Easton & Otley College - British Florist Association

Easton & Otley College

At Easton and Otley College you can discover the floral delights of their cutting garden and floristry rooms. They’ll help you develop your plant knowledge and design skills. Preparing you for the hard work of caring for flowers – and, more importantly, customers.

Easton & Otley College encourage the entrepreneurial ambitions of students. They find floristry courses in particular seem to be popular with people who want to start their own business.

Recent success stories from the college include: Katherine Hadingham who now runs Fig & Roses in Harleston, Anna Pickford who owns Ragged Robin Florist in Wymondham, and Nathalie Marshall who runs Flowers at the Forge in Horstead. If you share their dream of running your own flower shop – or want to specialise in some other aspect of the fast growing floristry sector, look at the courses.

These cover much more than just flower arranging, although that is certainly one aspect. You’ll be encouraged to develop both your creative and your management skills, including choosing and caring for stock.

Whether creating displays for weddings or funerals, you will need to build a rapport with your customers. You will help them choose the colours, shapes and textures of the plants for their event. You will also need to ensure all the flowers arrive on time, and are cut and cared for so they last.

Learning at Easton & Otley is a particular pleasure if you love plants and flowers. We have beautiful grounds with formal gardens and a dedicated cutting garden (maintained by our Horticultural students). You will also use our fully equipped, purpose built cutting room to prepare your designs.

However, we know many people need a more flexible approach to learning. That’s why we offer a range of short courses. They also offer workshops with seasonal themes; the ones specialising in creating stunning arrangements for weddings are particularly popular.

Please see our website for more details on how to turn your passion for flowers into a real talent, contact details below



Course Code: E10570 / O10570

Start Date: 5/9/18

Duration: 1 year, 3 days per week

Campus: Easton & Otley

Floristry is much more than just flower arranging. This course is aimed at those with a keen interest in the floristry industry and who are seeking employment in this area. This is a one year full-time course that can be studied at either campus. Provides learners with a broad range of floristry skills and knowledge to enable them to work in the industry or progress to Level 3 course.

Learners studying Level 2 Technical Certificate in Floristry will learn theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks.


  • Working in the floristry industry
  • Preparing to create floristry designs
  • Creating floristry designs (Wedding and Funeral designs, Hand tied, gift packaging and arrangements)
  • Designs in foam, moss and wired designs
  • Customer service
  • Caring for and maintaining floristry products (Plant Care, and cut flowers)
  • Floristry design principles
  • Health and safety
  • Work experience (150 hours)

Entry Requirements: 

4 x GCSE at grades D-F / 1-3, including Grade D / 3 in English and Maths.



Course Code: E10761

Start Date: 3/9/18

Duration: 1 year, 3 days per week

Campus: Easton


  • Weddings and Funerals
  • Tied and gift wrapped designs
  • European and multicultural designs
  • Display techniques
  • Interior and exterior design
  • Health & Safety
  • Plant Care
  • Flower Care
  • Trends
  • Working in the floristry industry experience

Entry Requirements:

4 GCSEs at Grades A-C (English & Maths Grade c or above) and Diploma Level 2 (Merit/ Distinction overall).


  • Employment
  • Foundation degree
  • Other Higher Education
  • Self employed
  • Cruise ship florist
  • Event florist
  • Free lance


Telephone number: 

Reception 01603 731 200
Course Enquiries 08000 224556

Email address: info@eastonotley.ac.uk

Website: www.eastonotley.ac.uk

Easton Campus Easton, 
Norfolk, NR9 5DX

Sat Nav Users NR9 5GA

Please note that the information provided was accurate at the date of publication. However, courses are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change, please see the college website for the latest information.

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