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Career prospect boost for students as Marjon receives CIMSPA endorsement for four sport and physical activity courses

Released: 17.06.20

The BSc Health and Wellbeing Practitioner course was the first to be mapped against the Health Navigator and Working with People with Long Term Conditions professional standards. 

The University has since mapped its FdA Award Sport Development and Coaching, BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching, and BSc (Hons) Sport Business Management against CIMSPA professional standards. The four courses are a testament to the university’s commitment to providing students with the best career prospects in the sector possible.

CIMSPA’s professional standards have been developed with the contribution of employers, education providers and sector leaders, to ensure current and future practitioners possess the knowledge, skills, and behaviours needed to be deployed and retained in the sector.

By aligning the degrees to professional standards Plymouth Marjon University has demonstrated its ability to equip students with the skills needed to transition from the lecture room into operational sector roles. 

The following table details the four courses and the corresponding professional standards.


Professional Standard/s

FdA Award Sport Development and Coaching 

Coaching Assistant

BSc Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

Health Navigator

Working with People with Long Term Conditions

BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching

Coaching Assistant


Working in a school environment (out of curriculum)

BSc (Hons) Sport Business Management 

Entry manager (Sport Development) 

General manager (Sport Development)

The partnership between CIMSPA and Plymouth Marjon University reflects a shared vision of a recognised and respected sport and physical activity sector that everyone wants to be a part of. A key part of this is CIMSPA’s work with education providers to ensure the future workforce has clear career pathways and professionalism. 

Dr Phil Brown, Senior Lecturer, School of Sport, Health and Wellbeing, commenting on the endorsement of four courses, said:

“We are delighted that we have achieved CIMSPA endorsement for four degrees.  Marjon was one of eleven universities who worked in partnership with CIMSPA since the initial pilot started in January 2018, meaning our courses are the result of excellent academic and industry collaboration.

“We have a strong employability agenda at Marjon, these endorsements show we align with industry best practice and demonstrate that our students are really well prepared for graduate roles.”

The CIMSPA and Plymouth Marjon University partnership is one of seventeen CIMSPA Higher Education Partnerships that represent a growing commitment from University level institutes to align courses with the needs of the sector employers, as represented through professional standards. 

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