THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

Leather Technology

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

This course is unique in the UK and makes our graduates highly sought after by employers. Through this course you are able to specialise in and focus on an aspect of the leather industry that you find particularly interesting. You will be exposed to a number of science disciplines and interact with industrial experts during workshops and seminars.

Leather BSc Content Image

There are compulsory and optional modules that contribute to the total number of credits required for each pathway within the BSc (Hons) degree. The course contains theory sessions with a high proportion of practical content which is undertaken in the tannery or laboratories (this may be subject to the pathway). 60 credits of the study programme comprises of compulsory modules across all pathways. You must then select a named pathway to obtain an additional 60 credits ensuring that your total number of credits is 120 for each year. The three possible pathways with their particular focus are discussed below:

Leather Science pathway: fosters the values and attitudes needed for work in a scientific leather discipline with an in depth understanding of leather manufacture.

Marketing pathway: combines a blend of theoretical marketing principles with the application to real life business scenarios.

Programme description

This course is unique in the UK and makes our graduates highly sought after by employers. Through this course you are able to specialise in and focus on an aspect of the leather industry that you find particularly interesting. You will be exposed to a number of science disciplines and interact with industrial experts during workshops and seminars.

Leather BSc Content Image

There are compulsory and optional modules that contribute to the total number of credits required for each pathway within the BSc (Hons) degree. The course contains theory sessions with a high proportion of practical content which is undertaken in the tannery or laboratories (this may be subject to the pathway). 60 credits of the study programme comprises of compulsory modules across all pathways. You must then select a named pathway to obtain an additional 60 credits ensuring that your total number of credits is 120 for each year. The three possible pathways with their particular focus are discussed below:

Leather Science pathway: fosters the values and attitudes needed for work in a scientific leather discipline with an in depth understanding of leather manufacture.

Marketing pathway: combines a blend of theoretical marketing principles with the application to real life business scenarios.

Key Modules

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme are in high demand and the university receives more requests from employers than we have graduates to fill them. For the last three years, 100% of our graduates have gained employment with a range of companies in a number of different countries around the world (internal statistics). Our graduates have entered into the technical management within the leather industry as well as chemical sales, and technical support within research and development departments in a number of areas not just those with a leather focus. Graduates have also become advisers on leather purchasing for companies using leather, including clothing, upholstery and automotive industries.

Alternatively, some students have decided to continue study with us at a postgraduate level to gain a Master’s level qualification or have undertaken their own research to gain an MPhil or PhD.

Module & Subject
  • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation – Raw to Tanned (30 credits)

    • Module code: LEA1013
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    • Core module Y
  • Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation – Tanned to Crust (30 credits)

    • Module code: LEA1014
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    • Core module Y
  • Raw Materials and End Use (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA1004
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    • Core module Y
  • Surface Coatings 1 (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA1011
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Leather Science 1 (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA1009
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    • Core module N
  • Foundations of Marketing (20 credits)

    • Module code: MKT1001
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    • Core module N
  • Introduction to Marketing Communications (20 credits)

    • Module code: MKT1002
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    • Core module N
  • Introduction to Management (20 credits)

    • Module code: BUS1004
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    • Core module N
  • Enterprise and Opportunity (20 credits)

    • Module code: MKT1003
    •  
    • Core module N

stage2

  • Leather Technology 2 (40 credits)

    • Module code: LEA2001
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    • Core module Y
  • Materials Evaluation 2 (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA2008
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    • Core module Y
  • Surface Coatings 2 (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA2006
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Cleaner Leather Manufacture (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA2010
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    • Core module Y
  • Leather Science 2 (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA2007
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    • Core module N
  • Integrated Marketing Communication (20 credits)

    • Module code: MKT2011
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    • Core module N
  • Operations Management 1 (20 credits)

    • Module code: BSO2003
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    • Core module N
  • Information Technology for Business (20 credits)

    • Module code: BSO2017
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    • Core module N

stage3

  • Project (40 credits)

    • Module code: LEA4001
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    • Core module Y
  • Leather Technology 3 (40 credits)

    • Module code: LEA3001
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    • Core module Y
  • Leather Manufacture and Sustainability (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA3005
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    • Core module Y
  • Leather Science 3 (20 credits)

    • Module code: LEA3004
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    • Core module N
  • Supply Chain Operations Management (20 credits)

    • Module code: BSO3008
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    • Core module N
  • Principles of Marketing Management (20 credits)

    • Module code: MKT3017
    •  
    • Core module N
Entry Requirements
  • Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Leather Technology (Leather Science, Marketing or Business) are a minimum of CCD at A-Level or MMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a physical science subject at A-level or an equivalent qualification. We also welcome applicants from national and international students with significant prior experience in the leather industry. Those who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).
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Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 41-45 Months
Course Fee:  12000.00
Course Level:  UNDERGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Park Campus, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK. Phone:+44 1604 735500
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER