Service learning is a component of the Career-related Programme core.
Service learning provides opportunities for students to understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Through service learning, students develop and apply academic knowledge, personal skills and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility and accountability for their actions. The purpose is for students to contribute to society by improving the lives of people or assisting the environment or animals.
Service learning benefits all involved—students as they continue developing skills and knowledge applied to real-life situations, and the community through reciprocal collaboration. Service learning fosters development of abilities, attitudes and values in accordance with the IB mission statement and the IB learner profile. The process of service learning should be an ongoing experience occurring with regularity throughout the duration of the students’ CP.
The aims of service learning are for students to:
- Develop and apply knowledge and skills towards meeting an authentic community need
- Develop as leaders who take initiative, solve problems and work collaboratively with others
- enjoy the experiences of both learning and service
- Develop a sense of caring about, and a responsibility for, others
- Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community and society through meaningful reflection
- Enhance and strengthen their experience with the existing school curriculum.
Students are expected to devote a minimum of 50 hours to service learning.
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.