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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 (3) 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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Katie Haslam

Katie Haslam

Career in floristry is flourishing for DCG apprentice Katie

DCG floristry apprentice Katie Haslam has a natural flair for working with flowers.
 
The former Peak Award (plant science) winner and Floristry Student of the Year, now works at a Valerie of Dore near Sheffield, providing floral arrangements for every occasion, big and small.
 
Katie first found her love of floristry while at school, but it was her time spent at College which has allowed her career to flourish.
 
A florist she met while on work experience form school in Chesterfield recommended Derby College’s full-time technical certificate in floristry, and Katie was so impressed with the interest shown in her by lecturers at the open day, she enrolled right away.
 
After completing her course with distinction, she progressed to level 2. And, it was while on that course that she gained work experience through College at florist Valerie of Dore, ultimately securing her apprenticeship.
 
Katie said: “College was great. While on level 2 we went to Aalsmeer in Holland to see the flower market and to Keukenhof, one of the world’s  largest flower gardens. We also did a workshop with a Dutch florist. Broomfield is very welcoming. On the full-time course, it was nice to be able to compare what I’d done with what the other students and produced.”
 
Katie loves watching people’s reactions to her work and seeing if what she’s created “comes out the way it looked when it was still in my head.”
 
Due to complete her level 3 soon, Katie said she hoped to have her own florist’s business one day.

Broomfield is very welcoming. On the full-time course, it was nice to be able to compare what I’d done with what the other students and produced.

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