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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

Digital Skills

Creative Skills

Work Ready

Mental Health & Wellbeing

ME Time (maths and English)

Online Qualifications

Foreign Languages

Family Learning

Core Skills

Special Offers

Online Qualifications for Free!

For a limited time only, you can work towards a qualification – all completely free

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.”


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.


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


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


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’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.