Career-related Programme

The IB Career-related Programme at GIS supports students to gain the required skills and knowledge that will prepare them to become independent young adults personally, professionally and academically. The IB Career-related Programme integrates the Personal and Professional Skills course with Career-related studies and a selection of Diploma Programme subjects, amongst others. It provides the opportunity for students to develop as internationally-minded, balanced, intellectual individuals, ready to pursue university studies and a career pathway that motivates them.

Ged Tedford

Career-related Programme Coordinator

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  • Overview

    The IB Career-related Programme stimulates students to pursue Career-related studies that align with their skillset and interests. It is a two year programme and leads to a qualification that is accepted at 1088 universities across the world as well as other universities based on case-by-case applications through our University Counsellor.

    To undertake the IB Career-related Programme students must be motivated, engaged and able to manage their study time outside of class. The programme requires students to commit to deadlines for assignments and all other requirements. For these reasons, the IB Career-related Programme qualification is attractive to many universities, and the holistic nature of the International Baccalaureate means students will receive a broad education that encourages them to be lifelong learners. The IB Career-related Programme is an engaging, dynamic and rewarding experience as students continue their academic studies while preparing for their professional journey.

  • Academic Programme

    As a private, co-educational day school, as of the 2021-2022 school year we offer three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP).

    Following the UAE’s educational guidelines, all students must take Arabic until the end of Grade 9, while students who are citizens of Arabic-speaking countries are required to study Arabic until graduation. Muslim students study Islamic Education as part of their academic schedule through the end of grade 12.

    The language of instruction at the school is English. Students in Grades 9-12 follow a university-preparatory program culminating in a variety of pathways to choose from, according to every student’s motivations, skillset and aspirations, including the IB Career-related Programme and IB Diploma Programme, amongst others. Graduates will also receive a CIS-accredited GIS high school diploma.

    The IB Career-related Programme includes 1 Career-related study, between 2 to 4 IB Diploma Programme subjects and the Core. The Core includes the Personal and Professional Skills course, Language Development, Reflective Project and Service Learning.

    We offer 3 Career-related study options and a vast array of higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) IB Diploma Programme subjects.

  • High School Diploma Requirements

    To be awarded a GIS high school diploma following the DP track, a student must pass six IBDP subjects with no grade less than a 3, whilst on the CP track a student must pass their Career-related Study, and at least two IBDP subjects with no grade less than a 3. 

  • The IB Career-related Programme (CP) at GIS 

    The IB Career-related Programme is a dynamic and challenging preparatory programme that leads to practical hands-on experience as well as external exams. It is designed for students that are passionate about certain subject areas or their career pathway in their final two years of school. The CP curriculum integrates professional and academic learning.

    The IB Career-related Programme at GIS supports students to gain the required skills and knowledge that will prepare them for professional life, university and beyond.

    GIS students will:

    • Explore, understand and engage in real world issues
    • Integrate academic and practical learning
    • Become an independent learner
    • Develop essential life skills
    • Explore and apply your creativity in innovative ways
  • IB Career-related Study & IB DP Subject Offerings

    The Career-related studies available at GIS are: 

    • Business Level 3 International iBTEC

    • Creative Media Level 3 International iBTEC

    • Sport Level 3 International iBTEC

    • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Dual Enrollment Program pathways in;
      - Aeronautics and Aviation
      - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

    • - Business with Aeronautics and Aviation
      - Business with STEM

     The six DP subject groups are:

    • Studies in language and literature

    • Language acquisition

    • Individuals and societies

    • Sciences

    • Mathematics

    • The arts

    There are different courses within each subject group.

  • IB Career-related Study Assessment

    GIS conforms to the IB Career-related Programme system with grades ranging from 7 (high) to 1 (low) in the case of DP subjects. Students obtain their career-related studies through International Level 3 BTECs (iBTEC). These are awarded grades that range from near pass, pass and exceeding passing expectations. In the case of the CP Core Reflective Project, grades range from A (highest) to E (lowest). Service Learning hour requirements and reflections are authenticated to award the CP Core. 

    The assessment scheme is used for all internal and external assessments and on official transcripts. GIS only provides end-of-year grades on high school transcripts. Should a mid-year transcript be required for Grade 12 students, it will be noted that the grades are only preliminary (predicted). An updated transcript with final grades will be provided at the end of Grade 12, following the release of IB exam scores in early July.

  • IB Career-related Programme University Admissions 

    GIS will graduate its first cohort of IB Career-related Programme students in June 2023. Between 2015-2019, the IB reports that IBCP students were accepted at 1088 institutions of higher learning worldwide. Top destinations were the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and the UAE, with a variety of other destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America represented, as well as New Zealand. We expect that GIS IBCP students will have access to an even wider variety of universities.


How the CP Helps Students

The IB Career-Related-Programme at GIS supports students to gain the required skills and knowledge that will prepare them for professional life, university and beyond. 
GIS students will:


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