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Level 3 Diploma in Floristry


Further developing your practical floristry skills, this course covers a range of advanced designs such as bridal and sympathy work. You will learn about the marketing and retail skills needed to be a successful florist and gain an insight into the correct use of corporate image. By the end of the course you should have the necessary tools to start your own business or progress onto one of our higher educational programmes.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 3 or 4 days a week.


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • The creative design process for florists
  • Diverse flower and plant care
  • Plan, assemble and evaluate:
    • diverse tied floristry designs
    • diverse floral designs
    • diverse funeral designs
  • Negotiate and agree terms and conditions for the sale of floristry products and services
  • Function and event decoration using floral displays
  • Working in the floristry industry
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Each unit will be assessed by practical work and written assignments.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including 2 in English and Maths) or a full Level 2 qualification at Merit grade or equivalent.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can progress into higher education with the Level 4 Diploma in Floristry (please see our undergraduate prospectus). Alternatively they can pursue a career in the 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 Experience:

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

Students will need to provide their own flowers, plus a well-stocked tool box and camera to photograph design work. A sketch book is also recommended.

Hadlow College was initially recommended to me and I decided to attend the Open Day to get a feel for the place. From the moment I stepped onto campus I loved the look of it and, since I enjoyed the Open Day so much, I immediately decided to apply. The College has such a relaxed environment with a real range of people – both in ages and experience. The tutors are always there to help and encourage; passing on their personal knowledge and experiences of the industry for you to take away and use. The experience I have gained here has made me so much more confident in my floristry designs – I am now happy to advise customers and, because I can say I’ve got this qualification, they now know exactly what I’m capable of. My future plans, once I’ve finished this course, is to stay on and study the Level 4 (and potentially the Level 5) to further develop my skills.

Lauren Parvin



  • 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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