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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:

  • A minimum of three GCSEs at grade D or above, including English and/or Maths
  • An Introductory Diploma in a related subject

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. Applicants will also need to present an example of their current work.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.

Course Content

This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter the world of work within the floristry industry.

You will study the following mandatory content:

  • Working in the floristry industry
  • Preparing to create floristry designs
  • Creating floristry designs
  • Customer service
  • Caring for and maintaining floristry products
  • Floristry design principles
  • Health and safety for land-based industries
  • Work experience

You will also be required to study Functional or GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not obtained a GCSE grade C in these subjects.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the qualification, you must successfully complete all the mandatory assessments, written projects, exams and practicals.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Flat closed-toe shoes
  • Suitable tools and equipment e.g. secateurs and scissors(you will be advised on what you require during Induction Week)
  • Derby College tabard
  • Derby College uniform
  • Writing materials
  • Approximately £500.00 towards the cost of fresh flowers and foliage (dependent on wholesale costs).

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Floristry, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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Sarah-May Anderson

Sarah-May Anderson

Business is blooming for Sarah-May

Sarah-May Anderson's Saturday job in a fruit and veg shop sowed the seeds of an idea which led to her own floristry shop.
And while the bunches on sale at her part-time work first fired her imagination, it was the broad spectrum of Derby College's full time Level 3 Floristry course which inspired her to enrol.
Sarah-May, now 28, completed the two year course at Broomfield College after leaving school. She took time out from floristry and admin jobs to start a family – she has a little boy, Hunter, who is now three-and-a-half.
Last year Sarah-May followed her dream using the enterprise skills she gained at Broomfield and launching her business Stems From The Heart in Long Eaton.

The course appealed to me in the first place because it gave a lot more than just floristry – it was quite detailed.


It went into business planning, admin, spreadsheets, legislation relating to the workplace and insurance. I learned about design and interior design and costings.


On the floristry side, I didn't know much about flowers, or even most of their names when I started. I was at college fulltime for two years and leaned all I needed to know to start off. Put it like this - I don't think I'd be standing here without it.

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