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

Course overview

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. This course is suitable for beginners as well as learners wishing to develop their skills. You will be asked to complete a written portfolio of work for each unit, as well as being assessed for specified pre-made saddlery items, and you will undertake an observational and oral assessment during the manufacture of saddlery items.

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You will learn

  • Saddle, bridle and harness making for the equestrian industry
  • The trade of lorinery
  • Machining and sewing techniques
  • Saddle, bridle and harness production for the equestrian industry (second year)
  • How to make saddlery accessories (second year)
  • How to run a saddlery business establishment and market your own business (second year)

Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making – City & Guilds of London Institute Reference: 60062502

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 and above (A* to C) must include Maths and English and a creative subject is beneficial 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 Overall Distinction in a Diploma (Level 2) or equivalent will be considered if GCSE at grade 4 and above is also achieved in Maths and English Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

You can undertake further saddlery qualifications, often as part of The Saddlery Millennium Apprenticeship Scheme, working towards eventual recognition as a Master Saddler by The Society of Master Saddlers. You will also have the knowledge to start your own business in selling, making and repairing saddles, bridles, harnesses and associated leather goods. If you want to move into fashion or leatherwear you could start our Cordwainers’ Diploma in Shoemaking.

This is a full-time course. If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of this course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence. Find out more on our Fees and Funding page. If you are eligible, you can also apply for support with travel and other costs through our bursary process. Further information will be provided when you enrol.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees for some courses. If you are in receipt of employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.