Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making

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Interview RequiredStart DateEnd DateDayStart TimeEnd TimeDurationExam FeeMaterials Fee19+ Tuition Fee24+ Tuition Fee
Yes11/09/201706/07/2018Mon - Fri09:0016:001 year£95.00£900.00£1,800.00£1,800.00
Yes11/09/201706/07/2018Tuesday - Friday09:0016:001 year£95.00£1,100.00£2,300.00£3,800.00

Starts: September
Duration: 2 years full-time
Available at: Enfield

This course will introduce you to the saddlery industry and cover traditional and modern saddlery production methods. Completion of both our Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making will give you a prestigious Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making.

In your first year you will learn the basic skills and techniques required for saddlery, including bridle making, saddle making, harness making and lorinery. In the second year you will work on a variety of more advanced projects, building on skills learnt, create saddlery accessories and find out how the saddlery industry works.

The course is suitable for beginners as well as learners wishing to develop their skills.

The first year covers:

  • saddle, bridle and harness making for the equestrian industry
  • lorinery
  • machining – sewing.

The second year covers:

  • saddle, bridle and harness production for the equestrian industry
  • saddlery accessories
  • saddlery business establishment and marketing.

Candidates will be required to complete all of the following:

  • assessment of written portfolio work for each unit
  • assessment of specified pre-made saddlery items
  • observational and oral assessment during manufacture of saddlery items.

Entry requirements
You will need at least one of the following:

  • at least 4 GCSEs at grades A* to C
  • overall Distinction in a Diploma (Level 2) or equivalent
  • an interest in craft, fashion or creative skills
  • relevant prior learning or experience gained in a professional equine or saddlery related environment will be considered.

You will be asked to attend an interview to explore your interests, experience and ambitions and complete a screening test so that we can help you study. References are also considered.

We want all of our students to maximise their personal development and prospects for employment or further study. While on your course you will continue to build skills relevant to work and study on our Skills Development programmes, which may include English, maths or computer skills.

What next after your course?
Many students will undertake further saddlery qualifications, often as a part of The Saddlery Millennium Apprenticeship Scheme, working towards eventual recognition as a Master Saddler by the Society of Master Saddlers. Others set up in business, selling, making and repairing saddles, bridles, harnesses and associated leather goods. If you want to move into fashion or leatherwear you could start our Shoemaking Advanced Diploma (Level 3).

Last update: 03 June 2017
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