City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma in Floristry (540)

About the course

Why Myerscough:

Myerscough College is investing £20 million in campus developments, to ensure that the facilities and resources available on your chosen course will mirror those used in industry - to help you prepare for the world of work. This also means that your learning experience is made more enjoyable, enriching and fun! We also have exceptional study facilities, including an extensive library, laboratories and fully resourced computer centre for all your assignment work and IT needs.

Our specialist floristry resources include:

· Fully fitted floristry workrooms

· Cold-room storage

· Fresh plant materials

· Photography booths

· Galley space

· Pop up shop

Course modules

Year 1

Principles of Health and Safety

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of health and safety and identify how these can be applied in practice within land-based or related industries.

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land Based Industries

The aim of this unit is to give learners the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and land-based sector.

Principles of the Creative Design Process in Floristry

The aim of this unit is to give the learner the essential underpinning knowledge of three key theories; Principles and Elements of design, Sources of Inspiration and the Design Schema, so that they may demonstrate the ability to investigate, interpret and apply these theories to practical and theoretical designs throughout their floristry career.

Plant and Flower Care

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain an in-depth knowledge of the importance of botany for florists. They will understand key care requirements for intended environmental conditions, in order to maximise shelf life and increase sales. This unit also aims to develop learners’ understanding of plant material; through their classification, their processes and the Code of Practice, which will help to improve work practices.

Tied Floral Designs

This unit enables learners to develop their skills and knowledge, to plan, cost, construct and evaluate tied designs. The learners will explore floristry techniques appropriate to the range of hand tied designs.

Floral Designs in a Medium

This unit will enable learners to develop their skills and knowledge, to plan, cost, construct and evaluate designs in a medium. The learners will explore floristry techniques appropriate to the range of designs in a medium.

Wired Floral Designs

This unit enables learners to develop their skills and knowledge, to plan, sketch, cost, construct and evaluate wired designs.

Glued Floral Designs

This unit enables learners to develop their skills and knowledge, to plan, cost, construct and evaluate glued designs.

Business Management and Marketing in Floristry

The purpose of this unit is for learners to gain an understanding of business types, the management of a floristry business including day to day staff management and financial aspects. Understand different types of marketing and the use of them in the floristry business and recognising the local business environment.

Trends in the Floristry Industry

This unit enables the learners to develop their understanding of the world market for researching and predicting trends. This process and development is generic to a whole range of other industries not only Floristry but also interior design and fashion, amongst others. The Flowers and Plants association is highly regarded as an important resource for other industries, not only floristry, in predicting new trends, colours and styles and how this impacts on our businesses.

Event Floristry

This unit enables the learners to develop their understanding of the world market for researching and predicting trends. This process and development is generic to a whole range of other industries not only Floristry but also interior design and fashion, amongst others. The Flowers and Plants association is highly regarded as an important resource for other industries, not only floristry, in predicting new trends, colours and styles and how this impacts on our businesses.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade A* to C (9 to 4), to include English Language and Mathematics or Science.

or

Level 2 Diploma at Pass / Merit and an English qualification at Level 2 (this must be an English Language GCSE at C or above for under 19s)

Additional Entry Requirements:

Applicants are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and a strong personal statement. You must have an interest in Art and Design and a love for flowers. Good communications skills are paramount, therefore, prior work experience in a retail environment would be an advantage

Learning and assessment

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of internal practical assessment of skills conducted by the teaching team, internal written assignments marked by the teaching team, an externally set synoptic examination that combines the knowledge and practical skills of all of the mandatory units, external exams that combine the knowledge of all mandatory units and a Health and Safety exam. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the course of the year.

Progression

As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 Advanced Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree.

Careers

Employment opportunities in Floristry and its related industries are currently very good.

Opportunities include:

Freelance Florist

Working in a Florist

Contract Work

Demonstrator

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Stationery (presentation files, decorative papers etc.) – approx. £50

Plant materials – flowers and foliage to create some advanced designs – approx. £15 per week

Photography paper – approx. £20

Floristry tool box (to include a range of tools and ancillary items for use with advanced techniques) – approx. £100

Protective apron – approx. £20

Costs that are optional for the course:

Floristry books/ handbooks to support studies

Excursions and study tours e.g. to local wholesalers, exhibitions, demonstrations, Holland tour, Bruges Tour.