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Leather Technology BSc (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 26/02/2020

For those interested in a technological or scientific qualification that will lead to an opportunity to work and travel within a manufacturing industry, the benefits offered by this course are outstanding. With a wave of retirements of the Boomer Generation within the next decade, the industry, which is already short of technically skilled staff, is searching for well-trained young executives to support and prepare for these senior positions.

Home and EU students who complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and who haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Download our course brochure ICLT Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses.

Course

Highlights

  • Unique to the University of Northampton.
  • Additional bursaries and scholarships available for leather students.
  • Outstanding employment prospects.
  • Guaranteed paid internship for Home and EU students with the Northampton Employment Promise.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

Additional

Information

Methods of Learning

Within this highly practical degree you can expect to spend a considerable amount of time in our working tannery and chemistry laboratories. You will acquire an extensive knowledge of the manufacturing process as well as the properties of leather.

You will also develop an expertise in the technical practical skills that are necessary for future career progression, additionally you will, depending on the specialist route that you choose, examine in depth the marketing and business aspects within the context of the leather industry. Consequently, you will gain the skills and confidence to enter a number of industries, not just those relating to leather.

You are also invited to attend some of the professional courses offered by the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at the university to further enhance your repertoire of skills.

Course Details

This course is unique in the UK and makes our graduates highly sought after by employers. During this course you are able to specialise in and focus on an aspect of the leather industry that you find particularly interesting. You will be exposed to a number of science disciplines and interact with industrial experts during workshops and seminars.

Our three-year Honours degree course is a complete preparation for entry into the leather industry. Our graduates can work in tanneries and leather chemical companies around the world or, with the increasing demand for leather skills amongst the top leather-using brands, in the sports, luxury goods, footwear, automotive and fashion sectors.

Read more

Careers

Outstanding Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme are in high demand. We routinely see 100% of graduates entering employment around the world (internal statistics) since the university receives more requests from employers than we have graduates to fill their vacancies.

Our graduates have entered technical management within the leather industry, chemical sales and technical support within research and development departments. Others have become advisers on leather purchasing for clothing, upholstery and automotive industries.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Leather Technology are a minimum of CCC at A-Level or MMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a physical and/or biological science subject at A-level or an equivalent qualification. We also welcome applicants from national and international students with significant prior experience in the leather industry.

Potential students from a creative background will be considered on their GCSE science grades and advised not to take Leather Science as a 20-credit module choice but take a marketing- or business-based module instead. There is a weekly science club for these students which they are advised to attend.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

Course Content

  • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation - Raw to Tanned (30 Credits)
    Module code: LEA1013
    Core Module Y
  • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation - Tanned to Crust (30 Credits)
    Module code: LEA1014
    Core Module Y
  • Raw Materials and End Use (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEA1004
    Core Module Y
  • Surface Coatings 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEA1011
    Core Module Y
  • Leather Science 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: LEA1009
    Core Module N
  • Foundations of Marketing (20 Credits)
    Module code: MKT1001
    Core Module N
  • Introduction to Marketing Communications (20 Credits)
    Module code: MKT1002
    Core Module N
  • Introduction to Management (20 Credits)
    Module code: BUS1004
    Core Module N
  • Enterprise and Opportunity (20 Credits)
    Module code: MKT1003
    Core Module N

Module information is quoted for 19/20 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

As the UK’s only university to integrate leather technology with fashion, marketing, business and environmental concerns, we are proud to house an on-campus working tannery for practical leather making as well as laboratories to enable leather testing.

  • brand new on-campus tannery and laboratories for teaching
  • there are a variety of modules to cater for leather career choices practical leather making and testing
  • industry-led practical workshops and seminars in technology and supply chain knowledge delivered by international experts,
  • annual industry-supported week-long trip to Italy to visit leather, machinery and chemical industries
  • continual networking with potential employers within the industry
  • opportunity to attend an international leather fair in Hong Kong*
  • subject-specific bursaries and scholarships available for leather students

*Ts and Cs apply

Reading List
  • Covington, A.D., 2009. Tanning Chemistry. The Science of Leather. (1st Ed) RSC Publishing.
  • Sharphouse, J.H., 1983. Leather Technician’s Handbook. (2nd Ed) Leather Producers Association.
  • Daniels, R., 2013. The Framework for Leather Manufacture (1st Ed) WTP.
  • World Leather Trade Magazine
  • Leather International Trade Magazine
  • International Leather Maker Magazine
  • JSLTC / ALCA Journals

Graduate Discount Schemes

Discounts for alumni and new students

Whether you are an international, home or EU student, we offer generous tuition fee discounts for postgraduate study.

