About Us

About Us

We run short and longer courses for adults; online and classroom based; daytime and night school.

We deliver quality learning across Plymouth and the local area, all linked to economic and wellbeing priorities.

Why we do it

Adult learners are our priority. Our learning experiences give you two things;

1. the tools to take more control of your own life, your health and wellbeing, your priorities, your preferred job
2. help you become more confident, hopeful and successful

How do you know you can trust us?

Every year, over 2,000 local people trust us with their learning. 99% would recommend us to their family and friends. * Click here for more facts.

Graded Good by Ofsted (2016), we believe local people deserve learning and teaching that is trusted, relevant and high quality, so we;

  • continuously review how we are doing and make sure results are always above national averages
  • ask all our learners, staff, volunteers and partners for regular, honest feedback
  • keep up to date for local people, providing the best in adult education
  • are aspirational. We’re pleased to be good, but we are always working towards outstanding

Giving back to communities

We create inspiring learning activities for social benefit. We work very closely with over 250 partners in the city and are dedicated to supporting volunteering and training.

Some adult training courses are free. If there is a charge, we keep your costs down because your fees are subsidised to help you with your career development, business education or personal growth and development.

Our Community Promise

“If there’s a group of you with a learning dream or skills gap, contact us and we’ll do our best to make it happen.”

Whether it’s an art class at a community centre, an IT beginners’ workshop in retirement accommodation, or even a basic maths and English course for a group. We want to support you and your community.

We work with adults in work and adults looking for work. We also work with adults to help them with their families, their retirement, their hobbies, making friends, learning something completely new and above all, having fun!

Want to talk about your community project?

Give us a call on 01752 660713 and ask to speak to our Innovation Team.

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.