University of St Mark and St John

Plymouth Marjon University is located on a green and spacious campus, with world-class facilities in a spectacular part of the world. At Marjon, students build strong working relationships with a network of supporters, from their Personal Development Tutors to the Student Union.

All programmes involve work placements, and students are trained in critical graduate-level skills such as presenting with impact, managing interviews and influencing others. The University works closely with key employers, linking students to a network of contacts for their future careers.

95% of students find employment or move into further study within six months of graduating, and the University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Three courses scored 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. Plymouth Marjon was also named the top University in the UK for social mobility in a one-off report in 2014, demonstrating the power of giving students both the skills to succeed and the confidence to use them.

Key contacts for any enquiries

Phil Brown, CIMSPA Lead for Marjon
Programme Area Leader for, BA Football Development and Coaching, BA Sport Development (plus specialist routes) FdA Sport Studies
Tel: 01752 636700 Ext:8691

Dr Joseph Layden, BSc Personal Training 
Tel: 01752 636700 Ext: 4350

Kelvin Kirk, BA Sport, Coaching, and Physical Education
Tel: 01752 636700 Ext: 8612


Associated Courses

BA Sport Development
This exciting programme focuses on broad sporting themes in community sport, talent development, sport coaching, elite sport, managing sport, marketing sport, sport event management, sports policy, school sport and inclusive sport.

Learn how to make a difference in people’s lives with our BA (Hons) Sport Development course - you'll learn how sport can be used to develop communities, inspire young people and fulfil the potential of all individuals, from grassroots to elite athletes. Sport development offers a wide-ranging and critical introduction to sport and is the perfect course for students who want to make a positive difference in sport. You will study the dynamic and varied nature of sport while we prepare you for working in the UK sport industry and further afield.

BA Sport Development (Sport Management)
Learn how to manage people in sport and work with organisations from grassroots to elite level on this sport management degree.

This is a broad introduction to working in sport and equips students with the skills to make a positive difference. We ensure that you get great academic and practical experience. You'll interact with industry professionals through lectures from guest speakers, practical projects, work placements and study trips, and you’ll gain practical and applied skills in the management of sport development throughout the programme. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to run sport development programmes, organise events, and develop a critical understanding of how sport works through the programme’s strong academic underpinning. You’ll gain extensive skills and experience in improving your communication, leadership, and teamwork, as well as developing crucial research and evaluation skills.

BA Sport Development (Coaching and School Sport)
A vast amount of sport development activity is targeted towards young people through school-based initiatives. This exciting programme pathway considers broad sporting themes in community sport, talent development, elite sport, sport coaching, managing sport, marketing sport, sport event management, school sport, sports policy and inclusive sport.

We ensure that you get great academic and practical experience of both sport development and coaching young people, with a firm focus on school-based sport development. Throughout the course, you’ll be exposed to industry professionals through thought-provoking lectures from guest speakers, practical projects, work placements and inspiring study trips.

BA Football Development and Coaching
Our football degree prepares you for a career in the football industry. The course is packed with real-life, hands-on experience, allowing you plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice. We work closely with our partners, Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Argyle Community Trust and Devon FA, to ensure that you have the very best learning experience, with sessions delivered by both academic staff, and industry professionals.

You’ll consider the role of football within the wider sports industry, applying your learning to real-life situations through 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. You will gain skills and experiences to improve your communication, leadership, and teamwork, alongside developing research and evaluation skills - all important qualities that are valued by future employers. You will have the chance to gain an array of industry-recognised football coaching qualifications. This will boost your employability and give you a richer variety of experiences.

FdA Sport Studies
The FdA Sport Studies degree has been designed in partnership with employers from the sports industry via our Professional Advisory Group. The course delivers a blend of theory and practice so that students are equipped with extensive knowledge and skills and are therefore highly employable on completion of the course.

Learn how sport can be used to inspire young people, develop communities and fulfil the potential of all individuals, from grassroots, all the way up to working with elite athletes. You'll explore talent development, elite sport, sport coaching, international sport, education, sports policy and disability sport. Sport studies degrees at Plymouth Marjon University have a proven track record of more than 10 years, over which this professional and practical programme has delivered an outstanding employability record for our graduates.

BSc Personal Training
Prepare for a rewarding career in personal training, health promotion, exercise referral, health training and community interventions with our BSc (Hons) Personal Training degree. With embedded industry qualifications this programmes has been specifically developed to deliver all the skills and knowledge required to work as a health, fitness and wellbeing professional.

We are passionate about the delivery and development of this high-quality degree programme, with a firm focus on fostering and developing each and every student’s employability and professional enthusiasm. Alongside practical work in our state of the art exercise science laboratories and world class sports centre students have plenty of opportunities to put learning into practice in the staff-led, NHS-funded clinics.

BA Sport, Coaching and PE
This course offers you a very broad understanding of sport, coaching and physical education meaning you could turn your career to coaching at an elite level, teaching, or broader sport development and management themes. It enables you to develop hands-on expertise in coaching and teaching, underpinned by an in-depth understanding of how to deliver coaching, how people learn, sport analysis, and sport science.

This degree provides a foundation for a range of careers in sport, including recognised pathways into PGCE and Masters programmes. As you develop your understanding of career options, you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to best meet your future needs.