Our International Scholarships page has details of the International Graduate Scholarship offering up to 50% for alumni of the University and the International Scholarship offering up to 30% for new students.

The Graduate Discount Scheme page has information about the 20% discount for Home and EU graduates.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Studies

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Leather Technology MSc

Leather Technology PhD

Three Month Professional Leather Development Course

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

Additional costs
You will need to allow for following additional over above your course fees:

  • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
  • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) – Optional. £25
  • individual Spray Gun – £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
  • Italy Trip – Although the Italy Trip is heavily subsidised by industry, there is an approximate cost of £150 that students will pay to book flights and transport. The trip is not compulsory. International students will need to apply for a Schengen Visa.
  • Safety glasses.

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,900
International Foundation Study Framework: £12,900

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
International Foundation Study Framework: £9,800

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional costs
You will need to allow for following additional over above your course fees:

  • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
  • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) – Optional £26.
  • individual Spray Gun – £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
  • Italy Trip – Although the Italy Trip is heavily subsidised by industry, there is an approximate cost of £150 that students will pay to book flights and transport. The trip is not compulsory. International students will need to apply for a Schengen Visa.
  • Safety glasses.

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Micro-Pak Scholarship Fund

The Micro-Pak Scholarship provides a full-time undergraduate student enrolled on a three year Leather Technology course with a financial award of £1,500 per year for…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

The Leathersellers' Company Scholarship

The Leathersellers’ Company Scholarship awards students on full-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses within the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies. Awards vary in size but have…

The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary

The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary supports a small number of undergraduate students who are studying a full-time three year BSc or BEng in Environmental…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Foundation Study Framework

Course information

The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Leather Technology we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Leather Technology programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

Read more


*Course data provided by Unistats

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Updated 26/02/2020

  • For those interested in a technological or scientific qualification that will lead to an opportunity to work and travel within a manufacturing industry, the benefits offered by this course are outstanding. With a wave of retirements of the Boomer Generation within the next decade, the industry, which is already short of technically skilled staff, is searching for well-trained young executives to support and prepare for these senior positions.

    Home and EU students who complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and who haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

    *with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

    Download our course brochure ICLT Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Unique to the University of Northampton.
    • Additional bursaries and scholarships available for leather students.
    • Outstanding employment prospects.
    • Guaranteed paid internship for Home and EU students with the Northampton Employment Promise.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

  • This course is unique in the UK and makes our graduates highly sought after by employers. During this course you are able to specialise in and focus on an aspect of the leather industry that you find particularly interesting. You will be exposed to a number of science disciplines and interact with industrial experts during workshops and seminars.

    Our three-year Honours degree course is a complete preparation for entry into the leather industry. Our graduates can work in tanneries and leather chemical companies around the world or, with the increasing demand for leather skills amongst the top leather-using brands, in the sports, luxury goods, footwear, automotive and fashion sectors.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Methods of Learning

    Within this highly practical degree you can expect to spend a considerable amount of time in our working tannery and chemistry laboratories. You will acquire an extensive knowledge of the manufacturing process as well as the properties of leather.

    You will also develop an expertise in the technical practical skills that are necessary for future career progression, additionally you will, depending on the specialist route that you choose, examine in depth the marketing and business aspects within the context of the leather industry. Consequently, you will gain the skills and confidence to enter a number of industries, not just those relating to leather.

    You are also invited to attend some of the professional courses offered by the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at the university to further enhance your repertoire of skills.

    • Outstanding Career Opportunities

      Graduates from this programme are in high demand. We routinely see 100% of graduates entering employment around the world (internal statistics) since the university receives more requests from employers than we have graduates to fill their vacancies.

      Our graduates have entered technical management within the leather industry, chemical sales and technical support within research and development departments. Others have become advisers on leather purchasing for clothing, upholstery and automotive industries.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

  • Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Leather Technology are a minimum of CCC at A-Level or MMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a physical and/or biological science subject at A-level or an equivalent qualification. We also welcome applicants from national and international students with significant prior experience in the leather industry.

