Floristry Courses at Derby College

From birthdays to weddings, state occasions to celebrity parties, the art of the florist adds a memorable finishing touch. Floristry is a rewarding career where you can unleash your imagination and creativity.

Is this you?

  • Would you like to learn about different plants and flowers
  • Do you enjoy doing practical things
  • Do you have a helpful, pleasant and tactful manner
  • Do you enjoy being creative
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Please note more information is also available on each Floristry course below, where you can also apply online.

Getting into floristry


  • Full time at College Derby College offers a range of Floristry courses for everyone from school leavers to mature Students seeking a career change.
  • Apprenticeships You can take an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in Floristry through the College, gaining practical experience of the profession alongside a recognised qualification.
  • Higher education Most jobs within this sector do not require a specific higher education qualification for entry. However, there are university foundation and honours degrees in subjects such as Professional Floristry and Floristry Design.
  • Jobs The most common route into this sector is to find work with a florist and train on the job, often completing work-based qualifications. Employers are looking for evidence of your skills, qualities and, importantly, any relevant experience you’ve had. You can gain such experience through taking a full-time college course, embarking on an apprenticeship, doing voluntary work or joining a flower arranging society.

Why choose Derby College?

  • Our Broomfield Hall campus is an idyllic setting for budding florists – with extensive plant collections, ornamental gardens and rolling landscapes.
  • We run our own commercial venture on campus – The Florist – providing bespoke designs for customers. It will give you a real insight into business practice.
  • We’ll keep you up to date with the latest techniques and trends, helping you stand out from the crowd as a gifted and creative florist.
  • You could take part in high-profile competitions: our Floristry Students regularly scoop ‘best in show’ medals at Derbyshire County Show.
  • Our expert teaching team have vast experience and contacts within the industry, including managing their own floristry businesses.
  • Our courses feature exciting hands-on projects. You could create displays for community events, produce festive gifts for fundraising campaigns or even head abroad for work experience.

It’s always great to make someone’s day with flowers. Our Floristry courses combine a love of flowers with vision and artistry – you’ll soon be creating stunning displays to adorn any special occasion.


Derby College Course Listings - Floristry


PT Certificate in Floral Design - Level 1: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Diploma in Floral Practical Skills - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT FC - Make A Door Wreath For Christmas Saturday: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Floral Arrangements: Traditional and Contemporary - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Floral Decorating for a Function - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Floristry Taster - January: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Floristry Taster - June: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Floristry Taster - March: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Floristry Taster - May: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Flowers for Church and Religious Celebrations - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Flowers from the Garden - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Funeral Designed Flowers - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Hand Tied Flowers - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Innovative Techniques in Floral Design - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introduction to Seasonal Floral Design - Autumn/Winter: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introduction to Seasonal Floral Design - Spring is in the Air: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introduction to Seasonal Floral Design - Summer Solstice: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Level 2 Certificate In Floral Design (QCF): Site Broomfield Hall

PT Level 2 Certificate In Floral Design (QCF): Site Broomfield Hall

FT Level 2 Floristry Apprenticeship Standard: Site Workplace


PT Make a Door Wreath for Christmas: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Make a Door Wreath for Christmas : Site Broomfield Hall

PT Man Made with Love: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Mother's Day Gift: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Seasonal Flowers for the Home - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Trends within the Floristry Industry - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Wedding Floral Designs - Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Horticulture and Environmental Conservation are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

Nadia Di Tullio

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A national reputation for wedding floristry

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.

Did you Know?

  • There are 9,700 floristry businesses in the UK
  • 14,700 people are employed in the sector
  • 2.7 million bunches of flowers are bought in the UK for Valentine’s Day
  • The UK fresh-cut flower and indoor plant market is worth £2.2 billion
  • 77% of florists are over 25 years old – so the industry is looking for younger recruits

Examples of recent vacancies locally

Junior florist
National Minimum Wage.
Assisting florists with caring for flowers and plants, setting up displays and providing customer service

Experienced florist
£20,000 per year.
Using creativity and knowledge of plants to design and construct displays

Floristry manager
£30,000 per year.
Business and marketing skills needed alongside floristry expertise

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Broomfield Hall

Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »

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