Level 2

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The course offers a modular programme with each unit building towards the completion of the Diploma. Alternatively, an Award and Certificate can be gained with fewer credits.

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. The programme consists of 10 units with each consisting of practical and theory content. Written assignments are set for each unit. 21 Practical timed assessments also need to be passed.


Sue Maguire, Sara Greenwood and Laura Beale

Qualifications Gained

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Floristry
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and Maths
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.

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered 

Dates & Location:

September 2018 


1 year

2 or 3 days per week

Looking through the prospectus and seeing the creations encouraged me to waste no time and start my career. What I've really enjoyed at Plumpton is the freedom you gain. There's so much creativity and originality incorporated here.

More than just learning about the designs, you learn how to make them yours and gain enough knowledge to start your career straight away.

Charlie De Lucia

City and Guild Level 2 Diploma


We’re truly fortunate to have the beautiful natural surroundings of our Plumpton estate and the South Downs to give inspiration for all of our courses. You’ll be able to enjoy our extensive grounds and horticulture facilities, all conveniently located for your course.

  • The perfect working location for your studies

Extensive estate grounds and horticulture greenhouses for you to discover at Plumpton, the ideal location for identifying and creating displays from our indoor and outdoor plants.

  • Modern floristry classrooms in a natural environment

You’ll find our classes a great inspiration for your floral creations. Helping you to develop your skills in a modern and comfortable environment.

  • Excellent support from experienced staff

You’ll discover great support from our experienced lecturers. Their focus is on making all of your lectures challenging but enjoyable too! 

  • Grow your knowledge on our course visits

As part of many of our courses, we offer visits to New Covent Garden, local garden centres and wholesalers, plus to the bulb fields of Holland.

Future Opportunities

After completing your course, you can choose to go on to study a Level 3 in Floristry or an advanced apprenticeship.

Alternatively, you may choose to take your NCFE Creative Craft in Advanced Wedding & Specialist Function Flowers.


Indicative Programme Content

  • 40 hours’ work experience - mandatory
  • Identification and processing of cut materials and pot plants (8 credits)
  • Introduction to art and design for florists (6 credits)
  • Introduction to plant processes and planted design (4 credits)
  • Hand tied and presentation designs (6 credits)
  • Funeral and sympathy designs (10 credits)
  • Floral design(10 credits)
  • Basic wedding designs and accessories (12 credits)
  • Display of goods (6 credits)
  • Introduction to working in the industry (8 credits)
  • Introduction to function decorating (6 credits)
  • Multiple choice test
  • Health and Safety additional qualifications (Manual handling, safe working practices)
  • English & Maths

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