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Course summary

Why choose this course? If you are interested in a technical or scientific career, involving work and travel in manufacturing, the leather industry would be a great choice and this course is an excellent foundation. The leather industry, including the sports, luxury goods, footwear, automotive and fashion sectors, is short of technically skilled staff and is actively searching for well-trained graduates. Your first year will introduce you to the foundations of business and marketing, as well as leather science. Your second year involves all aspects of leather, including materials evaluation and surface coating. Your final year includes a major project and sustainability. The course is delivered by the Institute of Creative Leather Technology (ICLT), part of the university at our on-site Tannery. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
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  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
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  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still 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.
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STAGE 1: • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation – Raw to Tanned (Compulsory) • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation – Tanned to Crust (Compulsory) • Raw Materials and End Use (Compulsory) • Surface Coatings 1 (Compulsory) • Leather Science 1 (Designated) • Foundations of Marketing (Designated) • Introduction to Marketing Communications (Designated) • Introduction to Science (Designated) STAGE 2: • Leather Technology (Compulsory) • Mini Project (Compulsory) • Surface Coatings and Performance Evaluation (Compulsory) • Cleaner Leather Manufacture (Compulsory) • Leather Science 2 (Designated) • Integrated Marketing Communication (Designated) • Operations Management 1 (Designated) • Information Technology for Business (Designated) STAGE 3: • Project (Compulsory) • Leather Technology 3 (Compulsory) • Leather Manufacture and Sustainability (Compulsory) • Leather Science 3 (Designated) • Supply Chain Operations Management (Designated) • Principles of Marketing Management (Designated) Module information is quoted for 23/24 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly. 24/25 entry modules will be released in June 2024.

Assessment method

The course is assessed in a number of ways: • Practical reports • Assignments • Presentations • Reflective portfolios • Examinations.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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