IB Career-Related Programme

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The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing a career-related education in their final two years of secondary school. The first school to establish the IBCP in the UAE, DIS currently sets the benchmark for schools in the region for work placement opportunities through its partnership with the Al Futtaim Group.

The IBCP offers two pathways based on the interests and future career aspirations of the student. Students study a Level 3 BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) qualification in either Travel and Tourism or Business. In addition, students undertake the four core components of the Career-related Programme and two IB subjects enhancing the academic rigor of the IBCP.


Core Components


(12 Units)

  • Travel & Tourism Level 3 (Business and Technology Education Council)
  • Business Level 3 (Business and Technology Education Council)



Students are expected to learn how to communicate appropriately, accurately and effectively in an increasing range of social, cultural and academic contexts, and for a variety of purposes. Students explore Oral communication, Visual interpretation, Reading comprehension and Writing, to create a Language Portfolio.




An in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time and submitted towards the end of the CP. It is the product of the students’ own initiative and should reflect their personal experience of the CP. The reflective project is intended to promote high-level research, writing and extended communication skills, intellectual discovery and creativity through a variety of different approaches. The reflective project focuses on an ethical dilemma of an issue directly linked to the student’s career‑related study.

Personal &

Professional Skills

Students 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 work place, as these are transferable and can applied in a range of situations. Other qualities the course also encourages responsibility, perseverance, resilience, self-esteem and academic honesty.




Students must be engaged in service learning for a period of at least 18 months from the start of the CP. Apart from verbal discussions, students are responsible for showing evidence of their participation through their service learning portfolio. Evidence can take many forms including, but not limited to, reflections and other forms of documentation such as photos, files, planning documents, emails, meeting minutes, certificates, videos, art, music and journals.



Work Placements are invaluable for providing experience, training and giving an insight into different business areas. There are a significant number of work placement opportunities offered. Students will be off site for almost a full day once a week.


2 SL Subjects

Standard Level (SL) 4 periods of each IB Subject

Group 3


Individuals and Societies

  • Mathematics
  • Business & Management (Only available for Travel & Tourism students)
  • Geography
  • History
  • ITGS
  • Psychology
  • Economics

Group 6




  • English Language & Literature
  • Business & Management (Only available for Travel & Tourism students)
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Film
  • Music
  • Sports, Exercise & Health Science
  • Dance Theatre
  • Visual Arts