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Our FREE Essential Digital Skills course helps adults do more online

We are excited to announce that in addition to our existing digital offer we are launching a new Essential Digital Skills course, starting in December – and it’s completely FREE.

A Career in Care Could be Waiting for You

Did you know that there are currently over 2,000 jobs available in health and social care in Plymouth?

Covid-19 Keeping you safe at our venues

On Course South West is committed to providing an environment which reduces the risk of Covid-19 transmission

Learn for Free! More Options Added

We’ve made our free learning offer even bigger, with over 40 nationally recognised qualifications now included in our Autumn 2020 special promotion!

New Courses, More Choices for Local Adult Learners

With a range of new courses starting in September 2020, we can help you develop the skills you need – for life, for work, for you.

Study Safely with On Course South West

With a range of new courses starting in September 2020, we have adapted our courses to keep you safe.

Keep Learning

Information and resources on how we can support you to keep learning remotely.

Free Online Learning Qualifications subject to eligibility

Supporting the community to keep learning – online learning for local adult learners.

Adults in Plymouth succeed through online learning

Read about the benefits of online learning and qualifications from one of our learners.

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We’re helping adult learners in Plymouth and surrounding areas look to the future with a range of new, flexible courses starting in September 2020.

Special Offers

Online Qualifications for Free!

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

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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.

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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.