First Level Professional Higher Education Programme "Sports Coach"


The aim of the study programme: to provide an opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, competence in sports necessary for the work of a sports coach with the qualification of a sports coach in accordance with the professional competence requirements set on a national and international scale.

Students formulate and analyse practical problems in the work of a sports coach, obtain the necessary information and, observing the basic requirements of professional ethics, use it to solve clearly defined problems in planning, organizing and evaluating sports training. Plans, organizes, manages and evaluates the training process in a specific sport (basketball and football), applying appropriate methods and taking into account the individual needs and abilities of the target group in the sports training process. Understands the legal and conceptual principles of the sports industry in the field of professional activities of a sports coach.

Places of the implementation of the programme:

  • Riga (full-time)
  • Cesis branch (part-time)
  • Kuldiga branch (part-time)
  • Madona branch (part-time)
  • Tukums branch (part-time)

Director of the study programme:


  • Sports pedagogy
  • Sports psychology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Sports management and event organization
  • Sports training methodology and modelling
  • Sports and nutrition
  • Basics of physical activity and exercise
  • Sports Games
  • Applied technologies for sports coaches
  • Sports fitness
  • Sports judges and their activities
  • Introduction to sports law, etc.

Graduates of the study programme “Sports Coach” can continue their studies in professional bachelor sports study programmes at the University of Latvia, in Latvia and in the world. Graduates of the first level professional higher education programme "Sports Coach" have wide opportunities to work in sports clubs, association and sports schools.

Full-time (Riga) - 4 semesters (2 years)  
Tuition fee per year for full-time (Riga) - 1800 EUR
2 budget places for full-time admission in the autumn semester of 2023
First level professional higher education programme and qualification “Sports Coach”

General Conditions

Secondary Education

Competition criteria for people who have acquired secondary education from 2004:

  • CE in Latvian
  • CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German, or CE in Russian
  • CE in mathematics *
  • Average score of all CE passed by the person

* For people who have completed secondary education before 2008, the centralized examination in mathematics can be replaced by the final mark at the secondary education document in mathematics (or the average mark in algebra and geometry)

Competition criteria for people who have completed secondary education before 2004 (excluding), as well as for people who have acquired secondary education abroad or for people with special needs:

  • Annual mark in Latvian language and literature
  • Annual mark in English or French, or in German, or in Russian
  • Annual average mark in mandatory subjects.

PLK  - otrdiena, trešdiena, ceturtdiena
NLN - piektdiena