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Foundation Degree (Level 5)

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2 years full-time/3 years part-time

Start Date

September 2024

The course

This foundation degree in Floristry Design is focused on developing your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of floristry skills and techniques, supported with essential theoretical studies.

The programme is designed to help you gain a firm understanding of essential commercial floristry skills and to give you the ability to develop these skills further, becoming confident with contemporary techniques and a wide range of approaches to floristry design. The will experience a real life work environment for a learn whilst doing approach, allowing your development of enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.

PLEASE NOTE: This programme is currently undergoing a refresh with the University of Hull to ensure you get the best experience and opportunity to achieve as an employment-ready graduate. The learning outcomes, modules, the teaching and learning strategy, contact hours and assessment strategies may change. Full details of the newly refreshed programme will be available later in the year and will be communicated to all applicants at the earliest opportunity.

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British Floristry Association

This programme has been accredited by the British Floristry Association (BFA). Bishop Burton has demonstrated the standards of excellence required to be recognised as a recommended training provider and College member of the BFA.

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Course Information

  • Provide a high quality programme of study in floristry design with a professional and vocational focus, developing your skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence to gain sustainable employment within the floristry industry.
  • Enable you to 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.
  • Enhance your independent-thinking, ensuring that you can communicate confidently and effectively within a professional and commercial context.
  • Help you to become a capable and well-rounded graduate with appropriate industry knowledge, professional and practical skills who can make a contribution to the labour force.

Year 1

  • 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

  • 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

You will need:

A minimum of 72 UCAS points OR a relevant BTEC Level 3 and significant industrial experience


GCSE English 4 or above or equivalent and a suitable reference

UCAS points may be from qualifications such as T Levels, 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 qualifications.

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 an applicants first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE English at grade 4/C or equivalent is not held, they will need to evidence their English language proficiency level, such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).

Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the recognition of prior learning approval process.

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 your independent learning outside of the classroom.

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

For each 20 credit module you will receive approximately 54 hours of class/contact time with your tutor. You are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (146 hours per module).

You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week.

The Floristry Practice module in year one and Floristry Enterprise and Entrepreneurship module in year two allow you to take part in a work placement, freelance work, enter a floristry competition (subject to availability) or develop and undertake a relevant floristry enterprise.
The assessment methods used will require you 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. 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 your development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 20 working day timeframe (not including holidays) so that you can most benefit from the feedback.
  • 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 smartphone.
  • 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.
  • Glue gun.
  • On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
Students who successfully complete this foundation degree are guaranteed a place on the BA Floristry Design (Top Up) programme to gain a full degree.
Upon graduating you can progress into a wide range of careers in the industry at a senior level including: Retail Florist Freelance Florist Floristry Business/Venture Wedding Planner Corporate Events Planner Overseas Florist

Validated by University of Hull

We are proud to collaborate with University of Hull on the validation of this course.

This includes transforming our programmes to ensure that we meet the evolving needs of the sector, giving you the best opportunities for success when you graduate by having a competence-based focus. Find out more about competence-based higher education.

View the policies and procedures you would be agreeing to comply with by registering for this programme. This encompasses University of Hull Quality and Standards, including a Guide for Collaborative Provision students.

Financial Information

Find the full details of the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available.

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