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Level 2 Diploma in Floristry


Developing practical design skills and emphasising the fundamental principles of floristry and retailing, this course is an ideal stepping stone to more advanced qualifications. Ideal for budding florists of any age, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to cope with the day-to-day responsibilities involved in a floristry shop. Within this course you will also benefit from a minimum of five days work experience in a floristry shop. This exposure to real-life situations will enhance your learning and enable you to understand the different situations a florist encounters.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 3 or 4 days a week plus work experience.


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Identify, check and monitor the quality of incoming cut materials
  • Identify and maintain the condition of plants and planted designs
  • Plan, prepare and construct:
    • tied floristry designs
    • funeral designs
    • floral arrangements
    • wedding designs
  • Display of floristry goods
  • Introduction to:
    • working in the floristry industry
    • function decorating using floral displays
    • art and design for florists
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Each unit will be assessed by a series of practical assessments supported by short written assignments. An externally set multiple choice examination will cover all aspects of the course.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 4 GCSEs C - D / 4 - 3 Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A - D / 9 – 3 Grade or equivalent.

Students need to have a willingness to learn and an aptitude for coursework. Although no previous floristry experience is required, students should have a genuine interest and commitment to pursue a career in floristry.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto the Level 3 Diploma in Floristry or 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.

Natalie Howie


  • 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

Typical Employers

Department stores, high street florists, supermarket chains or self employed as a freelance florist or shop owner.

Industry Links

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.

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