Top courses to study in retirement

May 28, 2020

Retirement is the perfect time to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do with free time. Often, if you are in the early stages of retirement it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do with your spare time.

It’s always good to keep ourselves busy, to keep our minds healthy. We should also never stop learning new things and retirement is no excuse.

One of the best things to do is to learn a new skill or start a new hobby. This often should be something you have never tried before or something you have always enjoyed but never had time to do.

Many people are unaware that you are also able to study a course in a hobby related subject which will help you learn a new skill and develop a new hobby. The very fact you are doing a course will motivate you and give you a set of brand new goals to achieve whilst enjoying retirement.


Photography is an interesting hobby to get into, especially in retirement. It’s a skill that will get you out and about, exploring different places. It can also get you travelling to different places you never thought you’d discover, to find that beautiful view shot, or a rare sighting of a particular animal.

If it’s something you are interested in learning more about, a photography course could really help develop your knowledge and skills. Whether you’re a complete beginner and never picked up a camera before, or you’ve taken a number of snaps at family events, studying a course could fuel an exciting hobby for you!

Creative Writing

Endless time and writing is the perfect combination. If you’ve always wanted to write a book, an anthology of poems or just want to express yourself in a creative way, writing is the ideal solution.

It’s often hard to motivate yourself to write, often many of us have mental creative blocks. Studying a creative writing course can motivate you, give you inspiration and exercises to start writing.


You can study a course in crafts and have lots of fun along the way. Crafts are an excellent way to keep your mind occupied but being able to still spark and inject creativity into what you do. It’s also a perfect time filler, particularly if you are working on a certain project such as creating a piece of jewellery.

Cover everything, with complete crafts and become creative across the board.


Getting out in your garden is one of the nicest parts of retirement. If you are a keen gardener or if you have maybe had an interest in gardening but never had the chance to pursue it, you can learn about gardening through a course.

To gain an in depth knowledge, you could try a RHS course, such as Principles of Plant Growth Propagation and Development, where you could gain an in depth knowledge into plant growth and spark a love for your garden.

There is an art to managing an allotment, you could try an allotment management course.

Learning doesn’t have to stop when you’re in retirement and studying for a course can spark new creativity and hobbies. There are a number of different courses that may spark your interest at Open Study College.

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Libby Barrett

As Digital Content Executive for OSC, I'm currently studying my IDM Digital Marketing qualification through distance learning. I absolutely love all things creative and when I'm not at Open Study College, I'm being a complete theatre nerd, performing in panto or amateur productions!

Top courses to study in retirement
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