Leathersellers’ Certificate (University Certificate)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
1 Year
Location
Waterside
Start Date
Sept/July

Overview Updated 05/12/2018

The leather industry today is a global business with links from the farm to top brands such as Aston Martin, Virgin Atlantic, Clarks shoes, Nike and Burberry. With its current shortage of technically skilled staff, and an increased demand on the leather industry itself, they are actively searching for well-trained graduates for a range of roles including research, quality control, supply chain traceability and other technical positions.

Our next intake is September 2019.

Course

Highlights

  • Pilot scale tannery.
  • This course is unique to the University of Northampton.
  • Bursaries and scholarships available for leather students.

Additional

Information

Methods of Learning

This one year course is very practical and you will most likely spend a considerable amount of time in our working tannery and chemistry laboratories. You will be introduced to the entire manufacturing process as well as the properties of leather that relate to their suitability for different purposes. You will begin to develop the technical practical skills that are necessary for future career progression, but you will also (depending on the specialist route you choose) examine marketing principles and tools for business management.

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

Course Details

This one year full-time course is the perfect introduction to help you go straight into the leather industry. You will get a thorough grounding in leather and its requirements through a practical approach in our laboratories, underpinned by essential theory.

This course is a balance of theory and practical work, which is based in the tannery or laboratories. You will gain and expand your understanding of leather manufacture and the properties of leather, while discovering the process of leather manufacture from raw hide or skin to finished leather. You will learn the value, properties and quality of raw and part-processed material in relation to their future use.

Read more

Open Days

Discover More

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.

Careers

Career Opportunities

When you graduate from this course, you will find yourself in high demand from employers.

We have requests from more 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.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
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

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the Leathersellers’ Certificate are typically CCC at A-Level or MMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a physical science subject at A-level or the equivalent qualification. We also welcome applicants from national and international students with significant prior experience in the leather industry.

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.

English Language Requirements

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

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level.

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

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 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Facilities &

Special Features

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

  • industry-led practical workshops and seminars in technology and supply chain knowledge delivered by international experts
  • annual industry-supported one week-long trip to Italy to visit leather, machinery and chemical industries
  • continual networking with potential employers within the industry
  • opportunities to attend international leather fairs in Hong Kong, Milan and Shanghai
  • bursaries and scholarships available for leather students

Progression Courses

Further your Study

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

Leatherseller’s Diploma

 

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

19/20 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: £6,600

Additional costs

  • £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) This is optional and costs £26
  • individual Spray Gun, £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
  • a fieldtrip to Italy usually costing around £150, due to subsidies from industry contacts.

18/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £6,500

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

19/20 Tuition fees

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

International: £12,500

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

Additional costs

  • £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) This is optional and costs £26
  • individual Spray Gun, £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
  • a fieldtrip to Italy usually costing around £150, due to subsidies from industry contacts.

18/19 Tuition fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,000

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

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  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…


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Updated 05/12/2018

  • The leather industry today is a global business with links from the farm to top brands such as Aston Martin, Virgin Atlantic, Clarks shoes, Nike and Burberry. With its current shortage of technically skilled staff, and an increased demand on the leather industry itself, they are actively searching for well-trained graduates for a range of roles including research, quality control, supply chain traceability and other technical positions.

    Our next intake is September 2019.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Pilot scale tannery.
    • This course is unique to the University of Northampton.
    • Bursaries and scholarships available for leather students.
  • This one year full-time course is the perfect introduction to help you go straight into the leather industry. You will get a thorough grounding in leather and its requirements through a practical approach in our laboratories, underpinned by essential theory.

    This course is a balance of theory and practical work, which is based in the tannery or laboratories. You will gain and expand your understanding of leather manufacture and the properties of leather, while discovering the process of leather manufacture from raw hide or skin to finished leather. You will learn the value, properties and quality of raw and part-processed material in relation to their future use.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Methods of Learning

    This one year course is very practical and you will most likely spend a considerable amount of time in our working tannery and chemistry laboratories. You will be introduced to the entire manufacturing process as well as the properties of leather that relate to their suitability for different purposes. You will begin to develop the technical practical skills that are necessary for future career progression, but you will also (depending on the specialist route you choose) examine marketing principles and tools for business management.

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

    • Discover More

      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.

    • Career Opportunities

      When you graduate from this course, you will find yourself in high demand from employers.

      We have requests from more 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.

  • Entry requirements for the Leathersellers’ Certificate are typically CCC at A-Level or MMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a physical science subject at A-level or the equivalent qualification. We also welcome applicants from national and international students with significant prior experience in the leather industry.

    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.

    English Language Requirements

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

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
      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
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    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

    Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    • Further your Study

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

      Leatherseller’s Diploma

       

    • 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.

  • 19/20 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: £6,600

    Additional costs

    • £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) This is optional and costs £26
    • individual Spray Gun, £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
    • a fieldtrip to Italy usually costing around £150, due to subsidies from industry contacts.

    18/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,500

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    19/20 Tuition fees

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

    International: £12,500

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

    Additional costs

    • £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) This is optional and costs £26
    • individual Spray Gun, £40 (Sponsorship may be available)
    • a fieldtrip to Italy usually costing around £150, due to subsidies from industry contacts.

    18/19 Tuition fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,000

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

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  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…

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour