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SHOWCASE YOUR CREATIVE FLAIR These courses are designed for anyone who loves flowers and plants and has an interest in creating floral displays.

If you love flowers and plants and have an interest in creative design, floristry could be the career for you. Learn how to create stunning floral pieces for a wide range of occasions and events. Our students can explore their creative side and gain the practical skills and knowledge required for a career in the floristry industry.

We offer floristry courses at our York Campus. Our students can choose from a range of courses aimed at developing professional skills and enhancing career development. We also have provision for recreational learners who want to expand their knowledge of floristry. In addition to practical and theory-based lectures, there are opportunities to observe the auction houses in Holland and the contemporary skills of the Dutch Masters. The department also invites professionals from the UK industry to present their design skills. 

Our floristry students regularly win prizes at major shows and our head of department was a World Skills Floristry Workshop Master. Students are encouraged to further their professional development by attending numerous competitions such as the Harrogate Flower Show and UK Skills.


The College has two dedicated floristry classrooms which are fully equipped with resources for creating a diverse range of floristry pieces. There is a floristry shop within the Horticulture Department at our York campus, where students learn essential retail and customer service skills through interactions with the visiting public.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

  • Retail florist
  • Interior flower designer
  • Retail plant area advisor
  • Flower nursery demonstrators
  • Designers and freelance work
  • Floristry manager
  • Experienced florists often go on to manage a retail outlet or start up their own business
  • Related roles in the wider floristry industry include sales, marketing, stock control, accounts and customer service


At Askham Bryan College we have strong links with florists and retailers throughout the region as well as with wholesalers and markets. Our students regularly compete in regional and national competitions, winning First in Show at the 2014 Harrogate Flower Show and numerous other accolades for their work. The Floristry team have links within the industry with RHS Tatton Park as well as stately homes and country houses including Fairfax House, Newby Hall and Ripon Cathedral.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277