Professional bachelor's studies

1 (prva)

7 (7)




24 ECTS 180 ECTS

dipl. šp. tren. (VS)
diplomirani športni trener (VS)
diplomirana športna trenerka (VS)

Bachelor of Applied Arts

10 – Services

1014 – Sports

5.9 – Other social sciences

doc. dr. STOJAN PUHALJ, prof. šp. vzg.

Text about acceptance

The 1st level higher professional study program of Sports coaching was approved at the 10th regular session of the Senate of the Faculty of Education, on 28 November 2007, at the 13th regular session of the Senate of the University of Maribor, on 17 June 2008 and at the 10th session of the Senate for Accreditation at the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Higher Education on 23 October 2008. On 9 January 2009, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia issued decision no. 60392-36/2008 on the entry of this study program in the register of higher education institutions under serial number 17.

Advancement criteria of a study programme

Advancing from one year to another is possible if a student fulfils certain obligations within the study program and the Statute of the University of Maribor. Conditions for advancing from the first to second year To advance from the first to second year, a student must complete study obligations in the amount of at least 42 ECTS from the set of subjects of the first year. Conditions for advancing from the second to the third year To be able to advance from the second to the third year, a student must complete all study obligations from the first year (collect 60 ECTS) and study obligations in the amount of at least (further) 42 ECTS from the second year. Advancing under extraordinary conditions A student who has not completed all the obligations for advancement to a higher year and shows justified reasons determined by the UM Statute, the Commission for Study Requirements of the PEF UM Senate may, upon request, in which a student must prove the existence of justified reasons, exceptionally approve enrolment (advancement) to a higher year. In doing so, it sets a deadline for them to fulfil all missing study obligations.

Study advancement options

Graduates can continue their studies in the second level postgraduate study program of Sports Coaching or in other second-level postgraduate study programs, in accordance with the conditions of the higher education institution that is taking applications for the postgraduate study program.

Employment possibilities

Candidates who complete the Sports Coaching program will be able to get hired: - in sports organizations for work in selective programs, - in sports organizations for working with quality, top athletes - in sports schools of national or regional importance - in professional sports associations within a municipality or region, - in other legal entities permitted by law, - as independent professionals in sports activities, - as animators of sports activities in tourism, and - in other activities in the field of sport.

Assesment criteria

Examination and assessment of students learning outcomes is carried out in accordance with the criteria and methods defined in the Rules on the examination and assessment of knowledge at the University of Maribor ( The method of examining and assessing knowledge at the University of Maribor is regulated by the Statute of the University of Maribor and the Rules on the examination and assessment of knowledge at the University of Maribor (

Main study programme objectives

The fundamental objective of the Sports Coaching program is to train students to work with athletes of all categories, ages and genders – even the top ones. Renowned sports experts from various sports fields participate in this program.

General competences of graduates, gained at a study programme

- knowledge of the chosen sport, supported by knowledge of pedagogical and psychological knowledge - independent creative scientific research and development work in the field of sports coaching - mastering basic knowledge from the chosen sport - critical examination of the results of one’s own research work - monitoring the latest developments in the field of sport - use and understanding of modern information technology concepts - communication and interpretation of scientific findings in the field of sports coaching - performing professionally and scientifically demanding organizational and implementation tasks in the profession (managerial, project programs).

Subject specific competences of graduates, gained on a study programme

- in-depth knowledge and understanding of the professional field in the professional and scientific framework of the planned process of sports coaching and the related achievement of optimal transformational achievements of participating athletes - understanding the contents of the modern concept of sports coaching theory - application of the methodological procedure in planning and implementation of research work in the selected professional field (collection, statistical processing and interpretation of data) - synthesis in the perception of important scientific issues - communication with the athlete, parents, club and the environment, especially when working with categories of younger athletes - finding answers to scientific questions and cooperating with foreign, recognized and established experts teamwork and readiness for continuous education and training in the narrower and broader field of theory and practice of sports coaching - skills and knowledge for application of theoretical and practical research methods, procedures and technologies for registration of various motor structures and other methods of data processing and collection - understanding of natural and medical knowledge present in the leadership and management of athletes’ transformation processes.

