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Frequently Asked Questions
We have gathered the most Frequently Asked Questions about the IB Career-related programme for you here. You can also find the general FAQs for studying at AMADEUS here. Please do contact us if you have any additional questions.
Who is the Career-related Programme for?
AMADEUS Vienna’s unique version of the CP has been developed for students who, during their final two years at the school, wish to focus on career-related, applied learning in a field which genuinely interests them before progressing to a higher education programme (and, ultimately, a career) in music.
What Universities can I get into with my IB Career Related Programme Certificate and BTEC Level 3 International Diploma in Music?
A growing number of renowned higher education institutions ‘like’ the CP, and the programme provides a strong foundation for future academic achievement. This is because successful CP learners combine skills and good habits such as time management and critical thinking with the subject knowledge obtained from studying DP courses and their career-based programme.
Admissions requirements vary from university to university. An up-to-date list of universities and other institutions of higher education which are known to accept the BTEC Level 3 International Diploma in Music and the Career-related Programme Certificate as entrance qualifications is available from the CP Coordinator. It is essential that your son or daughter checks the entry requirements for his/her chosen tertiary education programme before embarking upon the CP.
Often, there are additional requirements, such as SAT for American universities and auditions for many other music courses. Our Careers Counsellor supports all students through their application and admissions processes.
has a valid guardianship arrangement or enters into the boarding programme
Which academic courses do I have to take?
Students must choose a minimum of two courses; one from the IB Diploma Mathematics block (Group 5), and one from the IB Diploma languages block (Group 2). For students wishing to enter a conservatory or University in Austria or Germany, we recommend German Ab Initio or German B, though students wishing to continue their study in the UK, USA, Canada, or Australia may prefer to focus on their English language development.
Can I continue to study with my own professor / music teacher?
Yes. You are welcome to continue to study with our current professor, be introduced to a professor from our Music and Art Academy, or not study with a professor at all.
Can I change back to the IB Diploma track if I change my mind?
January 1st in the student’s first year is the final day to switch tracks if students wish to change back to the IB Diploma from the Career-related Programme.
Do I have to play an instrument to a high level to complete this course?
Not necessarily. The course is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in the music industry. This need not be as a solo performer as there are many other elements making up the industry as a whole. However, within the course, there are elements of composition and music collaboration for which knowledge and skill in some areas will be beneficial.
Which is more challenging: the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme?
Both are demanding and rigorous: the Diploma Programme is known the world over as a challenging programme for academically-minded all-rounders, while the CP, with its focus on career-related learning, may best be described as a practice-oriented option for specialists who have discovered a specific interest at the age of 15 or 16. A large degree of commitment and motivation is essential for success in both programmes; the CP is definitely not the ‘easy option’.