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Floristry Intermediate (Level 2) (Part-Time)

This study programme will ensure that you develop the skills and vocational knowledge needed for employment in the floristry industry. It will give you the fundamental skills required to create beautiful floral designs and to help run a successful business. The study programme will provide the essential foundation skills and a springboard if you wish to progress onto a Level 3 course, or find work in the floristry industry. Floristry is a diverse sector that includes private and corporate floristry, sales and marketing and buying for flower companies, creative demonstrations and event work.


I have a part-time job in a florist and I really enjoy making people happy by doing something that makes me happy.  I love seeing people’s reactions when they come to pick up one of the displays that I’ve designed – it’s the best bit! 

One of the people I work with had already completed a floristry course at Shuttleworth and she highly recommended it.  Although I live in Hertfordshire, it hasn’t been a problem getting there as I catch the College bus which stops in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock. 

Learning all the different floral arranging techniques has been very interesting.  For example in the wedding unit we did a lot of delicate wire work and learnt how to use parafilm floral tape effectively.  Having timed assessments has also been really valuable as they give you an idea of what it’s like to work under pressure.

We have a ‘Floristry Shop’ at the College, which is a big, walk-in, cold room which helps to keep the flowers alive for longer.  The local wholesaler delivers weekly, first thing on a Monday morning, and we can make suggestions about colour themes and the types of flowers we would like on a Friday, when our tutor places the order.

I’m so pleased that I decided to do the course and I’m definitely a better florist now.  I’ve been offered more work from the shop so I’m now working four days a week.  Eventually I’d like to do a Level 3 course and I’d definitely consider doing it at Shuttleworth.

Harriet - Floristry Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths 
  • Equivalent Level 1 qualification 

Course content

This study programme will incorporate elements of the principal techniques used in floristry, whilst also developing your understanding of the floristry industry.

  • Subject units:
    • An introduction to art and design for florists
    • Identifying, checking and monitoring the quality of incoming cut materials
    • Identifying and maintaining the condition of plants and planted designs
    • Planning, preparing and constructing tied floristry designs
    • Planning, preparing and constructing funeral designs
    • Planning, preparing and constructing floral arrangements
    • Planning, preparing and constructing wedding designs with floral materials
    • The displaying of floristry goods
    • Introduction to working in the floristry industry
    • Introduction to function decorating using floral displays
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will have the opportunity to visit floristry events, flower markets and take part in competitions.
    • You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in commercial work.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including presentations, case studies, portfolios and practical assessments.


Floristry NPTC Level 2 Technical Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
Further study and career options

The study programme ensures that you will develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills that are required for progressions onto a Level 3 course, or employment in the floristry industry. Floristry is a diverse industry, and this course will also help prepare you for potential employment in private and corporate floristry, sales and marketing, buying for flower companies, creative demonstrations and event work.

Additional information

To take part in this course you will need to pay an additional fee of approximately £45 for required clothing and £900 for flowers. You may be able to claim support towards this cost.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
60 weeks 17/01/2020 Fri 9.30am - 4.00pm £997 Shuttleworth College B1379 Apply


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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