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IBCP core skills

Our core International Baccalaureate Career related Programme (IBCP) skills are designed to help you position yourself as part of an international community. In these times of global uncertainty, this core gives you the personal skills and international perspective to work in any country around the world. More than just language skills, the IBCP core will prepare you to understand other cultures, to understand how people from other cultures might view you, and how to adopt the best working practices to fit in and thrive in any working environment around the world.

One of the reasons that we’re so excited about becoming an IB World School is that learners will still be able to achieve our world-class creative diplomas, but within a framework that offers so much more. Plymouth College of Art was awarded International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status in Spring 2019, becoming the first non-private education provider in the South West to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), which will be taught in conjunction with its existing A-Level-equivalent UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas. From September 2019, 16 to 19-year-olds in the region will have access to this world-class framework of education, combining vocational skills with academic excellence. Applications for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) are now open.

The core skills include Language Development, Service Learning, Personal and Professional Skills, and a final Reflective Project. These core modules are designed to create well-rounded learners with international perspectives.

The Language Development element helps to create international learners by exposing students to a language programme that helps them to communicate in more than one language and furthers their understanding of the wider world, which is more important for UK students now than ever before.

And the Personal and Professional Skills module closely aligns with the skills we’ve been teaching our students for years as part of our ‘Character Project’. This is about preparing learners for the lives ahead of them, developing grit, integrity and resilience, alongside all the interpersonal skills needed to pitch to clients and develop lasting working relationships.

Everybody studying at Palace Court will work on cultivating the kind of fundamental personal and professional character skills that all universities and employers look for, but that so many traditional qualifications and schools overlook.

  • New post-16 courses for 2019 - the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

    New for 2019 – the IBCP for students aged 16 to 19, combining academic excellence with vocational skills in an internationally-recognised framework of career-related education.