This course will develop and extend your current basic floristry skills to enable you to explore your options within the commercial floristry industry. It will also enhance your learning, initially at Level 1 in the first term, then progressing onto Level 2 in the final two terms.

As a student on this study programme you will continue to develop a range of technical floristry skills and knowledge which will give you the tools you need to develop a range of styles and designs more independently, as expected by employers in the industry. The designs you will research, explore and create, will be suitable for a variety of special occasions and events.

In addition to the practical skills the course also covers aspects of commercial costing, sketching, flower and foliage identification and their characteristics, self-evaluation and reflection.

Alongside this you will strengthen your speaking, listening and communication skills. There will be opportunities to extend your skills in numeracy, literacy, information technology, and softer skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and time management, which are all key to employability.

Within this study programme you will also complete additional qualifications focussing on floristry retail skills, display, enterprise, and employment opportunities. All of these qualifications are at Level 2 and will support your career aspirations, enabling you to develop the skills and tools required when completing a work placement and seeking employment.

Your course experience will be enhanced with mandatory work experience and also the opportunity to participate in external events which have been commissioned through the commercial side of the department. This will give you a first-hand live experience of the floristry industry. Types of commissioned events - Annual Radio Times Cover Party at Claridges hotel London, AoC Principals and MP's event @ House of commons, Nowruz event ? Afghanistan & Central Asian Association, 220 Triathlon awards, Devonport House Hotel Wedding fair and assisted with an installation at the 2016 RHS Chelsea flower show by designer florist Shane Connelly.

Work experience ? Within areas of London, depending on learner's ability to travel.

Aims of the course

To achieve this qualification you will have to create a portfolio of design samples to include pictorial evidence of a range of practical designs, demonstrating your competency in floristry techniques and understanding of the principles and elements of the designs, and submit final projects showing your research, planning and presentation skills. Finally you will complete a minimum of 35 hours' work placement.

Unit Breakdown

L1 Introduction to Creative Floristry units (1st term)-

Unit 01- Explore craft resources

Unit 02- Explore craft ideas

Unit 03- Create, present and review final craft ideas

L2 Certificate in Creative Floristry units (final 2 terms)-

Unit 01 ? Use materials, tools and resources to develop craft techniques

Unit 02 ? Investigate creative enterprise and employment opportunities

Unit 03 ? Develop craft ideas

Unit 04 ? Create, present and evaluate final craft item

Additional qualifications ? Floristry Retail Skills and Display 600/416/4X ?

Mandatory unit- Work Effectively in a Retail Team

Optional units will be selected based on awarding body credit value

Assessment Method

Portfolio building, collating evidence for final practical project presentations to demonstrate competency, peer assessment, self-evaluation and reflection.

Progression Opportunities

Our students prepare to further their study and expand their knowledge on a Diploma Pathway to Commercial Floristry.

Career Options

All our programmes are designed to equip you with everything you need to embark on a successful career in floristry, starting as a junior florist.

What can I earn as a florist?

When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a qualified florist you'll be starting on a career path with lots of opportunity for progression, and a good salary in your sights ? whether you decide to work for a company or set up your own business. For example:

Florists start on around £11,000 a year and can earn £15,000 with 3 years' experience

Horticulturalists start on around £14,000 a year and can earn £18,000 with 3 years' experience

If you'd like to turn your passion for flowers into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our courses combine technical and business training, and include valuable work experience opportunities, ensuring you're ready to take your first steps in the industry.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs D-F / or 3-2 (in 2017 GCSEs)

Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above

Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above


All practical projects will be completed in a workshop environment, theory sessions will be delivered in a classroom setting. There will be opportunities to enhance your course experience with a range of educational industry visits and you will be able to participate in live commercial event work.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location below.



Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 £0 p/ year
19-24 £949 p/ year
24+ £0 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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