Hadlow College - British Florist Association

Hadlow College

By studying a floristry course at Hadlow College, you can become part of an industry which is associated with life’s sentimental moments and worth approximately £1.5bn a year.

Our floristry courses will give you the opportunity to explore your creative side using practical skills as well as take part in competitions such as RHS Hampton Court and the Chelsea Flower Show.  You will discover how to maximise the life of cut materials and understand the historical significance of many floristry designs.

Ultimately, upon finishing your course at Hadlow College, your career in the floristry sector could involve floral design but may also include wholesale buying and selling, event management and the selling of related products. Our professional floristry programmes take full advantage of the exceptional resources which we have available.  We are Kent’s outstanding land-based college with over 20 years’ experience of teaching floristry as a professional career.

Hadlow College offer a range of full and part time courses, suitable for all abilities, so whether you are taking your first steps towards your dream job, want a change in career direction or to upskill, our floristry courses will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to embark on a career. We are one of only a few colleges with the resources and experiences to offer all levels of floristry offering a clear progression route from level 1 to level 5, achieving Master Florist status by City & Guilds, which are all recognised in the industry.

The College is set in beautiful grounds which provide an ideally sympathetic environment for these high level professional training courses. Offering an outstanding theoretical and practical experience to give you the business skills necessary to work at the highest levels in industry. The professional floristry portfolio of courses on offer at Hadlow are specifically designed to give students the opportunity to study all aspects of commercial floristry, with an emphasis on extending and exploring floral design, whilst at the same time focusing on the commercial viability and profitability of business.Learn from inspiring tutors with extensive experience, who all work in the industry, so are aware of the seasonal trends and fashion, which they incorporate into their expert teaching. We pride ourselves on training people to become commercial florists, with the ability to construct a vast range of designs.

Floristry Studios are found within the real life retail environment of the Broadview Complex, which includes our Garden Centre, awarding winning Tea Rooms and Public Gardens. Also based in Broadview is the College’s award winning professional commercial florist, who can provide students with a wide range of professional and sometimes unusual floristry sundries at competitive prices. Hadlow students can take advantage of an unrivalled selection of resources in the Learning Resources Centre, including both floristry design books and from a wider perspective, art and design books, for student use Students benefit from tutor demonstrations and the chance to work with a wide range of fellow professionals and the networking advantages that this presents. There are also a wide range of IT facilities and support available to students at the College.
 

FLORISTRY COURSES

LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA IN LAND-BASED STUDIES (FLORISTRY) LEVEL 1

Giving you an insight into the skills you need for a successful floristry career, this practically-based course is an ideal starting point for those students who have few formal qualifications. You will learn how to produce designs for gifts, weddings and funerals.

Course Duration: Full Time

College Attendance: 1 year, 3 or 4 days a week.

Campus: Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Safe and effective working practice in land-based industries
  • Develop performance in land-based industries
  • Carry out basic floristry tasks
  • Identify cut flowers, foliage and plants
  • Produce and maintain shop displays
  • Assemble basic floristry designs
  • Industrial experience in land-based industries
  • Functional skills/GCSE – English and Mathematics

Assessment Method:

Short multiple choice examinations, plus a portfolio of evidence will be marked by an external examiner.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area and have two GCSEs at grades D-E or a relevant Entry Level 3 vocational qualification.


LEVEL 2 DIPLOMA IN FLORISTRY

Developing practical design skills and emphasising the fundamental principles of floristry and retailing, this course is an ideal stepping stone to more advanced qualifications. Ideal for budding florists of any age, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary to cope with the day-to-day responsibilities involved in a floristry shop. Within this course you will also benefit from a minimum of five days work experience in a floristry shop. This exposure to real-life situations will enhance your learning and enable you to understand the different situations a florist encounters.

Course Duration: Full Time

College Attendance: 1 year, 3 or 4 days a week plus work experience.

