CIMSPA endorses first Scottish masters degree at Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier students

CIMSPA’s endorsement of Edinburgh Napier’s BSc(Hons) Physical Activity and Health and MSc Clinical Exercise Science degrees show that the sector’s employer-led professional standards have a multidisciplinary approach as they benefit the health sector too.

CIMSPA’s Professional Standards outline occupations and job roles within the sport and physical activity sector by defining what knowledge and skills an individual must understand and demonstrate to undertake a particular role.

Edinburgh Napier’s Physical Activity and Health degree has been mapped to the Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer professional standards while their Clinical Exercise Science degree is the first masters degree in Scotland to be mapped against the Working with People with Long Term Conditions standard. Both degrees have been endorsed against Health Navigator.

Edinburgh Napier’s endorsed degrees are available to students across the United Kingdom. With these degrees, students can go on to work anywhere in the country.

Amanda Pitkethly, Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University said in reference to the BSc:

“We are so delighted to be the first university in Scotland to offer our students a BSc with added vocational training. This training makes all the difference to our graduates and to employers. Recent discussions with employers highlight how important the combination of a BSc and vocational training is to them.

“Our students can apply their understanding of theory and scientific principles to solve real world problems, and they don’t have to wait until they are in a job to learn how to work with people, or spend a lot of extra money on vocational training outside their studies to get a job. Our students are also really enjoying the process and recognise the benefits of the approach we are taking with CIMSPA.”

Helen Hiley, Education Officer (Higher Education), at CIMSPA said:

“Having a masters degree in Scotland mapped to the Working with People with Long Term Conditions professional standard is a first for CIMSPA. Alongside the endorsement of BSc(Hons) Physical Activity and Health, our partnership with Edinburgh Napier University continues to grow.”

A CIMSPA endorsed degree, coupled with the unique and practical nature of these degree programmes, provide students and employers with the assurance that they have received an education that will enable them to be deployed within the sport and physical activity sector as a qualified and ready member of the workforce.”

CIMSPA seeks to create a respected and recognised workforce across the UK. Recently, CIMSPA and sportscotland appointed a joint partnerships executive for Scotland.


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For more information, please contact Helen Hiley (Education Officer - Higher Education) at or call 07990042750.

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