by Farrah Vogel
New at Collège du Léman this year is the International Baccalaureate Career Program, also known as the IBCP program. Thanks to the hard work of Mrs.Hutchins, Dr.Krainova and Mrs.Cosso, students who wish to have an IB diploma but also want to have hands on experience have the possibility to do so in not one, but two areas of learning. Those wishing to pursue hotel management, the hospitality option offers them with a wide variety of learning possibilities. Those wishing to go into business studies or who want to own a business themselves may choose sustainability management. But don’t let me tell you this, here is the first of three interviews that may guide you when deciding whether this program is for you
Q: What is the IBCP?
A: It is a new diploma started in 2016 from the IB. Although it existed before, this year is the first year that it is offered at CdL and comprises vocational training as well as some “traditional” IB courses
Q: Why is it important?
A: A lot of students who wouldn’t adapt to IBDP because of its academic requirements but want to do more than high school, yet are not necessarily aiming for university
Q: What more does it offer than the traditional diploma?
A: It is flexible, at the moment there are 2 career pathways which can open a lot of doors and we are hoping to develop more
Q: Who should consider doing it?
A: Students who do not want to go to university but would rather go straight into the workforce. However, this does not belittle it, as it is still a qualification and is recognised by many universities
Q: What, according to you, is the best thing of the IBCP?
A: it’s Flexibility and range
Q: What, according to you, is the worst thing of the IBCP?
A: It’s flexibility because it could be a danger and requires a lot of focus and shouldn’t be approached light-heartedly
Q: What does it involve? What do you do when you aren’t in class? We do a reflective project, which is an Extended Essay equivalent but it has to be related to their career path
Q: Where can the diploma lead?
A: It can lead to further education, as well as hotel management, where you can start an apprentership. It’s important to note that it is not a dumbed down version of the IB. It’s different. Three IB subjects have to be taken and there’s an external assessment as well. It shouldn’t be seen as an easy IB.
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