This course is designed to allow students interested in
a career in the rural sector to develop the confidence,
ability and skills they need whilst studying or working.
The College’s excellent land-based facilities are used
extensively throughout the duration of this course,
which ensure our students develop good vocationally
practical and employability skills. This includes the
well-stocked floristry classrooms and our on-site
commercial florist, Broadview Florist.
The course has a high practical element and focuses
on the wide variety of retail floristry design.
A range of employability skills will be developed
whilst on the course including practical skills,
communication, floristry specific knowledge and
development of ICT skills. The course is therefore
aimed at someone who wants to either gain
employment in the floristry industry or progress onto
another higher level floristry course.
Students are able to access a range of additional
learning support, based on need and well supported
through the use virtual learning resources. Students
will also get the opportunity to carry out work
placement at our commercial florist.
1 year, full-time
The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:
• Safe and effective working practices
• Develop performance in land-based industries
• Work experience and employability skills
• Transportation and maintenance of equipment and supplies
• Maintenance of structures and surfaces
• Assemble basic floral designs
• Planting and establishing plants
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths
You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2
Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).
You should also have a keen interest in the subject
and demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area.
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Appropriate, comfortable, neat and tidy clothing.
Assessment consists of practical assessments in
class and the production of a portfolio of written
and photographic evidence.
Once completed students can progress onto a Level
2 qualification in Floristry or gain employment in a
range of opportunities including retail florist shops,
flower wholesalers, supermarket flower concessions,
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.