    Potential students from a creative background will be considered on their GCSE science grades and advised not to take Leather Science as a 20-credit module choice but take a marketing- or business-based module instead. There is a weekly science club for these students which they are advised to attend.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Foundation Study Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation - Raw to Tanned (30 Credits)
      Module code: LEA1013
      Core Module Y
    • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation - Tanned to Crust (30 Credits)
      Module code: LEA1014
      Core Module Y
    • Raw Materials and End Use (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEA1004
      Core Module Y
    • Surface Coatings 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEA1011
      Core Module Y
    • Leather Science 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: LEA1009
      Core Module N
    • Foundations of Marketing (20 Credits)
      Module code: MKT1001
      Core Module N
    • Introduction to Marketing Communications (20 Credits)
      Module code: MKT1002
      Core Module N
    • Introduction to Management (20 Credits)
      Module code: BUS1004
      Core Module N
    • Enterprise and Opportunity (20 Credits)
      Module code: MKT1003
      Core Module N
      • Covington, A.D., 2009. Tanning Chemistry. The Science of Leather. (1st Ed) RSC Publishing.
      • Sharphouse, J.H., 1983. Leather Technician’s Handbook. (2nd Ed) Leather Producers Association.
      • Daniels, R., 2013. The Framework for Leather Manufacture (1st Ed) WTP.
      • World Leather Trade Magazine
      • Leather International Trade Magazine
      • International Leather Maker Magazine
      • JSLTC / ALCA Journals

    Module information is quoted for 19/20 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    As the UK’s only university to integrate leather technology with fashion, marketing, business and environmental concerns, we are proud to house an on-campus working tannery for practical leather making as well as laboratories to enable leather testing.

    • brand new on-campus tannery and laboratories for teaching
    • there are a variety of modules to cater for leather career choices practical leather making and testing
    • industry-led practical workshops and seminars in technology and supply chain knowledge delivered by international experts,
    • annual industry-supported week-long trip to Italy to visit leather, machinery and chemical industries
    • continual networking with potential employers within the industry
    • opportunity to attend an international leather fair in Hong Kong*
    • subject-specific bursaries and scholarships available for leather students

    *Ts and Cs apply

    • Discounts for alumni and new students

      Whether you are an international, home or EU student, we offer generous tuition fee discounts for postgraduate study.

      Our International Scholarships page has details of the International Graduate Scholarship offering up to 50% for alumni of the University and the International Scholarship offering up to 30% for new students.

      The Graduate Discount Scheme page has information about the 20% discount for Home and EU graduates.

    • Further your Studies

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Leather Technology MSc

      Leather Technology PhD

      Three Month Professional Leather Development Course

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Study Framework: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    Additional costs
    You will need to allow for following additional over above your course fees:

    • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
    • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) – Optional. £25
    • individual Spray Gun – £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
    • Italy Trip – Although the Italy Trip is heavily subsidised by industry, there is an approximate cost of £150 that students will pay to book flights and transport. The trip is not compulsory. International students will need to apply for a Schengen Visa.
    • Safety glasses.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    International Foundation Study Framework: £12,900

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    International Foundation Study Framework: £9,800

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional costs
    You will need to allow for following additional over above your course fees:

    • £100 to cover PPE (one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, wellington boots and gloves) and contribution to raw material costs
    • student Membership to the Society for Leather Technologists and Chemists (six journals per year and free attendance to the Annual Conference) – Optional £26.
    • individual Spray Gun – £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
    • Italy Trip – Although the Italy Trip is heavily subsidised by industry, there is an approximate cost of £150 that students will pay to book flights and transport. The trip is not compulsory. International students will need to apply for a Schengen Visa.
    • Safety glasses.

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Micro-Pak Scholarship Fund

    The Micro-Pak Scholarship provides a full-time undergraduate student enrolled on a three year Leather Technology course with a financial award of £1,500 per year for…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    The Leathersellers' Company Scholarship

    The Leathersellers’ Company Scholarship awards students on full-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses within the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies. Awards vary in size but have…

    The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary

    The Reid Science and Engineering Bursary supports a small number of undergraduate students who are studying a full-time three year BSc or BEng in Environmental…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Course information

    The Foundation Study Framework offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Leather Technology we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Leather Technology programme which includes a Foundation Study Framework Year. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Read more

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour