There are three main components to the CP that take place concurrently over the two-year programme.

  • Two to Four DP academic courses

  • A core comprising of four components

  • A career-related study (CRS)

The choice of at least two to four Diploma Programme courses, with their academic rigour, support and enhance the theoretical underpinning of the programme. The CP core aims to develop personal qualities and skills along with the professional habits required for lifelong learning. Furthermore, the career-related study interlinks with the programme’s academic DP courses and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning. The DP courses also enhance and supplement the specialism that the student is pursuing. (Overview of the Career-related Programme, IBO 2015)


The career-related study is a course of study that prepares students for a specific career or professional field of study. It also provides the opportunity for students to learn about theories and concepts of their specialized field through application and practice, while developing specific skills, in authentic and meaningful contexts.

Currently Fresno High offer career-related studies in Construction Design & Architecture; Army JROTC; and, Digital Media.