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Leather Technology BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    J430

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (foundation study framework)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


For those with a technical / scientific / creative interest, this qualification will provide opportunities to work and travel within the global leather industry, the benefits offered by this hands-on course are outstanding.

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.

Updated 23/09/2020

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.

Course Content


  • 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.

    Structure

    There are compulsory and optional modules that contribute to the total number of credits required for the BSc (Hons) degree. The course contains theory sessions with a high proportion of practical content which is undertaken in our tannery and laboratories. 100 credits of the study programme comprises of compulsory modules. You must then select an additional 20 credits ensuring that your total number of credits is 120 for each year. The options are discussed below:

    • Leather Science module: fosters the values and attitudes needed for work in a scientific leather discipline with an in depth understanding of leather manufacture.
    • Marketing based module: combines a blend of theoretical marketing principles with the application to real life business scenarios.
    • Business based module: focuses on the tools and skills that are required in order to drive the leather industry forward.

    Assessments

    The course content is assessed utilising a variety of assessment methods such as practical reports, assignments, presentations, reflective portfolios and examinations.

  • 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
      a variety of modules to cater for a wide range of leather career choices
      industry-led practical workshops and seminars in technology and supply chain knowledge delivered by international experts
      opportunity in Stage 1 to attend a week long industry supported trip to Italy (non-compulsory, see additional costs)*
      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
  • A minimum of CCC at A Level or MMM at BTEC. In addition, you should have studied a physical and/or biological science subject at A Level or an equivalent qualification.

    If you have a creative background, you will be considered on your GCSE (or equivalent) science grades and advised not to take Leather Science as a 20-credit module choice but take a marketing- or business-based module instead. You will also be advised to attend our weekly science club.

    We also welcome applicants  with significant prior experience in the leather industry.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements
    Normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have some professional or industry experience, other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to Leather Technology.

  • UK & EU

    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)

    Additional costs

    • £100 to cover PPE (safety glasses, 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.*

    *Subject to Terms and Conditions.

    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)

    International

    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

    Additional costs

    • £100 to cover PPE (safety glasses, 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.*

    *Subject to Terms and Conditions.

    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.

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

    You will also develop an expertise in the technical practical skills necessary for future career progression within the whole leather supply chain. Depending on your interest and background, each year you can take module options in leather science, marketing or business. Consequently, you will gain relevant skills to facilitate entry into industry sectors of your choice upon graduation.

    Workshops and guest lecturers from key industry members keep students up-to-date with technical developments and current global issues affecting the leather supply chain.

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Careers and Employability


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.