Shoemaking Advanced Diploma (Level 3)

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Interview RequiredStart DateEnd DateDayStart TimeEnd TimeDurationExam FeeMaterials Fee19+ Tuition Fee24+ Tuition Fee
YesSeptJulyMon - Fri09:0016:001 year£140.00£500.00TBC
Start: September
Duration: 1 year full-time
Available at: Enfield

If you have any questions about this course, please call us on 0303 003 1234 or email Sue Saunders.

This in-depth shoemaking course offers a unique introduction to the industry and an opportunity to learn all aspects of footwear pattern-cutting and making.

Before beginning the production of footwear you will be introduced to:

  • footwear pattern cutting
  • foot anatomy
  • size-fitting systems
  • using contemporary lasts and last measurements.

You will also be guided through the many styles of shoe, the types of leather used in the shoe industry and what leather works best with what shoe.

You will

  • have access to the full range of industrial equipment used in the shoemaking process
  • learn how to click (cut leather by hand)
  • prepare and fit the many components involved with shoemaking, including the linings, insoles, stiffeners and heel coverings.

The course is taught through practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops. It will cover information on suppliers and tools as well as how to create and complete a sample specification ticket used in the industry.

At the end of the course you will have produced 4 or 5 pairs of shoes, a comprehensive set of reference notes and supporting patterns for all the shoes.

Entry requirements
You will need at least one of the following:

  • at least 4 GCSEs at grades A* to C
  • overall Distinction in a Diploma (Level 2) or equivalent
  • an interest in craft, fashion or creative skills
  • relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered.

You will be asked to attend an interview to explore your interests, experience and ambitions and complete a screening test so that we can help you study. References are also considered.

We want all of our students to maximise their personal development and prospects for employment or further study. While on your course you will continue to build skills relevant to work and study on our Skills Development programmes, which may include English, maths or computer skills.

What next after your course?
If you want to move into fashion or leatherwear you could take our Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making, take other professional short courses in shoe design or progress onto Higher Education courses in footwear design and product development or shoemaking apprenticeships.