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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You will be provided with a broad range of skills required to work competently within the floristry industry. Practical skills will be mostly practised and developed in the workplace while theoretical background knowledge will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.

Entry requirements

You must be in employment and be committed to a career in the floristry industry.  

You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.

You will need:

  • a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and/or Maths
  • an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, including English and/or Maths

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.

Course Content

The course includes:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Floristry
  • Independent assessment of knowledge-based element for Floristry
  • Key Skills: Application of Number Level 2, Communication Level 2
  • Additional employer requirements including Emergency First Aid and two additional Floristry units or a legislative or nationally recognised occupational qualification relevant to the industry
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

How will I be assessed?

Training is largely work-based with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding and your progress will be regularly reviewed and assessed.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You are required to wear protective clothing and have suitable tools and equipment such as an apron/tabard, scissors, small knife, secateurs, flowers, foliages and writing materials. You will be given full details of these at interview.

 

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to employment in the floristry industry or to higher education where you could take a:

  • BA (Hons) in Professional Floristry
  • Level 4 in Professional Floristry
  • Level 5 in Commercial Floral Design

 

Eleanor Holt

Eleanor Holt

Stunning Broomfield inspired florist Eleanor

Four years ago, floristry shop owner Eleanor Holt felt trapped in a supermarket job which did not suit her.
Today she is the proud owner of her own floristry shop after studying for the skills she needed at Derby College.
In deciding on her course, Eleanor looked back fondly to her enjoyment of two weeks' work placement in a florists shop.
So she ditched her supermarket management course and took the college's Level 2 part-time City and Guilds in Floristry, passing with a distinction.
Eleanor worked part-time during her course at Hoods Florists shop in Chesterfield and was taken on.
And when the owner decided to concentrate on her business in Clay Cross, Eleanor jumped at the chance buy the shop "with a little help from the bank of mum and dad".

So I just went for it. I loved it.


The actual site at Broomfield is great. The way you can go out into the grounds and pick foliage and use the flowers in your work is brilliant.


The course taught you pretty much all you need to know to be a florist – there was a wedding unit, funeral unit, hand tied unit, things like that.


We also did health and safety as it relates to the job which was really useful.


The college gave me what I needed to do the job I'm doing now.

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