Interest and Hobby courses Online
Do you have a passion for a certain subject and want to know more about the topic, but don't wish to pursue a formal qualification? The courses listed below have been specifically designed for this purpose.
In addition to these online distance learning courses, most of our other 100 hour courses may also be undertaken for hobby/self-interest reasons. This is a great way to expand your knowledge, learn new skills and have a better understanding of your area of interest. They can be studied online, by correspondence (additional printing fee is applicable) or USB stick.
How Does It Work?
When enrolling, simply decide which option best suits you and your budget.
Become an amateur expert in your chosen hobby or interest. Whether it's in gardening, self-sufficiency, or another area, we have a course for you with a choice of two study levels:
Option 1 - Full course with no exam required. Option includes all of your course materials, tutor support from industry relevant professionals, marking and grading of written assignments, plus a Certificate of Attainment.
If you prefer a formal qualification at a later-date during the course, then you would be required to sit for the exam plus pay the difference for a full course.
Option 2 - Self-teach with no assignments or exam required. This option includes all of your course materials plus tutor support from the same industry relevant professionals as option 1. The difference is that there are no assignments to submit. Please note that no certificate is issued.
If you decide you would prefer a formal qualification for Option 2, you do have the choice to complete all assignments and have them graded by your tutor, sit for the exam and pay the difference between a hobby course and a formal qualification.
Don't let your desire to know more about your hobby interest be delayed. Enrol Now and get started.
Grow fantastic African Violets! Designed for the African Violet enthusiast, this course covers everything from potting and feeding, to pests and propagation. You learn how African Violets are classified, and cover the exciting range of varieties available.
Make the most of your azaleas and rhododendrons! Considered by many to be the very best plants a garden can offer, azaleas and rhododendrons are some of the most popular plants grown anywhere. The course shows how to grow them to perfection.
Bonsai course online. Master Bonsai keeping! Join the many who have learnt the ancient oriental art of bonsai through this practical and comprehensive course...
Cacti & Succulents course online. Develop your knowledge of cacti. Its been said that people either love cacti or hate them. For lovers of cacti and succulents,...
Carnivorous Plants course online. Expand your knowledge of carnivorous plants. These fascinating plants provide entertainment and stimulation to the enthusiast...
If you love writing and want to improve your skills, network with other writers, and get personal guidance, then, this course is for you. Tutors are exceptionally well qualified, with university degrees and more than five years experience in writing and publishing.
DrWrite drama like a professional! There are many different types of writing – short stories, poems, novels, screen plays etc. Dramatic writing can fall into all of these. A short story usually takes place over a shorter period of time.
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about fuchsias, from soil management & feeding to pruning and propagation. Learn how fuchsias are classified into several major groups, the characteristics of those groups & how/where to grow different types to achieve the best results
Study the history of gardens and understand how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today. Learn about the history of our great gardens and gardeners.
Geraniums & Pelargoniums course online. Love Geraniums and Pelargoniums? Discover more.! A wonderful course for enthusiasts developed by John Mason, co author of Growing Geraniums & Pelargoniums.
A comprehensive course in Camelias! Beautiful camellias require little attention, once established, and yet there is so much to know about them. This course is a wonderful way of learning about the different groups of camellias.
Achieve perfect carnations! A serious course equally valuable to the home enthusiast or the commercial cut flower grower. You learn about growing quality carnations (planting, watering, pest & disease control, fertilizing).
Learn to grow great Grevilleas! Become an expert on Grevilleas. This online course provides a thorough grounding in identifying, growing and using grevilleas.
Gain an in-depth appreciation of the iris, how to grow them to achieve optimum results and the identification of different varieties of irises. Gain an in-depth appreciation of the iris, how to grow them to achieve optimum results and the identification of different varieties of irises.
Grow your own quality fruit! To pick and eat fruit from your own garden is a wonderful, healthy and satisfying experience. Expand your capacity to do just that on this course. From the outset, the course notes provided are only part of what you will potentially learn.
The Academy for Distance Learning are a leading provider for online course with professional qualifications in the UK, and renowned for the care and committed support we deliver for your learning. Our specialist tutors are both successful business and industry people and qualified to deliver the materials provided, whether online, distance learning or paper based. We specialise in online course learning, making us experts at delivery and true pioneers in the field. We’re committed to your success, and we’ll help you choose the right course.