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Floristry Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme will ensure that you will develop the foundation skills and vocational knowledge needed for employment in the floristry sector. It 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. The study programme is designed to provide a foundation to help you progress onto higher level courses at university, or to find work in the floristry industry.


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 Florists 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 A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Floristry Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • The creative design process for florists
    • Diverse flower and plant care
    • Planning, assembling and evaluating diverse tied floristry designs
    • Planning, assembling and evaluating diverse floral designs for weddings
    • Planning, assembling and evaluating diverse floral designs
    • Planning, assembling and evaluating diverse funeral designs
    • Working in the floristry industry
    • Negotiating and agreeing terms and conditions for the sale of floristry products and services
    • Function and event decoration using floral displays
  • 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
  • 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 also require you to complete an online, externally set test.


Floristry NPTC Level 3 Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

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 -

Note: to take part in this course you will be required to pay an additional fee of £45 for required clothing, £1,000 for course materials and £120 for any trips/visits. You may be able to claim support towards this cost.

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 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Shuttleworth College B535

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Additional Learning Support
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.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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