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Why study an ALFIE Course?

Choosing to enrol in an ALFIE Course comes with unique advantages. These courses give practical skills that can enable specific tasks both in everyday life and work. They also offer students a deeper sense of achievement and confidence, and the ability to navigate daily life can be truly empowering.

Our ALFIE courses are fully funded for adults 19+ who are claiming benefits and whose earned income (not including benefits) is less than £338 a month.

There are no material costs; however, students on the ‘Going into the community’ course will be required to bring money for refreshments and sometimes for activities such as bowling.

ALFIE Students coming on the Animal Experience need full overalls and wellingtons, and proof of tetanus immunisation within the last 10 years.

Join us in the ALFIE Courses to not only acquire valuable skills but also benefit from the financial support provided, making education accessible to those eager to enhance their independence and employability.

Students may bring a carer or support worker with them if required.

View our courses timetable here.


Range of ALFIE courses

Our ALFIE courses range from Art and Craft, to Animal Management, Cookery and Horticulture.



Sessions are planned with the individual needs in mind and delivered in a way that supports each group member’s development and participation.


Students may enrol on one or two courses. Students wishing to enrol on the cooking courses must disclose any dietary needs at enrolment.

Further information

Places for new students will be confirmed after the interview stage. Returning students will have their places confirmed after all the enrolment paperwork has been completed in full.

Our ALFIE courses are:

  • Part-time for 34 – 36 weeks starting from Monday 2nd September 2024
  • Intended for adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties
  • Based in both our purpose-built Health & Sciences Centre.


As part of this course you will gain employability skills in the following areas –

  • Adaptability
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication Skills
  • Empowerment
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility