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Floristry (Level 3)

You will gain all the advanced skills and vocational knowledge needed for employment in the floristry sector. This study programme will give you an in-depth knowledge of running a floristry business, in addition to the advanced skills needed to create beautiful and modern floral designs.


I have studied at Shuttleworth College for a few years now on both Horticulture Level 2 and 3 and Floristry Level 2 and 3. Studying both subjects has given me a real advantage. I love the creative process behind them and I have been able to combine floral design with the gardening side of horticulture. It also meant that I already knew many of the Latin names, and am still enjoying learning new ones on the Floristry programme.

I love working on advanced techniques, such as leaf manipulation, as well as unusual designs. I work at a Florist in Bedford where we share ideas; I show her the different techniques and skills I learn in College, and she shows me new techniques, so it’s nice to combine the two.

We also learn about the history of floral design, which is fascinating as it teaches you about all the different styles, trends and meanings throughout the ages from when floristry was first discovered up until the present day and predictions of future trends to come.

My tutors have always been very understanding of my medical problems, helping me work around having to take time off. They are very good and cater to your individual needs and they way you want to learn. I am also deaf in one ear and the tutors and staff across the campus, from the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) to the canteen, have been very accommodating and supportive.

After finishing College I am hoping to get a part-time job in a florist shop or garden centre.

Rhiannon - Floristry Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Floristry at Level 2

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Principles of health and safety
    • Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
    • Principle of the creative design process in floristry
    • Plant and flower care
    • Tied floral designs
    • Floral designs in a medium 
    • Wired floral designs
    • Glued floral designs
    • Business management and marketing in floristry
    • Trends in the floristry industry
    • Event floristry
  • 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
  • You are required to complete 150 hours of work experience as part of your study programme and mandatory unit: Employer Involvement.
  • 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. The study programme will require you to complete two theory exams and one synoptic assignment (externally set).


Floristry NPTC Level 3 Diploma

Plus English and maths qualifications if required.

You can also gain up to 72 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

Floristry is a diverse industry, and this study programme 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

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

To take part in this course you will be required to pay £950 for flower costs over the year. There will also be non-compulsory trips at approximately £300.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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 DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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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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