Campus Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Identify, check and monitor the quality of incoming cut materials
  • Identify and maintain the condition of plants and planted designs

Plan, prepare and construct: 

  • tied floristry designs
  • funeral designs
  • floral arrangements
  • wedding designs
  • Display of floristry goods

Introduction to:

  • working in the floristry industry
  • function decorating using floral displays
  • art and design for florists
  • Functional skills/GCSE – English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Each unit will be assessed by a series of practical assessments supported by short written assignments. An externally set multiple choice examination will cover all aspects of the course.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of four GCSEs C-D Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must include GCSE in English OR Maths A*-D Grade or equivalent. Students need to have a willingness to learn and an aptitude for coursework. Although no previous floristry experience is required, students should have a genuine interest and commitment to pursue a career in floristry.


LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN FLORISTRY

Further developing your practical floristry skills, this course covers a range of advanced designs such as bridal and sympathy work. You will learn about the marketing and retail skills needed to be a successful florist and gain an insight into the correct use of corporate image. By the end of the course you should have the necessary tools to start your own business or progress onto one of our higher educational programmes.

Course Duration: Full Time

College Attendance: 1 year, 3 or 4 days a week.

Campus Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • The creative design process for florists
  • Diverse flower and plant care

Plan, assemble and evaluate:

  • diverse tied floristry designs
  • diverse floral designs
  • diverse funeral designs
  • Negotiate and agree terms and conditions for the sale of floristry products and services
  • Function and event decoration using floral displays
  • Working in the floristry industry
  • Functional skills/GCSE – English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Each unit will be assessed by practical work and written assignments.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including 2 in English and Maths) or a full Level 2 qualification at Merit grade or equivalent.


LEVEL 4 HIGHER DIPLOMA IN FLORISTRY

Explore your creative skills and develop your business acumen with this higher education course. Particularly suitable for experienced or part-qualified florists who want to demonstrate their skills and understanding, you will combine your studies with work experience and look at a variety of different designs, including handtied, wired and glued techniques as well as modern trends and historical practices. Further information on this course is available in our undergraduate prospectus.

Course Duration: Part Time

College attendance: 2 years, 1 day a week

Total weeks: 60

Campus: Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Botanical Concepts and Practices for Floristry
  • Historical Studies for Floristry
  • Floral Event Practices
  • Business Practices for Floristry
  • Marketing and Promotion Practices for Floristry
  • Technical Floristry Skills – Tied Designs
  • Technical Floristry Skills – Wired and Glued Designs
  • Technical Floristry Skills – Designs in Mediums
  • Technical Floristry Skills – Design Trends
  • Design Concepts for Floristry

Entry Requirements:

NPTC Level 3 Diploma in Floristry or equivalent, or a minimum of five years relevant industry experience. A minimum of two days per week working in retail floristry is essential as part of the programme.


LEVEL 5 MASTER DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL FLORISTRY

This, the highest floristry qualification available in the UK, is perfect for florists wishing to extend their skills in line with international standards. Stretching you to the highest levels of floral design, design concepts, techniques and personal skills, this course encourages you to create trend-setting and product leading work; enhancing your career potential within areas such as management, business ownership, demonstrating and teaching. Further information on this course is available in our undergraduate prospectus.

Course Duration: Part Time

Course duration: 2 years, 1 day a week

Total weeks: 60

Campus: Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Applied Botanical Concepts and Practices for Floristry
  • International Studies for Floristry
  • Floral Event Management
  • Business Management for Floristry
  • Marketing and Promotion Management for Floristry
  • Professional Floristry Skills – Tied Designs
  • Professional Floristry Skills – Wired and Glued Designs
  • Professional Floristry Skills – Designs in Mediums
  • Professional Floristry Skills – Design Innovations
  • Professional Design Concepts for Floristry

Entry Requirements:

NPTC Level 4 Diploma in Floristry or equivalent. A minimum of two days per week working in retail floristry is essential as part of


CONTACT DETAILS

TEL NO.: 01732 850551 or 0500 551434
EMAIL:    enquiries@hadlow.ac.uk
WEBSITE: www.hadlow.ac.uk

Hadlow College,
Hadlow, Tonbridge,
Kent TN11 0AL

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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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