Leatherwork

If you are interested in horses and horse riding, or working with leather and have artistic flair, then one of our leatherwork courses is the ideal choice.

We offer the prestigious and historic Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making, as well as the Shoemaking Advanced Diploma.

Our saddlery and leatherwork courses are taught through practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops, helping to provide you with the skill set needed for working within the leather industries. 

Our students enter the industry working for saddlery businesses and Master Saddlers whilst others take up apprenticeships to further their training. Skills learnt on our courses are transferable and our students go on to work with a wide range of employers in areas such as luxury leather goods makers, the British Army and the fashion industry.

Did you know?

Capel Manor College is the only college in Europe to run a full-time saddlery course.

The industry contributes around £700 million to the UK economy each year.

Leather production in the UK is a key component in the global leather industry due to its level of expertise.

Careers

Our courses provide numerous career opportunities including roles such as:
  • Costume maker
  • Master Saddler
  • Harness maker
  • Footwear designer
  • Leather technologist
  • Shoe repairer
  • Production manager
  • Technical manager

Facilities

Our saddlery and leatherwork courses are taught at our Enfield Campus, set amongst 30 acres of picturesque gardens and green space.

You will be taught in our leather workshop, located within historic Victorian stables.

Charlie's story

I really enjoyed the making aspect of the course. I learned so much and I gained the fundamental skills in leatherwork to kick-start my career. Charlie studied saddlery during his time at Capel Manor College