The Course

The BA Floristry Design Top Up is designed for those students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Floristry or an appropriate level 5 qualification in floristry and who wish to ‘top up’ to gain an honors degree award.

The programme provides the student with a balanced approach to design theory, research, practical application, analysis and evaluation in floristry, to further enhance students’ employability and career development in the field of Floristry.

The programme will introduce relevant live projects, commercial and client-focused activity through a Final Exhibition of students work and a design installation. These will encourage the student to explore and experiment into developing design techniques and materials outside the context in which first studied, proposing new and exciting ways to approach floristry design.

It is intended that this approach will allow students to follow their own creative direction whilst under the supervision of dedicated specialist tutors. The content is specifically intended to meet the exacting and demanding requirements of the floristry event industry and to deliver the highest levels of design innovation and enterprise demanded.  

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  • What You Study

    The programme aims to: 

    • Provide students with a curriculum that encourages experimentation of creative skills within floristry design, whilst finely tuning professional skills to enable the students to effectively plan and gain sustainable employment.
    • Produce graduates with an entrepreneurial mind-set and skills to generate original ideas in response to identified needs and shortfalls within the floristry industry, with the ability to act upon this in personal development planning.
    • Produce capable and well-rounded independent graduates with higher-level practical skills that can contribute to the wider economy and developments taking place, particularly in relation to the Floristry Industry.
    • Provide a flexible learning environment that enables students to shift from an abstracted study to developing knowledge and skills that can help them adapt to changing and future environments.


    • Creative Research Project - 40 credits
    • Portfolio Development - 20 credits
    • Final Exhibition - 40 credits
    • Floristry Design Installation - 20 credits
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification.
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
    • If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
  • Contact Time

    For each 20 credit module students will receive approximately 54 hours of class/contact time with the tutor. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (146 hours per module). Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures will deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students will have practical demonstration sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

    Study at this level demonstrates increasing sophistication of design thinking and critical analysis within the design process. There is an expectation for considerable self–direction and independence particularly within the Creative Research Project and Final Exhibition.

    Teaching will take place at our Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire, UK.

  • How You're Assessed

    The assessment methods used will require the student to use a range of approaches demonstrating knowledge and skills across a range of contexts. By adopting a wider range of assessment methods, it will promote a more inclusive approach with consideration to individual learning styles, which can also help support some students who may be at a disadvantage by the extensive use of a particular assessment method.

    Assessment includes written assignments, presentations, practical work, online portfolio and coursework. There are no formal examinations.

    Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement.

    Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

  • Careers

    Upon graduating students can progress into a wide range of careers in the industry at a senior level or working in retail floristry including some of the below:

    • Freelance Florist
    • Floristry Business / Venture
    • Teaching Opportunities
    • Private Flower School
    • Wedding Planner
    • Corporate Events Planner
    • Overseas Florist
    • Floristry Judge (upon completion of further qualifications)
    • British Flower Grower
    • Flower / Foliage Wholesaler
    • Retail Florist Manager 
  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course you will need:

    • A tablet, laptop and/or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
    • Stationery including sketch books and a range of drawing pens and pencils.
    • Digital camera or smart phone
    • Flowers: Please expect to pay approximately £250 per year for specific floristry materials
  • How To Apply

    Application is through UCAS, using code WD24.

    If you are currently studying for a degree at Bishop Burton and wish to 'top up' with this course, please apply via our online application form.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

  • Download Course Guide

    Download our programme guide to find out more about our BA Floristry Design (Top Up).

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