Personal and Professional Skills IB Core

Preparation for Life and Work

Preparation for Life and Work
Preparation for Life and Work
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code IB Core (1)
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Personal and professional skills are designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future. In this course the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations.

The course encourages a range of qualities including:

- Responsibility

- Perseverance

- Resilience

- Self-esteem

- Academic honesty.


The overall aims of personal and professional skills are for the students to:


- Develop as reflective and lifelong learners who can adapt to diverse situations

- Recognise personal strengths and identify ways to overcome challenges

- Be aware of and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas

- Value diversity of cultures and perspectives

- Demonstrate the ten attributes of the IB learner profile.


Topics covered in Personal and Professional skills lessons will include:

There are five themes in personal and professional skills:

1. Personal development

2. Intercultural understanding

3. Effective communication

4. Thinking processes

5. Applied ethics

How will it be delivered?

How will it be taught?

You will have timetabled personal and professional skills lessons but there will be considerable crossover between this, the reflective project and your vocational studies.


How will it be assessed?

Personal and Professional Skills will be internally assessed by the school. A portfolio of evidence will be compiled by each student and submitted at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at 9 - 4 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 4 in English and or Maths.
(Students that narrowly miss out on L3 entry requirements can still be accepted subject to decision of subject leader for the chosen course).  

Your next steps...

If successful on the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme students can follow a pathway onto university, a high-level apprenticeship or straight into employment post-18.