Saddlery and Shoemaking

If you are interested in horses and horse riding, or working with leather and have artistic flair, then one of our saddlery or shoemaking 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 Cordwainers' Diploma in Shoemaking.

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 such as luxury leather goods makers, the British Army and fashion designers.

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


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.

We have teamed up with Homes for Students to offer accommodation for all of our students aged 18 and over.

Homes for Students is one of the largest independent student accommodation providers in the UK and Ireland, and they offer a 5% discount to Capel Manor College students at the Opera House in Tottenham, North London.

The Opera House offers luxury student accommodation in London with a great location and excellent facilities. Situated just four minutes’ walk from Bruce Grove station, there are direct train links within 12 minutes to Turkey Street station (15 minutes’ walk from our Enfield Campus).

Opera House offers students en suite studio apartments with inclusive wifi, a communal study room, roof top terrace, an on-site gym and communal lounges on every floor. There is also 24-hour security, student wardens and a key holding service to make sure you feel safe and secure.

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.

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