Kingston Mauward College - British Florist Association

Kingston Mauward College


Floristry is a creative, innovative and stimulating career and our courses will give you the opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification. It offers an excellent starting point for those who are seeking a career in floristry, both school leavers and the mature student. Covering basic floristry skills, we focus on how to use colour, texture and balance within commercial designs, funeral and wedding work, along with work experience in a retail florist. From creating bouquets to marketing, buying and pricing, these courses provide the skills students need to flourish. Working in conjunction with industry and our onsite teams, students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how to prepare a range of displays.

We have an excellent reputation for students participating in regional and national floristry competitions, and students take part in large floristry projects for the college to learn techniques in event scale work. You will benefit from industry speakers and demonstrations, along with opportunities to attend educational trips to venues such as Covent Garden and the flower auctions in Holland.

Meet the Floristry Team

Tracey Nadin – Course manager for Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 floristry courses

Tracey has been in the floral industry for over 20 years, working in the floristry retail sector and in five star hotels for many years. She enjoys the inspiration she can bring to the students and thrives on their creativity and passion for floristry! 

Mary North –Floristry Instructor for Level 2 and Floristry Technician

A music teacher turned florist, Mary enjoys combining her teaching experience with her passion for working with flowers. Mary established her own family run floristry business in 2016, growing their own British flowers to use in their work and the business took inspiration from her late grandmother Constance who had a flair for all things floral. Mary loves using big and full blooms in her designs as well as experimenting with ideas and different combinations. Working in an eco-friendly and sustainable way is really important and Mary is regularly inspired by the new generation of floristry students at Kingston Maurward!

Linda Carlile – Wedding Florist

After starting a Saturday job in a Wimbledon florist 22 years ago, Linda’s career quickly bloomed, and she has not looked back since. Over the years she has worked and managed a number of shops and thrives in all aspects of floristry but has a keen passion for weddings and events. Linda enjoys sharing her knowledge with the students and providing an invaluable experience while working together.

Full-time courses:

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Level 2 Diploma in Floristry

Course Content 

Units include:
Construct wired and glued designs
Construct designs in a medium
Construct hand tied floristry designs
Health & safety work practices within the industry
Identification and care of cut flowers, foliages and plants
Floristry work placement
Responding to a floristry brief
English and maths for learners without GCSE grades 4/C.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs minimum grade 3/D, including English and maths. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will be considered based on previous experience. You will be required to complete a work placement. Previous floristry experience not required however a flair for colour and an interest in flowers and plants is an advantage. Tetanus protection is recommended.

Next Steps

Level Three floristry qualification

Career Opportunities

Employment with florist shops, employment in hotels, freelance designer, customer service assistant/manager, exhibition designer, florist, horticultural garden centre worker/manager, interior designer.

£25 per week for flowers and trips. (Bursaries may be available to assist with costs).

Level 3 Diploma in Floristry

Study floristry and achieve Level 3 qualification and skills in only one year with the Diploma in Floristry; a chance to further develop your floristry skills by experimenting with textures, flowers and creativity. Develop an awareness of business management, retailing and customer service skills whilst studying large event designs and trends in cut flowers. Experiment with commercial and contemporary materials to develop your skills within a vocational context and carry out work experience with an industry provider. Part time options may be available for mature learners.

We have an excellent reputation for encouraging students to participate in large scale floral events for the college to learn professional techniques in event scale work. Opportunities are given to students to undertake larger event design and learn the skills involved in budgeting and time management of such work. We work closely with many employers within the industry and the British Florist Association to ensure we offer the best possible opportunities for career progression.

Course Content 

Units include:
Understanding floristry design
Plan, assemble and evaluate diverse wedding designs
Understanding commercial Floristry industry
Principles of flowers and foliage
Practical conditioning and use of flowers and foliage materials
Plan, assemble and evaluate diverse sympathy designs
Industry experience.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs minimum grades 9-4 or A*-C, including English and maths. Level 2 floristry qualification. You will be required to complete a work placement. Tetanus protection is recommended.

Next Steps

Level 4 Floristry Diploma

Career Opportunities

Floristry shop employee, floristry business manager, event and corporate designer, freelance floral decoration, exhibition work, wedding florist.

£25 per week flowers and plant material. (Bursaries may be available to assist with costs).Optional European and long distance field trips at extra cost.

Level 4 Diploma in Professional Floristry

This course is designed for florists who are employed within the industry, with a Level 3 or equivalent qualification or relevant industry experience. We aim to develop floristry skills and knowledge together with developing business skills to a management level.

Technical skills are developed which include tied designs, wired, and glued designs, design trends and concepts alongside exploring the historical studies for floristry. Students are involved in floral event practices and research and implement botanical concepts and practices for floristry and marketing and promotion practices for floristry.

Applicants should hold a Level 3 floristry qualification or be able to demonstrate Level 3 standard with suitable access to industrial experience.  

Creative thinking and organisation are key to success on this level of course, together with imagination!

This course is ideal for progression into the management roles of the flower industry and ideally suited for those who wish to own businesses, move into event and planning roles or in the educational sector of the industry.

Short courses:

Introductory Workshops – a Career in Floristry

Join the floral design department for this friendly and relaxed session. The morning will give you a chance to work alongside industry experts and consider the possibilities for your own floral design future.


College Certificate

Course Content

You will be shown the skills and techniques for creating a beautiful hand tied arrangement and given the opportunity to make your own to take home.

Entry Requirements

Minimum age is 16 years

Next Steps

Level 2 Certificate in Floristry

Address: Kingston Maurward, Dorchester DT2 8PY

Phone:  01305 215000


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