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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Learning for leisure

Learning doesn't have to be formal and you don't have to learn for a qualification. Learning can be fun and a great way to relax, and socialise. You might want to develop an existing interest or learn something new.

Why learn for leisure?

Learning can be a way of relaxing and doing something you enjoy, alongside other like-minded people in a relaxed environment.

Learning for leisure can also build your confidence, and act as a stepping-stone back into more academic learning.

You can learn just about anything you want and courses can take place anywhere from colleges and learning centres to libraries and outdoor locations. You can learn over a weekend, do a longer course or even go on a learning holiday.

Finding a course

Many courses are available at different levels so you can be sure that you are learning with people of similar ability to you. Courses can be for fun but some do offer qualifications or awards.

You can search for courses near you on the National Careers Service course search.


Cookery can be fun and challenging and the range of courses on offer means that there is always something new to learn. Whether you are a complete cookery beginner or are looking to enrol onto a gourmet master class, you will be able to find a course that's right for you.


Whether you just need to keep your garden neat and tidy, or want to take on a bigger challenge, such as redesigning it or adding a new water feature, there is a course to suit you.

Home improvement

Home improvement is a popular course choice and there is a wide range of courses available.


If you want to learn another language there are many courses available across the country. Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced level speaker, there will be a course for you.


If you enjoy art or want to develop your skills there are courses where you can work at your own pace and at a time that suits you. Art can be a very social hobby too, with classes taken in groups and each student learning from one other.


There is a wide range of courses on offer and something for everyone regardless of whether you are a complete beginner wanting to take a better picture or an experienced photographer looking to get familiar with the latest digital technology and techniques.

Whatever level you are at you're also guaranteed to meet like-minded people with the same passion for photography as you.


Dancing is an enjoyable way for learners of all ages to keep fit and meet new people in a relaxed environment.

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