IB Diploma: CAS Programme Outline

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma programme. It is one of the three essential elements of every student’s Diploma experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.

CAS provides the main opportunity to develop many of the attributes described in the IB learner profile.The CAS Programme aims to develop students who are:

  • reflective thinkers-to understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth
  • willing to accept new challenges and new roles
  • be aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
  • be active participants in sustained, collaborative projects
  • balanced – to enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.


The three strands of CAS which are often interwoven with particular activities are characterized as follows:


Three areas: Creativity - Activity- Service

Creativity: exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance

Activity: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle

Service: collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to a real need.


SKILLS:  Eight Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify ones strengths and areas for personal growth
  2. Undertake new challenges
  3. Demonstrate how to plan and initiate CAS activities and projects
  4. Show commitment and perseverance
  5. Work collaboratively and understand why these skills are important
  6. Be engaged with issues of global significance
  7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
  8. Develop new skills


The CAS Programme provides students the opportunity to further enhance and build upon their ATL Skills. CAS emphasizes the social and collaborative skills by encouraging students to take on a variety of roles and to engage and help others throughout the experiential learning process. However, the key to success in CAS is the exercise and practice of self-management skills.  Throughout the CAS Stages, students must implement their organizational and time-management skills, which are needed for preparing and taking action in quality experiences. Reflection at each interval of the stages encourages students to build their affective skills and self-awareness by demonstrating their mindfulness and perseverance by participating in the CAS programme, thus making the experiences meaningful and lifelong.



Successful completion of CAS Portfolio is required to receive an IB Diploma and students are expected to reflect on their experiences and provide evidence that they have achieved the eight learning outcomes during an 18month period.  There is no hour counting. Students are required to participate in three activities per area , as well as to participate in a collaborative project of significant duration combining two or more of the components of CAS and addressing most of the learning outcomes.