Online Hobby Courses
Experts from across our range of course disciplines have shared their professional expertise to create varied and interesting courses to help you start a new hobby or learn a new skill you can use in the home or garden.
Hobbies should be pleasurable activities that help us to relax and unwind after a long day at work or to enjoy at weekends, after a hard-working week. They are important for our mental and physical well-being, because they help change the pace of life and allow us to “switch off” from the pressure we experience in our lives.
Have you got a passion for a certain subject and want to know more about the topic, but don't wish to pursue a formal qualification? Then our online interest and hobby courses can help you.
Do you dream of being self-sufficient and living the “Good Life” in the country or even in suburbia? If so, we have courses covering Fruit and Vegetable growing, Carpentry, Permaculture, Poultry Farming, Self-sufficiency and even Mud Brick construction and Stone-masonry.
Would you love to be able to write a novel in your spare time, some poetry, or a biographical book about an ancestor of a historical figure who interests you? We have courses to empower you to do all these and more!
Or are you a keen gardener wanting to develop your “green fingers” expertise? We have seasoned courses in growing many different flowers including Annuals, Perennials and Indoor Plants, or specific varieties of flowers such as Roses, Carnations, Geraniums and Pelargoniums, plus more exotic plants like Bonsai or Carnivorous Plants.
In addition to these online distance learning courses, most of our other 100-hour courses may also be undertaken for hobby and in your leisure time. It 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, or with a USB memory stick.
How Does It Work?
When enrolling, simply decide which option best suits you and your budget. Whichever option you select, you will be able to call upon your personally assigned tutor throughout, who is there to help you when required and provide constructive feedback.
So, you can become an amateur expert in your chosen hobby or interest. Whether it's in DIY, gardening, self-sufficiency or writing, our choice of two study levels can help give you a firm understanding of your choice of subject.
Option 1 - Full course with no exam required. Option includes all 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 can sit for a final exam, simply by paying an extra £15.00.
Option 2 - Self-teach with no assignments or exam required. This option includes all 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.
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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.
A comprehensive Home Study course in water fitness! This distance learning course is perfect for anyone interested in water fitness and safety as well as teaching some of the essential elements such as aquafitness equipment and facilities, hydrostatic and hydrodynamic principles.
This online and experiential-based learning Bird Keeping and Bird Care course is ideal for both amateur avian enthusiasts and bird-keeping professionals. With the knowledge you gain from completing this course, you will be well equipped with all the skills required.
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...
Building Renovation Online - The need for good qualified tradesmen is immense and no more than for multi-talented building professionals. We also live in an age where couples are willing to undertake the work of renovating a home themselves.........
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...
This is a very solid introduction to carpentry techniques. It provides an understanding of most aspects of carpentry that are important for developing practical skills as a handyman, landscaper, property manager, farmer or other such roles.
Cat Psychology and Training course online. Learn to understand cat psychology and apply that knowledge to manage and influence the behaviour of cats. You'll learn:- how cats think and the relevance of understanding cat psychology to people.
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.
This course will build you a groundwork of writing skills, before inspiring you with the real-world mechanics of criminal psychology, giving your crime and detective stories a sense of authenticity.
Understand animal behaviour - learn at home This course is relevant to pet owners, veterinary assistants, or people who work with animals (eg. in pet shops, animal shelters, farms, kennels and catteries, etc).
This online course in Domestic Cat Care will appeal to cat lovers who want to learn everything they can about looking after their own cat and anyone who works with cats in a charitable or professional capacity.
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.
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.