On Course for

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

Special Offers

Win a £25 Learning Voucher

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be launching our new competition for a chance to win a £25 Learning Voucher that can be used towards any course of your choice.

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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.

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 Micro-Documentary interview video of learners in Plymouth studying a variety of leisure and qualification courses.

I managed to pass my GCSE, probably one of the oldest learners at age 64. Now I’m looking to get back into learning and hopefully take an A level in maths.”


Studying English Functional Skills, I now have an improved confidence and I can walk around with my head held high.


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.


I have now passed both my functional skills courses and am currently studying for GCSE’s. I must admit it’s much better and I am way more confident.”


I started learning Functional Skills with On Course. I’ve since found work with a charity and am so proud of my qualifications.


Passing my GCSE made me feel super chuffed and means I can now go on to study an access course.


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


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.


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.