The Course

This Foundation Degree in Floristry Design is specifically designed to provide an interdisciplinary programme of study. 

It is focused on the development of student knowledge and understanding of a broad range of floristry skills and techniques supported with essential theoretical underpinning knowledge.

The programme is designed to produce graduates with a firm understanding of essential commercial floristry skills and the ability to develop these skills further, becoming confident with contemporary techniques and a wide range of approaches to floristry design. The modules are designed to enable the students to experience a real life work environment for a ‘learn whilst doing’ approach and allowing the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.

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It will introduce the students to working on live projects this could including floristry competitions, working with a client / client briefs and utilisation of the colleges’ floristry shop, supporting the students to recognise and adjust the specific skills required by employers or to find suitable careers within the industry which demand higher levels of professionalism.

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  • What You Study

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a high quality programme of study in Floristry Design with a professional and vocational focus, developing student skills, knowledge and understanding, and confidence to gain sustainable employment within the floristry industry.
    • Produce students who can adapt to the skills requirements of the industry in the context of the rapid developments taking place in the field of commercial floristry, contemporary design and events.
    • Produce independent-thinking individuals who can communicate confidently and effectively within a professional and commercial context. 
    • Produce capable and well-rounded graduates with appropriate industry knowledge, professional and practical skills who will make a contribution to the labour force.

    Year 1:

    Appropriate instruction / demonstration, support and guidance is given to ensure that students gain a firm grounding in relevant practical skills across a range of skills, techniques and processes including all of the basic knowledge required for professional commercial practice and or personal enterprises. Further to this, it includes further study including wedding design work and an insight into contemporary designs working alongside of a client.

    • Academic Skills Development - 20 credits 
    • Commercial Floristry Techniques - 20 credits 
    • Visual Communication - 20 credits
    • Bridal Design Project - 20 credits 
    • Floristry Practice - 20 credits 
    • Contemporary Design Skills - 20 credits

    Year 2:

    Students will develop some independence and entrepreneurial skills, experimenting, exploring and refining these practical skills to enhance their own best practice and improve areas of weakness. Further to this, studies will include researching into floristry trends and specific European designers, floral compositions incorporating a range of other design disciplines and creating an individual business plan to meet the demands of the current economic environment and the student’s career development. Work-related learning is embedded across both levels 4 and 5 with a focus on the development of employable skills and entrepreneurship. 

    • Floral Composition - 40 credits
    • The Business of Floristry - 20 credits
    • Contemporary Techniques and Materials - 20 credits
    • European Practice - 20 credits
    • Floristry Enterprise and Entrepreneurship - 20 credits
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent 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.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.
  • 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.

  • Work Experience

    The Floristry Practice module in year 1 and Floristry Enterprise and Entrepreneurship module in year 2 allow students to take part in a work placement, freelance work, enter a floristry competition (subject to availability) or develop and undertake a relevant floristry enterprise. 

  • 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 are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

    Teaching will take place at the 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 that may be disadvantaged 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.

  • Progression

    Students who successfully complete this foundation degree are guaranteed a place on the BA Floristry Design (Top Up) programme to gain a full degree.

  • Careers

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

    • Retail Florist
    • Freelance Florist
    • Floristry Business / Venture
    • Wedding Planner
    • Corporate Events Planner
    • Overseas Florist
  • 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

    Floristry essentials including the following:

    • Tool box
    • Floristry scissors and knife
    • Para film, pot tape and floristry glue
    • Secateurs, pliers and tweezers
    • Selection of floristry wires (including decorative wire) and ribbons
    • An apron to protect your clothing
    • Pearl headed pins
    • Glue Gun
    • Flowers: Please expect to pay approximately £250 per year for specific floristry materials


  • How To Apply

    Application for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code W290, and application to the part-time programme is through 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 more about the FdA Floristry Design.

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