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Floristry City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate

  • FULL L2
  • UE

This course has been developed to focus on the education and training of people who want to work 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 Level 2 Diploma in Floristry is designed to provide you with the foundation required to progress onto a Level 3 course, or to find work in the floristry industry. The course ensures that you will develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills that are required for employment in the floristry industry.


“I previously worked as an administrator in education, but when I came back from living abroad I took the opportunity to retrain and do something I really love. I’ve always enjoyed arranging flowers informally at home so when my daughter asked me to arrange the flowers for her wedding, it was an extra incentive for getting a formal qualification.”

“I was 53 when I started the course and I was completely out of my comfort zone – it was so different from what I’d done as a job before. I was worried about being the eldest in the class and about learning all the botanical names for the flowers, because my memory is like a sieve!  But there are three of us in our fifties, and others in their forties and thirties, and the tutor has broken down the course into bite sized pieces so it’s not too daunting.  I’ve surprised myself with how much information I’ve been able to retain.”

“My work life has completely changed - I’m not going back to administration!  I’m very busy with my flower arranging business.  I’ve set myself up in the shed and on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day I had a lot of orders and I’ve already got two weddings booked for this year.”

“I’m absolutely loving the course and I can give my customers the confidence that I’ve got some formal training, in fact, I’m going to enrol on to the second year of the course in September.”

Carol Whitehouse - Floristry Level 2

Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course you will need at least two GCSEs Grades A-D one of which must be English, or alternatively a BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies with Functional Skills, supported by good references. If you are a mature student without GCSE results you will need to arrange an interview so that we can assess your current skills level and support needs.

Course content

This course provides a foundation for any potential florists, and incorporates elements of the principal techniques used in floristry, whilst also developing your understanding of both creative and business skills.

During the course you will cover ten of the following units:

  • 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
  • Displaying of floristry goods
  • Introduction to working in the floristry industry
  • Introduction to function decorating using floral displays.

You will have the opportunity to visit floristry events, flower markets and take part in competitions. You will also have the opportunity to develop their skills in commercial work.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed continually as the course. A variety of assessment methods will be used, including presentations, case studies, portfolios and practical assessments.

Further study and career options

Upon completion of this course you could progress on to a Level 2 Diploma, or to employment in the floristry industry.

Additional information

There will be an additional fee of approximately £800 for the materials on this course which must be paid on enrolment (Direct Debit optional). You may be able to claim support towards this cost; please contact the college admin team for more information.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course information & how to book

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LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
33 week(s) 11/09/2017 Mon 9.30 am - 4.45 pm Aged 16-18: Free if not in full-time education / Aged 19+: £679 Shuttleworth College B795 Course in progress

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
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If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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