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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.

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. 

Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day 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 workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

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 

You will be expected to complete work experience in a floristry based industry. If you are under 19, you will need to complete 150 hours work experience throughout the duration of the year and if you are over 19 you will need to complete 80 hours. 

Dates & Location:

September 2019


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

Future Opportunities

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


Indicative Programme Content

  • Unit 201 - Introduction to art and design for florists. This unit enables you to recognise and use the elements and principles of design within all aspects of floral work. You will be able to identify colour relationships and produce working drawings. 
  • Unit 202 - Identify, check and monitor the quality of incoming cut material. This unit covers all aspects of flower and plant identification and conditioning. It will enable you to identify and assess the quality of different types of cut-flowers, foliages and pot plants. You will explore a range of conditioning methods and prepare materials for various commercial uses. In addition you will process delivery notes and price goods for sale. 
  • Unit 203 - Identify and maintain the condition of plants and planted designs. This unit enables you to gain knowledge of the botanical processes affecting growing plants and cut-flowers. You will be able to improve your knowledge of plant care and compatibility and use this knowledge to design and produce a range of planted containers for interior display. 
  • Unit 204 - Plan, prepare and construct tied floristry designs. This unit enables you to demonstrate skill in the construction of a range of hand tied gift and presentation designs. You will also be introduced to different types of gift packaging. 
  • Unit 205 - Plan, prepare and construct funeral designs. This unit enables you to demonstrate skill in the construction of funeral and sympathy designs. It includes the use of manufactured and assembled frames. 
  • Unit 206 - Plan, prepare and construct floral arrangements. This unit enables you to demonstrate skill in the construction of a range of floral arrangements. The unit covers designs in various mediums and bases. You will also be introduced to a variety of gift packages.
  • Unit 207 - Plan, prepare and construct wedding designs with floral materials. This unit enables you to demonstrate skill in the construction of a range of simple wedding designs and accessories. It includes the use of wiring and gluing techniques. 
  • Unit 208 - Display floristry goods. This unit provides you with the skills and the information to plan and construct displays of floristry products and associated goods for sale. You will learn how to work in a safe manner and construct safe displays. You will also use IT to produce labels for stock to aid sales. 
  • Unit 209 - Introduction to working in the floristry industry. This unit is intended to equip you with a basic knowledge of the workings of a retail business. It introduces you to customer case, interpersonal skills required of a florist, basic employment regulations, stock rotation and handling instruments of payment. It also provides information about health and safety and administrative functions.
  • Unit 210 - Introduction to function decorating using floral displays. This unit enables you to demonstrate skill in the design and construction of a range of designs suitable to decorate venues for special occasions and events.

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