Consider this course if you are looking for a career in floristry, have always fancied working with flowers, or possibly want a complete change of career.
This is a practical-based modular programme that will show you the basic tricks of the trade, enabling you to move forward into a rewarding new profession.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
In addition to the mandatory Floristry units, you will study Functional Skills and attend a work experience placement.
You will be assessed continually on practical and written work. You will complete a portfolio of evidence.
You are required to wear protective clothing and to have suitable tools and equipment. You will be advised of these in your first week at College. You will need to purchase a Derby College tabard and should allow £300 for the cost of fresh flowers and foliage.
You will also be given the opportunity to buy books and a recommended reading list will be provided.
Derby College offers advanced courses in Floristry or Horticulture. However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma (Level 3).
You could also apply for a job in the floristry industry or continue your studies in a shop environment through an apprenticeship.
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.