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Join us and start your next lifelong learning journey here. Our adult learners enjoy learning and retraining with us for lots of different reasons...

  • Night school, part time or evening courses
  • Online courses or distance education in your own time
  • Try something new or brush up on a skill

We welcome over 1000 new adult learners every year delivering the highest quality adult training courses. Plymouth City Council is proud to offer a range of courses to support adult learners to reach their goals with their adult learner service, On Course South West.

Explore our Courses

21st Century Skills

Creative Skills

Work Ready

Health and Wellbeing

Maths and English

Online Qualifications

International Languages

Family Learning

Core Skills

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Free Taster Sessions

We have put together a range of free #TasterSessions for you to try something new. Find out more now.

Get 10% Off in August

Get 10% off any course of your choice during the month of August using our promotional code augustoffer19

Free Qualifications

You may be fully funded up to and including all level 2 qualifications for a number of courses that include a reduced fee or concessionary offer. Check if you are eligible.

Free GCSE’s for Adults

There are plenty of reasons to take a GCSE with us here at On Course South West. Whether it’s to support your career, or just to help the children with their homework, GCSE’s are desirable qualifications.

On Course Points

On Course for Points is an initiative to encourage and reward, good attendance. For each hour of every course you attend, you will receive one point towards a cumulative total at the end of the academic year.

Free Family Learning

Discover new skills learning together as a family with our FREE Family Learning activities run by our experienced tutors in schools, children’s centres and here at On Course South West.

About us

Watch our video showreel highlighting the different types of adult courses delivered across Plymouth and the travel to area.

Being on this course has helped me to develop a friend network of likeminded people. I’ve learned lots about child development and its nice to know that my values are shared by everybody.


The course is very lovely, I’m now enjoying more learning to work with children. I’ve learned that we can make a difference.


The course made me have more confidence, I know more about working with children. It’s good to know that what you learn is more in detail.


Everybody’s really welcoming, and nobody judges you, and you can be who you want to be. It’s just a great way to get going.


Helped me find the real me. I now have the confidence and the qualification to find myself a job. Thank you to my tutors who believed in me and pushed me to my limits it sure has paid off.


Just started the Introduction to Counselling Course & it is excellent!


Learned a lot the time passed so quickly because I was enjoying it so much it’s a shame we could not have more lessons with Mike I am sure It would be well worth it let me know what you think thanks for six hours of fun and knowledge.


Really enjoyed the Introduction to Training course. The trainer’s style was creative and engaging. Would recommend to anyone.


Fantastic start to a new course 3D printing.


Amazing place to learn very friendly and relaxed.


I recently attended two of the free workshops and I was amazed how much I learnt, the tutors were very passionate about the craft they were teaching and the fact we all got to bring items home that we made was so wonderful. I would recommend to anybody.


I have undertaken several courses with on course south west and have found them to be professional and friendly as well as superb value for money. The tutors really care about the learners and the admin staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking to expand their horizons.


Very supportive tutor for drawing and painting class.


The wreath making was fantastic x


I’ve just received my results and have passed both my GCSE English & Maths. I left school in 1988. Getting the chance to redo them was a great opportunity for me. Such a good feeling to have passed, onwards and upwards for me.