Career-related Programme (CP)

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is the fourth International Baccalaureate programme (along with the PYP, MYP and DP) and it is aimed at students entering the last two years of Secondary School who have a particular career path in mind. The IB programmes are widely recognised as one of the best possible preparations for study at university, building research skills, encouraging independent learning and promoting personal responsibility. The CP allows students to specialise and dedicate themselves to an area of learning that they know they want to pursue. CP students may feel that the DP is not the best match for them, and that they would be best suited to a career-related programme.

Curriculum Model

CP students take four core elements consisting of:

  • Reflective Project (RP)
  • Service Learning (SL)
  • Language Development (LD)
  • Personal and Professional Skills (PPS)

Students also take two to four DP subjects (see Diploma Programme page for details of subjects available) at Standard or Higher level and one career-related course.

DC is offering the following career-related courses in collaboration with our partners:



Campus Location


Savannah College of Art and Design

Art and Design

Sham Shui Po

College Credit

HK Academy for the Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Pok Fu Lam

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (Level 3) in Musical Theatre

International Culinary Institute and Hotel and Tourism Institute

Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Pok Fu Lam

Certificate in Hotel and Culinary Arts (Level 3)

BSD Education

Digital Skills

Sheung Wan

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (Level 3) in Information Technology. Plus optional industry-relevant qualifications.

Core Components

Core Component

Description of course

Study mode

Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) course

Course that aims to support students in developing practical life and career-related skills.

5 main themes:

1. Personal development

2. Intercultural understanding

3. Effective communication

4. Thinking processes

5. Applied ethics

3 blocks per cycle

Language Development course

Student must study a language that is NOT their best language.

Chinese and Spanish can be studied as one of the DP course.

Any other language can be studied with an outside service provider or online

1 block per cycle to work on portfolio

Reflective Project

Student will have to produce a written essay about an ethical dilemma directly linked to the student’s career-related study.

They will also have to complete a Reflections on planning and progress form (RPPF).

Independent learning + support from a supervisor

Service Learning

For Service Learning, students work with community members to undertake service activities that satisfy identified community needs. They will need to reflect about their learning and the impact of their actions.

The Service learning should be related to the student’s chosen career path.

Independent learning + support from a supervisor


Students are assessed using a variety of methods, including essays, case studies, oral presentations, fieldwork, investigations and artistic performances. Some assessment tasks are marked internally by teachers and some are assessed internally but externally moderated by the IB. Some assessments are conducted by the career-related provider.

Learning Team Programme

In addition to the academic programme, students in Years 12 and 13 have one hour per week in Learning Teams which is devoted to the Reflective Project and Service Learning, work on Higher Education applications, and activities designed to develop life skills such as cooking, having a healthy lifestyle and making responsible decisions.

Further Information

For general information on the CP, see the IBO website:

More information on the IB Diploma at Discovery College, see our Senior School Prospectus:



Emma Neuprez, Career-related Programme (CP) Coordinator