Gain higher level study and professional skills

ARGYLE Community Trust Higher Education provision is provided in conjunction with the University of St Mark and St John was launched in 2013 and offers students the opportunity to gain higher level study and professional skills within a Football League club and at a Higher Education establishment within the City of Plymouth.

In partnership with the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon), Argyle Community Trust offers a BA Honours Degree in Football Development & Coaching. Students will gain from the expertise of academics, professional football development officers, and coaches from Argyle’s Community Trust, as well as working with the Football Association and Sport Coach UK accredited tutors, community football clubs, and professional footballers.

This academic programme considers the role of football within the wider sports industry and provides lots of opportunities to apply theory to practice in real-life situations in football development projects, coaching, and performance analysis. You will be able to run football development programmes, organise events, and develop a critical understanding of how the football industry works through the programme’s strong academic underpinning.

Plymouth Marjon University is delighted to be one of ten universities selected by The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) to join their Higher Education Partnership Pilot scheme pilot scheme. The two-year pilot will finalise the endorsement and recognition process for UK sport and physical activity-related degrees.

Endorsed degree programmes will be certified as meeting employer-set professional standards – an employability benchmark making clear the job roles a student completing the programme is qualified for. Students will benefit from a pathway to chartered CIMSPA membership.

Other ambitions for the partnership include improving work placement and internship opportunities and the development of a national graduate training programme for the sector.

Students studying degrees associated with the pilot scheme will be introduced to their sector’s professional body and receive a range of benefits, including free eLearning via the CIMSPA Academy.

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO said: “The 10 universities taking part in the pilot are at the forefront of working to ensure their graduates successfully transition into employment and I would like to applaud all of our new partners for their forward-thinking ethos and commitment to excellence.”

Phil Brown, Course Leader for Sport Development at Marjon said: “We are delighted to enter into a pilot partnership with CIMSPA. This scheme will be of enormous benefit to our students as it will increase student employability. We have superb links with the sport and physical activity sector and already a very high proportion of our graduates gain immediate employment or enrol for further their studies. This new professional accreditation will further increase their edge in the workplace”.

Professor Andrew Edwards, Dean of Faculty for Sport, Health & Wellbeing added, “This is a terrific initiative for Marjon to be involved in and rightly reflects our commitment to ensuring our programmes are professionally aligned and our students get the best opportunities possible to aid their future careers.”