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Why study with OCSW?

Our most recent feedback from our learner survey revealed some great reasons to join On Course South West for your learning. Find out why.

Stay in the Loop

We release regular updates about news and events happening in and around Plymouth. Our newsletters are a great way to keep in the loop about our education offers.

5 Reasons to Learn

We meet people everyday who decide to learn new skills for a variety of reasons. Whatever reason you may have, when you learn a new skill, it has benefits that go way beyond what you might expect.

New Course Guide

Our annual course guide is packed full of all the exciting new courses for 2019 and 2020. Keep an eye out for our course guide inside the August edition of the Plymouth Magazine

Dyl's Story

Dyl’s story is similar to that of many people who, often through no fault of their own, did not have a good experience with school education. Read her story here.

What our Learners Say

We asked our learners to tell us about our their experiences with us. Take a look at our Micro-Documentary to see what they thought.

Welcome Tuesdays

On Course South West now host ‘Welcome Tuesdays’ for you, your family and friends. Visit us at our Learning Hub from 10am to 6pm every Tuesday to meet our staff and have a chat through your learning needs and next steps.

Our Community Promise

We work right across Plymouth creating educational opportunities. We’re always listening, co-designing and creating courses for our communities.

Custom Courses for Work

Are you looking for bespoke training for your organisation or business? We can help! We can work with you to develop unique ‘made to measure’ packages that really add value.

Special Offers

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 Taster in Counselling

Do you have an interest in counselling? Try our free ‘Get into Counselling’ Taster course on 24th July 2019. Read on for more detailed information about the course.

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.

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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.

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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.