The one-year English language IB Foundation programme at Eerde International Boarding School prepares students for entry to the challenging and rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). This renowned international qualification opens doors to the best universities in the world.


IBCP at Eerde

Eerde IBS is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Certificate.

We have adopted the IBCP at Eerde, in order to broaden our academic offering to students at grades 11 and 12.  The Career-Related programme offers learners who desire a more vocational route to explore the skills and knowledge required to succeed.

At Eerde, we are initially offering Business and Hospitality Management, in partnership with VIE Academy and the Swiss Education Group, an alliance of internationally-celebrated schools specializing in hospitality, business, and culinary arts.  This provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain access to the Swiss Education Group schools with advanced standing, meaning they can enter these universities in year 2 of a 3 year degree programme.

The way the course is constructed, means that learners gain the benefit of the same teachers and resources as our successful IBDP programme, alongside a bespoke course delivered in conjunction with VIE Education, experts in designing and delivering career-related study options.

We strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.


The Career-related Programme is the most recent  addition to the IB. Its key aim is to provide a choice of different pathways for students aged 16 to 19. 

Modern life places complex demands on graduates entering further/higher education or employment. An integral part of the Career-related Programme is enabling students to become self-confident, skilled and  career-ready learners.  

To prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing world, schools must not only equip them with the  necessary skills and the learning dispositions, but also the ability to manage and influence change.

The Career-related Programme helps students to:

  • develop a range of broad work-related competencies and deepen their understanding in specific  areas of knowledge through their Diploma Programme courses 
  • develop flexible strategies for knowledge acquisition and enhancement in varied contexts • prepare for effective participation in the changing world of work 
  • foster attitudes and habits of mind that allow them to become lifelong learners willing to consider  new perspectives 
  • become involved in learning that develops their capacity and will to make a positive difference.

The Career-related Programme prepares students for flexibility and mobility in a range of employment opportunities as well as continuing lifelong learning. It integrates broad, general learning areas as well as specific career-related content into a rigorous and challenging framework of education.

The detailed knowledge, skills and understanding gained from studying Diploma Programme courses, the Career-related Programme core and the Career-Related Study provide opportunities for:

Employment: the transferrable skills fostered in the personal and professional skills course, combined with the specific knowledge and skills developed by students in their career-related studies provide an opportunity for students to move directly into employment in their chosen field.

Apprenticeships: apprenticeship schemes are available in many countries where students are given on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction in a particular craft or trade.

Further education: students may wish to continue their education at educational institutions that specialize in their chosen field of study.

Higher education: the mix of career-related skills combined with the knowledge and skills obtained from studying Diploma Programme courses allows students access to higher education institutions such as universities and colleges.

The essential qualities of the Career-related Programme are:

  • A balance of breadth and depth of learning. 
  • Flexibility of choice, including a mix of basic requirements and school or student preferences. 
  • Partnerships between schools and local universities, colleges and employers. 
  • Strong collaboration in planning and assessment between all teachers involved in the programme. 
  • A strong emphasis on learning that fosters intercultural understanding. 
  • The development of critical thinking, inquiry and research skills. 
  • Strong student involvement in self-assessment and reflection. 
  • A sustained experience of community involvement and service. 
  • Rigorous assessment through a blend of external and internal assessment procedures. 
  • Varied and dynamic teaching, supported by appropriate teacher professional development.

What makes an IB student unique?

The question was asked by the IBDP organization on its 50th anniversary back in 2006. The answer is just as relevant today: ‘The IB learner profile encourages students to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.’

Prepare for university education

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBCP) prepares students for university education in a country of their choice. Our university counsellor provides additional support and assistance in the applications process if you need it and encourages you to explore your university options either online or by visiting open days and academic recruitment fairs.

IBCP Tuition Fees

Interested in our IBCP programme? Have a look at the tuition fees in 2022.

Contact Eerde

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