Saddlery and Shoemaking

If you are interested in horses and horse riding, or working with leather a

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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 historic and prestigious qualifications in saddlery and shoemaking with The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making, The Worshipful Company of Saddlers Certificates and the Access to HE Diploma in Shoemaking.

Our saddlery and leatherwork courses teach skills that 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 shoemaking course provides practical training in our cordwainers shoemaking workshop as well as our shoe design studio.

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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The Worshipful Company of Saddlers Certificates


Access to HE Diploma in Shoemaking


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

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

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
  • Tackle the world’s environmental challenges
  • Boost your career​
  • Taught by industry experts​

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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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