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.
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:
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.
The course includes:
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.
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.
There are no course fees for applicants aged 16-18. For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required.
You can progress to employment in the floristry industry or to higher education where you could take a:
As a five-year-old girl, Nadia Di Tullio would sit enthralled watching the florist at work next door to her parents’ newsagent business. It sparked a lifelong love of flowers – a passion which she has transformed into a thriving career, with help from Derby College.
Today, her business – Nadia Di Tullio Flowers – has earned a national reputation for exquisite wedding florals. Her distinctive work has featured in leading magazines and wedding blogs, and she is regularly called upon to provide specialist articles giving advice on floristry.
An interest in flowers has stayed with me since childhood – and, as the years went by, I was determined to move away from a conventional career and dedicate my working life to creating something I love.
I thoroughly enjoyed the learning process at Derby College, gaining insights from professional tutors who really knew what they were doing and being part of a varied group of learners who all contributed different skills, knowledge and perspectives.