Access requirements

The following persons may enrol in the university study program of Sports Coaching: a) passed the matura, b) passed the vocational matura in any secondary school program, c) passed the final examination in any four-year secondary school program. All candidates must pass a motor skills test and provide at least one of the following: (a) proof of at least five years’ playing experience in the chosen sport; or b) proof of sporting achievements in the chosen sport; or c) proof that they have worked regularly as a sports coach for at least two years and have achieved quality results in the chosen sport; or d) proof of professional qualification acquired as a sports coach in the chosen sport.

Selection criteria in the event of limited enrolment

If a decision is taken to restrict enrolment, candidates will be selected based on: - general academic success at the matura / vocational matura / final exam: 40 % of points - overall success in 3rd and 4th year: 30 % of points - motor skills test: 30 % of points.

Transfer criteria between study programmes

Transitions between study programs are possible in accordance with the Higher Education Act, Criteria for transitions between study programs and other regulations. Transition between study programs means termination of education in the first study program and then continuation of studies in the second study program. Transitions are possible between study programs of the same level and post-secondary study programs and study programs of the first level, which ensure the acquisition of comparable competencies upon completion of studies and between which at least half of the obligations under the European Transmission Credit System (hereinafter: ECTS) can be recognized from the first study program, which refers to the compulsory subjects of the second study program. Applications for transition of the student i.e. the graduate, who must meet conditions for enrolment in the proposed study program, are considered by the Commission for Academic Affairs of PEF UM on the proposal of the Department of Sports Coaching. Depending on the scope of recognized obligations from the first study program in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad, a student may enrol in the second or higher year of the 1st level university study program of Sports Coaching. The following may be recognized in the transition: 1. comparable study obligations that a student has completed in the first study program; 2. informally obtained comparable knowledge, which a student can prove with relevant documents. A student may enrol in the senior year if at least as many credit points are recognized in the recognition process due to the transition, as are required for enrolment in the senior year of the 1st level university study program of Sports Coaching. The missing obligations a student has to fulfil if they want to graduate in a new study program are determined. It is possible to transition to the first level higher professional study program of Sports Coaching from 1st level higher professional study programs and 1st level university study programs in the field of physical education, sports coaching, kinesiology and relevant foreign university study programs, which provide comparable competencies and at least half of the study obligations (ECTS credits) from the first study program and which meet the conditions for enrolment in this study program may be recognized as mandatory subjects in this program. The Commission for Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Education UM, at the proposal of the Department of Sports Coaching, considers applications for enrolment in the relevant year and determines missing obligations that must be met if a student wants to graduate in the new program.

Criteria for recognition of knowledge and skills, gained before the enrolment in the study programme

In the process of education at the 1st level, students can have knowledge and skills recognized, which were acquired before enrolment in various forms of formal education, which a student must prove with certificates and other documents. In the recognition process, the assessment of acquired knowledge and skills must be based on the educational competencies of the study program. Proven and well-documented competencies are recognized to candidates regardless of where and how they were obtained. The process of determining, verifying and recognizing knowledge and skills includes submitting an application, supplementing the application, examining the application at the competent authority, issuing a decision and the procedure for appealing against the issued decision. If, on the basis of the evidence provided, the competent authority determines that the knowledge and skills in content, scope and complexity fully or partially correspond to the competencies based on the educational objectives of the study program, it may recognize such knowledge. Recognition of knowledge and skills are defined in the RULES ON THE RECOGNITION OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN THE STUDY PROGRAMS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MARIBOR no. 012/2019/2:

Criteria for completing the study

A student has completed their studies after completing all the obligations defined by the study program and collects at least 180 ECTS.