Leather Technology Top-Up BSc (Hons)
1 year full time
Full Time: £9,250
Full Time: £13,900
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If you already have some experience or qualifications in the leather industry, this course will help you top that up to a full degree. Typically, students will have completed our Diploma in Leather Technology. Our course is very flexible, to suit your interests, while also helping you learn everything you need to meet the expectations of employers in the leather industry. This means that when you graduate, you will be highly sought after and you will be able to find work in the area of leather supply chain that you are most interested in.
Find out more about the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies.
- Unique to the University of Northampton.
- On-site working tannery and laboratories.
- Additional bursaries and scholarships available for leather students.
Our Leather degree is the only one like it in the UK. You will be able to specialise in the aspect of the leather industry that you find most interesting from a number of leather modules taught by industry experts in workshops and seminars.
This course is made up of compulsory and optional modules that allow you to tailor your studies to your strengths and interests. There is a mix of theory and practical work to give you a fully rounded education and prepare you for work in the leather industry.
You will be assessed in both theory and practical work by a variety of methods including practical reports, research assignments and examinations.
Supply Chain Operations Management (20 Credits)
Module code: BSO3008Status: DesignateThis module develops students' understanding of efficient and effective delivery of goods and services in a global economy. Furthermore it focuses on the processes and systems found within a supply chain and explores the role of cross functional business units in planning and managing such a complex global setting.
Leather Technology 3 (40 Credits)
Module code: LEA3001Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to advance theoretical and practical understanding of leather technology by building on previous knowledge understanding of the parameters of leather making and linking to the related disciplines. Using these skills student will be able to apply deal and overcome problems encountered during leather manufacture.
Leather Science 3 (20 Credits)
Module code: LEA3004Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to explore the scientific principles underlying the leather making process to analyse the relationships between process steps and to evaluate and reflect upon the properties and structure of collagen and its potential to provide a source and basis for leather and for other useful materials.
Leather Manufacture and Sustainability (20 Credits)
Module code: LEA3005Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to encourage the students to investigate beyond leather manufacture and understand the complex nature of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. This will enable the students to identify critically assess and apply the relevant social and environmental factors to make changes.
Project (40 Credits)
Module code: LEA4001Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to serve as the culmination of the scientific and technological aspects of the taught course. The student will demonstrate an ability to plan and independantly carry out a research project in an area of leather technology and communicate their findings in the form of a project report and presentation.
Principles of Marketing Management (20 Credits)
Module code: MKT3017Status: DesignateThe purpose of this module is to explore the tools concepts & models that are essential to inform marketing strategy. This module will examine the macro and micro environments and evaluate the strategic fit between company strengths and market opportunities.
- Supply Chain Operations Management (20 Credits)
Applicants should have successfully completed the Diploma in Leather Technology. We also welcome applications from students with significant prior experience in the leather industry.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students must meet the 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 English Language page.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- International – Full Time: £13,900
- £100 to cover PPE (safety glasses, one white lab coat, one blue lab coat, safety glasses, 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) This is optional and costs £26.50
- Individual Spray Gun, £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
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.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- International – Full Time: £13,750
- £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) This is optional and costs £26
- Individual Spray Gun, £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page
Our leather course is unique, with our own tannery and our integrations between leather and fashion. We are home to industry-leading experts who deliver research and knowledge on an international level, so you will be taught by the best of the best. Our approach is to integrate the scientific and technical elements with the commercial aspects so that you will be industry-ready when you graduate.
Careers and Employability
When you graduate from this course, you will find yourself in high demand from employers. We routinely see 100% of graduates enter employment or further study, since we have more requests from employers than we have graduates to fill their vacancies.
Roles include technical management, chemical sales and technical support within research and development, as well as advisory positions in leather purchasing for companies using leather, including clothing, upholstery and automotive industries.