other three components are assessed by the school and reported to the IBO.

    The career-related study is assessed or validated by the relevant external authority and does not have to be reported to the IBO.

    More information about assessments for particular components or courses is located in the page on that component in Appendix A: Subject Briefs (Overviews).

    Earning theCareer-related Programme Certificate

    The Certificate of the Career-related Programme of the International Baccalaureate will be awarded subject to satisfactory completion of the following requirements by a candidate:

    1. The candidate has completed the specified career-related study.
    2. The candidate has been awarded a grade 3 or more in at least two of the Diploma Programme courses registered for the Career-related Programme.
    3. The candidate has been awarded a grade of at least D for the reflective project.
    4. Personal and professional skills, service learning and language development requirements have been met.
    5. The candidate has not received a penalty for academic misconduct.

    Excerpted from Overview of the Career-related Programme, IBO, August 2016, p. 16.

    Earning course results

    Candidates will receive official course results for each course in which they test.  This is an IBO-issued document that contains the names of the courses and the grades earned for each course.


    See also: CP for parents

  • Parkland IB course offerings (CP)

    All subject briefs are created by the IBO, which updates courses every five-seven years on a rotating schedule.  We operate within the requirements of the most recent iteration of each course.  Appendix A will include the version of the course posted to the IBO public site. We cannot take responsibility if the IBO does not upload the most recent subject brief to its public site.

    CP candidates must take at least two IB courses.


    We offer the following:

    CP Core (required for CP candidates)

    Group 1

    • English A: literature HL

    Group 2

    Group 3

    • business management SL / HL **
    • History HL
    • ITGS SL
    • Philosophy SL / HL **
    • Psychology SL / HL **

    Group 4

    Group 5

    Group 6

    • Dance SL / HL **
    • Music SL / HL **
    • Theatre SL / HL **
    • Visual arts SL / HL **


    **Where SL/HL are together, both levels are in the same class, with the student being able to opt, in the senior year, to register for either level for assessment.

    *Group 2 “ab intio” courses are those in which a student cannot have taken any course work before (i.e. you may take Spanish ab intio if you have not taken Spanish in grades 9-10).  Please note that this course does not receive any GPA weight despite being an IB course; this is a state decision, not a program one.

Last Modified on January 9, 2019