This City & Guilds course provides the essential skills required for a career in Floristry. You will be assessed using specified criteria and work to commercially acceptable timeframes. You will learn about different flowers and plants and how to look after them, how to construct a wide range of floral designs by developing an understanding of the principles of design and learn how to add creative finishing-touches. You will gain knowledge of how floristry businesses operate and develop the skills required to interact with customers and to identify their needs.
What will I learn?
The following units are mandatory:
- Health and safety in land-based industries
- Working in the floristry industry
- Customer service
- Caring for and maintaining floristry products
- Prepare to create floristry designs
- Creating floristry designs
- Floristry design principles
To be awarded the qualification the following must be achieved:
- Theory exam
- Synoptic assignment
- Health and safety assignment
- Evidence of 150 hours of a work experience
(Exam dates set by the awarding body City & Guilds)
Employer and industry links
A core aspect of this Technical Floristry qualification is gaining industry experience by completing 150 mandatory work experience hours. The aim of this is to give a clear ‘line of sight’ to work and it enriches learning. This experience gives a realistic insight to the industry, and the skills required to work in it.
Additionally within the course structure, we include valuable industry links via visits to flower wholesalers and suppliers, guest speakers with relevant industry expertise who will give talks, masterclasses and workshops. The College is affiliated to the British Floristry Association and you will be kept informed of events they host and be encouraged to attend.
These experiences all count as part of your mandatory industrial experience hours.
Jobs and further study
Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to employers that you have the technical skills and knowledge required for positions as a trainee or in introductory florist roles.
Alternatively you may progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical qualification or to an apprenticeship in floristry.
Entry requirements (minimum)
It is essential that you have some prior experience of floristry before enrolling on this course e.g.
- Achievement of a Level 1 floristry qualification; or
- Work experience within a florist shop for minimum of 6 months and have been involved with constructing some practical floristry designs (references required)
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
When you apply you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- You will be invited to attend an interview within six weeks of applying.
- a group presentation about the course, followed by three aptitude tests - practical, numeracy and communications are part of the interview.
You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within 10 working days of the interview. There are four possible outcomes:
- Unconditional place: your place is guaranteed on return of your acceptance.
- A conditional place: your place is secured once you meet the conditions set
- Reserve list: the course is full and you have been placed on a waiting list. If any place become available you may be contacted.
- Unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria or did not met the necessary level at the skills test. Our Student Advice Centre can be contacted to discuss alternative options if you are unsuccessful.
Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example, Student Funding, Joining Instructions, Induction Date