Giving you an insight into the skills you need for a successful floristry career, this practically-based course is an ideal starting point for those students who have few formal qualifications. You will learn how to produce designs for gifts, weddings and funerals. As part of the course you will be required to work in a floristry shop.
1 year, 3 or 4 days a week.
- Safe and effective working practice in land-based industries
- Develop performance in land-based industries
- Carry out basic floristry tasks
- Identify cut flowers, foliage and plants
- Produce and maintain shop displays
- Assemble basic floristry designs
- Industrial experience in land-based industries
- Functional skills/GCSE – English and Mathematics
Short multiple choice examinations, plus a portfolio of evidence will be marked by an external examiner.
Minimum of 2 GCSEs at D - E / 3 – 2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).
Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto the Level 2 Diploma in Floristry or progress straight into the floristry industry.
Additional Learning Opportunities:
Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.
Additional Industry Experiences:
Students benefit from a variety of study tours and industry visits to events such as the Annual Floristry Show, floristry wholesalers, Covent Garden Flower Market and the flower markets in Holland.
Specialist Equipment Needed:
Flowers will be provided, however students will need to purchase some basic sundries from the College shop.
Note: A camera is essential to record design work and a sketch book is recommended.
After my GCSEs I knew I wanted to stay in education and continue to learn. However, I also knew I wanted to do something completely different. Hadlow offered exactly what I needed. The course is ideal. The lecturers really encourage individuals to flourish and progress on their own design paths. We are shown the basics of floral design and cover many of the traditional types, as well as modern arrangements, so that our essential skills are built up. As a course it was perfect for me because before starting I'd not had any experience in putting arrangements together - this can only really be taught through practical assignments. The skills I've developed this year I'm confident will make me employable. I'm planning on progressing to the Level 3 Diploma to build up my qualifications and technical ability before hopefulyl pursuing a career in floristry.
- Commercial standard floristry studios
- Cold store
- Opportunities to attend key floristry events such as Chelsea Flower Show, Leeds Castle Flower Festival
- Study trips to Covent Garden Flower Market and the flower auctions in Holland
Department stores, high street florists, supermarket chains or self employed as a freelance florist or shop owner.
Students benefit from close links with local florists and wholesalers. The College is also an active member of the British Florist Association.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.