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Shoemaking at London’s environmental college

We are one of the only colleges in the UK to offer the Worshipful Cordwainers' Diploma in Shoemaking; a practical course that truly focuses on mastering your hand skills and techniques to craft a perfect pairs of shoes.

Guided by industry experts through hands-on workshops, our students confidently enter the shoemaking industry with the practical and transferable skills needed to land careers with a variety of employers, such as luxury leather goods, fashion, the British Army, and more.

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Access to Higher education Diploma in Shoemaking

A pair of lace up boots in the leather workshop

Why come to Capel Manor College​

Over the last 50 years, we have helped thousands of school leavers and adults achieve their dream of working with animals, plants and the environment.

  • London's only environmental college​
  • Alternative to sixth form
  • Valued by land-based employers
  • Learn in hands-on workshops
  • Boost your career​
  • Taught by industry experts​

Naomi landed skills that matter

I gained an understanding of how to produce pieces entirely by hand, from design and pattern-cutting to the whole making process. I can now apply these skills to other items such as shoes, bags, and fashion accessories. Naomi studied saddlery and bridle making before becoming one of the first students to study our shoemaking course.

Career prospects


A shoemaker makes, designs and repairs footwear. They take measurements, gather materials, calculate costs and cut materials into shape to meet bespoke design requirements.

Footwear Designer

This is an ideal job if you are someone who enjoys visualising and designing new products. A footwear designer keeps up-to-date with emerging trends and often works to a design brief in line with branding and production requirements.

Costume Designer

Explore your passion for fashion and utilise your hand craft skills by creating bespoke costumes for actors and actresses in TV, theatre or film.

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  • By bus: 157, 358, 410, 249, 432, 322, 417, 3, 363, 202 and 931

    By rail: Served by Crystal Palace Station (from Victoria, London Bridge and Dalston Junction)

  • By car: The Campus is situated just off junction 25 of the M25 and the A10 Southbound

    By rail: Served by Turkey Street Station (from Liverpool Street Station), the College is approximately 20 mins walk from Turkey Street

    By bus: Buses 217 and 317

  • By bus: Jevington Way, Alnwick Road, and Mottingham Way stops are within five minutes' walk of the Campus

    By rail: Mottingham station is a 23 minute walk from the Campus, with regular services to London Charing Cross, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Dartford

    By car: Mottingham Campus is located on Mottingham Lane, just two minutes’ drive from the A20 Sidcup Road/South Circular Road roundabout

  • By tube: The Campus is very well served by tube stations on various lines including Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines), Baker Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan and Bakerloo lines) and Camden Town (Northern line)

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