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Floristry Intermediate (Level 2)

Floristry is a diverse sector that includes private and corporate floristry, sales and marketing, buying for flower companies, creative demonstrations and event work. This study programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of this diverse and challenging industry. You will study a range of topics, including art and design for florists, hand-tied and floral designs, wedding and funeral designs, and much more.

Harriet

I have a part-time job in a florist and I really enjoy making people happy by doing something that makes me happy.  I love seeing people’s reactions when they come to pick up one of the displays that I’ve designed – it’s the best bit! 

One of the people I work with had already completed a floristry course at Shuttleworth and she highly recommended it.  Although I live in Hertfordshire, it hasn’t been a problem getting there as I catch the College bus which stops in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock. 

Learning all the different floral arranging techniques has been very interesting.  For example in the wedding unit we did a lot of delicate wire work and learnt how to use parafilm floral tape effectively.  Having timed assessments has also been really valuable as they give you an idea of what it’s like to work under pressure.

We have a ‘Floristry Shop’ at the College, which is a big, walk-in, cold room which helps to keep the flowers alive for longer.  The local wholesaler delivers weekly, first thing on a Monday morning, and we can make suggestions about colour themes and the types of flowers we would like on a Friday, when our tutor places the order.

I’m so pleased that I decided to do the course and I’m definitely a better florist now.  I’ve been offered more work from the shop so I’m now working four days a week.  Eventually I’d like to do a Level 3 course and I’d definitely consider doing it at Shuttleworth.

Harriet - Floristry Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 or A*-D ideally including English and maths 
OR
  • Equivalent Level 1 qualification 


Course content

This study programme will incorporate elements of the principal techniques used in floristry, whilst also developing your understanding of the floristry industry.

  • Subject units:
    • Health and safety for the land based industries
    • Working in the floristry industry
    • customer service
    • Caring for and maintaining floristy products
    • Floristry design principles
    • Creative floristry designs
    • Preparing to create floristry designs
  • English and maths
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • You are required to complete 150 hours of work experience as part of your study programme and mandatory unit: Employer Involvement.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will have the opportunity to visit floristry events, flower markets and take part in competitions.
    • You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in commercial work.


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including presentations, case studies, portfolios and practical assessments. The study programme will require you to complete two theory exams and one synoptic assignment (externally set).

Qualifications

Floristry NPTC Level 2 Technical Certificate

Plus English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

The study programme ensures that you will develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills that are required for progressions onto a Level 3 course, or employment in the floristry industry. Floristry is a diverse industry, and this course will also help prepare you for potential employment in private and corporate floristry, sales and marketing, buying for flower companies, creative demonstrations and event work.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information. Visit our accommodation page for more information - www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/accommodation.

To take part in this course you will be required to pay £950 for flower costs over the year. There will also be non-compulsory trips at approximately £300.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
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