City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate

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The City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Floristry is for you if you are looking to start a career within the floristry industry. If you like to interact with others, be creative and are keen to develop practical, technical floristry skills, then this qualification is for you.

You will learn about different flowers and plants and how to look after them. You will also learn that there is more to floristry than flowers and that for florists to be successful, they need to understand their tools, environment and the finishing touches that make a difference.

You will develop an understanding of design principles and the skills needed to apply these to the design and creation of floristry products. You will gain an understanding of how floristry business operate and develop skills needed to interact with customers and identify their needs.

Units covered:

  • Working in the floristry industry

  • Preparing and creating floristry designs in a range of: Hand-tied designs, Floral arrangements, Wired designs, Funeral, Wedding work and Planted arrangements.

  • Customer service

  • Caring for and maintaining floristry products

  • Floristry design principles

  •  Health and safety for land-based industries

  • Working in the floristry industry

You will be provided with a basic tool kit. For your first lesson you will need a small tool box or bag to carry tools home. You will also need an A4 binder folder with dividers, a calculator, note pad and pens/pencils. 

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Industry Work Experience:

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 150 hour industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact

The course is suitable for school leavers or adults interested in a career change. Applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in the subject as well as art and design skills.

Entry Requirements:
  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between Grade 9-3 (previous grade structure A-D)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification and having studied GCSE English and Maths or a portfolio of evidence to show potential of working towards a Level 2 English, Maths and Science at GCSE.
  • You may or may not have any previous knowledge or experience in floristry. 

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered 

The course is run over two days however, students under the age of 19 requiring the need to take maths and English will attend for three days a week. You will get lots of practice and support to enable you to develop the required skills and knowledge in Floristry to prepare you for the learning and end assessment where you will take a theory exam and synoptic assignment.

Dates & Location:

22nd April 2021 - 27th May 2021

Lewes Campus - Plumpton College


6 Weeks



There are material costs for Floristry courses.

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Future Opportunities

To continue onto a City and Guilds level 3 Floristry qualification or the NCFE level 3 Advanced Floral Design course.

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