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One year programme

Sports, part-time, digital and assembly-based 


Programme description

The course is designed for those who are at or want to reach a high level in cross-country skiing and biathlon as an athlete or coach. This is a flexible course in sports where the teaching is digital and assembly-based.

The course gives you theoretical and practical competence to develop yourself to a high international level and, simultaneously, an education that qualifies you to work as a coach at club, regional and national team levels. The study combines theory and practice, which gives a comprehensive understanding of conditions that affect participation, development and learning at all levels, from children's to elite sports. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical pedagogical competence and critical thinking around today's best practice, theory, and the role of trainer.

The unique thing about the course is that the academics are closely linked to your development as an athlete and are tailored so that you can combine top sports and studies.

Career opportunities

This course of education provides basic qualifications for different training jobs in organized and unorganized form (e.g. the fitness centre industry) and other work related to sports, performance development, physical activity and public health.

The teaching occurs physically at training sessions and lectures in Meråker and as web-based flexible teaching. This means that the student can, to a large extent, plan their daily study schedule themselves and study wherever they are. All compulsory activities are excluded from the competition season. All students receive individual performance development plans where the study days in Meråker are set up in collaboration between the student, study supervisor and coach. Students are also offered three voluntary training Camps. Two are held in Meråker, and one is carried out as an early snow camp or as a high-altitude camp in Central Europe.

Example of compulsory activity with attendance in Meråker (may vary somewhat from year to year) 


• Start-up week five days (normally last week in August)

• + ten self-selected days in the autumn semester (planned in consultation with study supervisor and trainer)


• Start-up week five days (right after Easter)

• + five self-selected days in the spring semester (planned in consultation with study supervisor and trainer)

• Final week, five days (exam completion practical sports)

Admission will be on the basis of Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

For more information regarding admission requirements and how to apply, please visit this page

The one-year sports programme can qualify for admission to a bachelor's degree in sports science.

Students are encouraged to also take Skills and Performance Development in Sports (30 credits), at the same time as the one-year sports programme in sports. It is also possible to take a bachelor major in sports (30 credits) after graduating from the one-year programme. In addition to the 120 credits offered at Meråker campus, it is possible to take sports subjects (60 credits) at Nord's other campuses, which can be used together to form a bachelor's degree in sports (180stp). The one-year programme may also be taken as part of a self-selected bachelor’s degree/sports-specific bachelor's degree course. You will then qualify for admission to the master’s degree programme in Physical Education at Nord University, Levanger, or master’s degree studies at other institutions. 30 credits can be accommodated as a school-related subject in Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education.

The programme is decentralized with gatherings at Meråker Upper Secondary School. The study programme is organized for top athletes - primarily within cross-country and biathlon and is organized as a part-time course over two years (4 semesters).

The uniqueness of this programme of study is the work with practical activities in different environments. It includes movement activities and sports that are appropriate for voluntary sports. The student's perceptions and experiences through working with the practical activities, combined with theoretical knowledge, have value both as a background for the training function and for the student's personal development.

The work will largely involve interdisciplinary activities from topics within sports, school and society. A scientifically based approach to basic topics from physics and biomechanics, physiology, sociology and psychology will broaden the practical syllabus material.

Under each topic, the goal for the students' expected competence (learning outcome) is described. The study programme consists of the following courses:

Practical knowledge about sport 1, 15 credits

Social science topics in sport, 15 credits

Natural science topics in sports, 15 credits

Practical knowledge about sport 2, 15 credits

Each topic constitutes a separate unit in the final assessment. See the course descriptions. The topics are run mainly in concentrated batches but have a thematic focus over longer periods.

During the programme of study, the costs for purchasing books and necessary training and walking equipment must be calculated. The programme's distinctiveness requires the use of various practical learning arenas. Therefore, one must also reckon on transport costs to these practical learning arenas around the Meråker municipality where the campus lies. The students themselves are responsible for transport to practical learning arenas in the Meråker municipality (campus). The faculty's arrangements for reimbursement of transport costs apply to teaching outside the campus/municipality.

This programme is specially designed for top athletes. There is a fee for this special top-level athletic adaptation. The fee covers access to fitness rooms, halls, cross-country trails, roller ski routes as well as access to other facilities associated with the campus. The fee also covers daily training follow-up, follow-up for two sessions and access to test labs including, for example, a special treadmill for skiing, together with video and computer equipment needed for technical analysis. The fee for a top-level sports adaptation is NOK 32000, - and covers the entire one-year programme (4 semesters).

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