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Andy’s Man Club

We asked Craig and Lisa what difference it has made hosting Andy’s Man Club at On Course South West. Read the full story here.

Tothill Tales and Tittle Tattle

OCSW Creative Writing learners. The Tothill Scribblers, an anthology of shorts stories and poems published.

British Science Week 2020

Sign up for one of our free workshops and help us celebrate British Science Week 2020.

100% pass rate

Our tutor Sue teaches counselling courses to adult learners at On Course South West. All of her students have achieved a 100% pass rate and we asked her why? Read her inspiring story here.

Learner Success

Lee recently found success on a GCSE maths course . Find out what she said about studying with On Course.

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.

Learner Celebrations

We are so proud of all the learners from our ‘Whole New World’ programme, who have attended the course and received certificates.

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.

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.

New Course Guide

Our annual course guide is out now, packed full of all the exciting new courses for 2019 and 2020. Look out for a copy inside the Plymouth Magazine.

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.

Say Hello...

On Course South West offers a warm welcome for you, your family and friends. Visit us in our Training Centre any time during our opening hours to meet our staff and have a chat through your learning needs.

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 Water Refills

We are delighted to have joined the Refill scheme. Fill your water bottle for free #GotTheBottle

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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.