Floristry Level 3

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

For florists with the level two qualification or five years of industry experience, this course teaches you a range of specialist technical skills and knowledge to progress your career and business. You’ll gain a City & Guilds advanced technical diploma, which will qualify you for a supervisory role in floristry and give you the expertise to produce advanced designs and arrangements. This can be studied on a part-time basis over two years.

Entry Requirements


Level 2 Technical Certificate in Floristry or equivalent, or 5 years industry experience.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

You will study a range of topics that are compulsory. These will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress within the floristry industry, learning about current and future design development and innovation in floristry.

You will study creative floral design methods and techniques, botany and business and marketing skills along with developing advanced skills in hand tied designs, floral arrangements, funeral and sympathy designs, wedding and event work and trends within the industry.


You will study the following mandatory units:

Flower, foliage and houseplant care

Working in the floristry industry

Principles of the creative design process

Practical skills – Tied designs, floral designs in mediums, wired and glued designs

Business management and marketing

Trends in the industry

Event floristry

Principles of Health and safety


To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve all the following assessments:

Theory exam – written paper

Synoptic assessment (practical test)

Health & Safety – multiple choice exam

150 hours work experience

Employer engagement

Why Choose us?

100% achievement

Dedicated floristry classrooms and workshop

Experienced lecturers with many years industry experience

Educational trips to The Netherlands, wholesale flower market, wholesalers and flower growers

Competition work – Students are encouraged to compete at Harrogate Flower Show, Worldskills UK, Interflora and RHS Chelsea Florist of the year

Based within land-based college with vast natural resources and beautiful grounds

Opportunities to produce floral designs for college events, flowers festivals, private weddings as well as working with companies like Castle Howard and Merchant Taylors Hall.


Level 2 Technical Certificate in Floristry or equivalent, or 5 years industry experience.

Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress onto a City & Guilds Level 4 Higher Diploma in Floristry on a part time basis and then Level 5 Master Diploma in Floristry

Career pathways include:


Senior florist

Flower shop manager

Freelance florist

Event co-ordinator

Self-employed florist

Students work experience has led to jobs within retail flower shops, event floristry, flower farming, hotel and wedding co-ordinating and many have set up their own business


Progression and Development Sessions:

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.



We encourage students to find a placement close to home but we can assist with securing a placement for you as we have a dedicated placement officer, many students already work in the industry so you can use your contracted hours as evidence.

Students are to complete a minimum of 150 hours in their first year and 315 hours in their second year of study. (Some students may opt to complete the 315 hours in their first year, this will be discussed during induction)

Retail florists provide the best experience for students as they are able to work through all the very busy peak periods in the industry, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday, as well as experiencing the daily taking of orders for gifts, funeral and sympathy tributes and weddings. You are expected to undertake 150 hours once you have enrolled on the course, this has on many occasions led students to part- or full-time paid work.

Course cost may be different if you reside in a devolved area and over 19.  To find out more please visit out finance page for advice for over 19 applicants or email us:






A normal range of stationary is required for theory sessions.

Other supply costs are kept to a minimum wherever possible and will be provided before the start of the course.

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