Foundation Pathway in Leather Technology
For those interested in a technological or scientific qualification that will lead to an opportunity to work and travel within a manufacturing industry, the benefits offered by this course are outstanding. With a wave of retirements expected within the next decade, the industry, which is already short of technically skilled staff, is searching for well-trained young executives to support and prepare for these senior positions.
The University of Northampton is the only place in the UK to offer this course and the employability rate has been 100% for the last five years, according to an internal study collated by the Course Director.
The course is a complete preparation for entry into the leather industry and graduates can work in tanneries and leather chemical companies around the world with an increasing demand for leather skills amongst the top leather-using brands that include companies in the sports, luxury goods, footwear, automotive and fashion sectors.
The four-year pathway is based around a backbone of advanced leather technology and we have three specialisms from which students can choose. These are Leather Science, Marketing and Business.
*Fees quoted are for current academic year and are subject to increase in subsequent years
Stage 1: Two semesters
Stage 1: September, January
Stage 1: University Foundation
Analytical and Numerical techniques provides an introduction to mathematical and computational methods for modelling applications. Students will become more confident analysing and handling data key to their scientific degree choices.
Students will carry out their own independent research and data collection and sit two exams.
This module has been designed to improve students computer and ICT skills ensuring you feel confident with programming, HTML and computer systems. Students have access to the UNIC Learning and Technology suite and can also use the UoN computer rooms, which are open 24 hours.
Students will have to produce a piece of coursework and also take two exams at the end of the semester.
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
You need excellent communication skills in order to be successful, not only while studying in the UK, but throughout your professional lives. ILSC Level 3 prepares students to develop skills for independent and collaborative working. This includes academic discussion and presentation skills, active listening skills and effective academic reading and writing skills. Assessments are largely practical, with a combination of written assessments, a group presentation and final exam.
Introduction to Life Systems 1
Covers areas from cell structure (particularly in prokaryotic cells), infection, bacterial/parasitic/fungal/viral diseases and aspects of the human immune system and how our bodies are equipped to fight invading pathogens. Assessements: Essay (30% weighting) and exam (70% weighting).
Introduction to Life Systems 2
Covers all the major human body systems including the cardiovascular, skeletal, digestive and nervous system. Students learn about some of the key anatomical areas and physiological functions of the systems, as well as diseases associated with them.Assessed: Essay (30% weighting) and exam (70% weighting).
Problem Solving, Creative and Analytical Thinking
This module asks students to come up with solutions and learn to think analytically as well as creatively. You will develop their ability to approach tasks in an organised and orderly way in order to get the best results.
Students will do a presentation and also take two exams.
Covers the fundamentals of biology and chemistry. First half of module covers the biology content, everything from cell structure, cellular respiration and cell division. The second half covers chemistry including atoms, elements, types of bonds and chemical reactions.
Assessed: Two 50% weighted exams. One for biology. One for chemistry.
Leather Technology degree pathways