International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme

The IB Career Related Programme is a unique qualification which combines the values of the International Baccalaureate, academic study and career related experience – providing for a variety of learning styles and assessment. 

The IBCP aims to bridge the gap between academic rigour, vocational learning, and the development of key employability skills. At Stonyhurst, IBCP students can choose to specialise in either Sport or Business career related studies.

Sport Option

Students opting for the Sports career related study might be considering going to a degree course in Sports Science perhaps. Equally they could be looking at moving on to employment within the rapidly growing sports industries, or apprenticeships in this area.

The Sport and Physical Activity career related study considers body systems, the long and short term impacts of sport and physical activity; how sport is organised; health and safety requirements, as well as how businesses in sport are organised and what success looks like to them.

Business Option

Students opting for the Business career related study might be considering going on to a degree in one of the many business related areas, either a general business degree, or a more specialist option such as marketing or finance. Alternatively, they may be considering other apprenticeships or a move directly into employment in business.

The Business career related study considers how businesses evolve, the different business types and how they are organised. Students will consider the internal workings of businesses as well as the external constraints under which a business must operate.




Assessment and Accreditation

Both of these career related studies are accredited by OCR, and we follow the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma specifications.

The majority of the qualification content for both of these pathways is delivered through a wide variety of centre assessed units. There are also three externally assessed unit exams, which form the Core of each pathway. These exams might include case studies, pre-released materials, controlled projects or computer based tests, and are offered by OCR in both January and June. 

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