Top courses to study in retirement

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!


You don't have to get into floristry just for work or business. The art of floristry is an interesting hobby and something brilliant to get stuck in to. Understand how to arrange flowers and learn which flowers and plants complement each other.

It could also help family and friends out as well and you could see yourself designing flowers and floral arrangements for birthdays, weddings and funerals. Try out Floristry Level 3 which even gives you the chance to attend a practical day where you can design and arrange your own flowers with others!


Counselling courses are so interesting and have actually helped many people with their own mental health and wellbeing. You don't have to study counselling just to become a counsellor - it can even help you help out friends and family members.

There are so many different types of counselling to cover, from grief counselling to addiction, so you can always be the family member or friend others turn to in their time of need!

Nail course

Many of you lovely ladies (or gentlemen) will be visiting a nail technician regularly to get your nails done. But, with plenty of time to spare, consider studying a nail course, where you can put practical skills to the test and do your own or a family members nails. You could be saving yourself that monthly cost you'd normally be spending at the salon and also be having fun!

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.

Animal care

If you have always loved animals, with plenty of spare time on your hands, here's your chance to learn more about pets and other animals. Our complete animal care course covers it all.


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.

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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Top courses to study in retirement