The reflective project is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period of time and submitted towards the end of the IBCP. Through a reflective project you will identify, analyse, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from your career-related studies. The reflective project is intended to promote high-level research, writing and extended communication skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.
In addition to a written essay (see Options below), students keep a record of their reflections on the process of undertaking and completing the reflective project using the Reflections on planning and progress form (RPPF). This record forms part of the final reflective project assessment.
Option 1 A written essay (maximum 3,000 words). This should cover all the reflective project’s requirements except reflection, which forms the content of the RPPF.
Option 2 A written essay (1,500–2,000 words) accompanied by an additional format (film, oral presentation, interview, play or display). Together, the written essay and additional format should cover all the reflective project’s requirements except reflection.
The reflective project encapsulates the fundamental elements of the Career-related Programme. It is what makes the IBCP unique and meaningful, and enables students to see the culmination of their programme strands in formal assessment. It allows formal assessment of students’ development indirectly and directly in all components of the core as well as their DP courses.
The reflective project aims to give students the opportunity to:
- Produce an extended piece of work
- Engage in personal inquiry, action and reflection on a specific ethical dilemma
- Present a structured and coherent argument
- Engage with local and/or global communities
- Develop research and communication skills
- Develop the skills of critical and creative thinking.
The school assesses all reflective projects. The IB will then select a sample for the school to send to an external moderator for confirmation of the school’s marks.
Students will be assessed on two aspects of the project:
- The approach they use to complete the reflective project—the process
- The output from that process—the product.
The reflective project is assessed using five assessment criteria designed to foster independent study and encourage students to use their own initiative. Reflective project also carries UCAS points.
Students are expected to devote a minimum of 50 hours to the reflective project
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).
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.