Floristry Level 3 Edexcel Diploma Suite (2)

About the course

This course is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of floral design - encompassing practical techniques and technical skills within this creative field. The course provides an introduction to a range of core and specialist units to develop your creative skills.

(NB: All programmes are based on credit accumulation. Each unit of study is worth either 5 or 10 credits towards the total amount needed to achieve the qualification).

The College offers opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of floristry - encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. The course incorporates a mix of practical’s, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.

For learners with 4 GCSE’s including English Language at Grade C, the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma has 6 units (60 Credits) of study and makes up the first year of the Level 3 Diploma qualification, 12 units (120 Credits) for learners that wish to study for 1 or 2 years. Students wishing to do the Level 3 Diploma over 2 years must have 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above including English Language and Maths or Science or another Level 2 qualification at Merit level with a Key Skill at Level 2.

Applicants with at least 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above including English Language, Maths and Science or course specific (which could include Chemistry, Combined Science, Biology, Physics or PE etc) will be able to apply for the Level 3 Extended Diploma studied over 2 years requiring successful completion of 18 or more units (180 Credits).

Students will also receive training and assessment in a large range of additional qualifications, which will enhance their employability.

During the first year students will gain practical experience in the design and construction of assembled commercial floristry designs. This includes a range of designs for gifts, weddings and funerals.

Course modules

Diploma

Practical Conditioning and Use of Flower and Foliage Materials

This module aims to develop you skills in using and conditioning flower and foliage material and how these are applied in practice.

Understanding Floristry Design

This module aims to introduce you to the skills and understanding needed in floristry design and how these can be applied in practice.

Undertaking Floristry Design

This module aims to give you an understanding of floristry display techniques and how these can be applied in practice.

Flowering and Foliage Plants (Structures and Processes)

This module aims to introduce you to the skills and understanding associated with flowering and foliage plants and how these can be applied in practice.

Plan, Assemble and Evaluate Diverse Floral Designs

The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to be responsible for constructing floristry designs with medium. It covers planning, preparing materials, selecting methods and tools for the work, and constructing the floristry designs with medium. The designs and services covered by this module may be standard, adapted or customised.

Plan, Assemble and Evaluate Diverse Sympathy Floristry

The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to take responsibility for planning, assembling and evaluating tied floral designs. The designs will be decorative, form linear and vegetative.

Plan, Assemble and Evaluate Diverse Tied Floristry

The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to take responsibility for planning, assembling and evaluating tied floral designs. The designs will be decorative, form linear and vegetative.

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

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

Plan, Assemble and Evaluate Diverse Floral Wedding Designs

The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to take responsibility for planning, assembling and evaluating tied floral designs. The designs will be decorative, form linear and vegetative.

Plan, Assemble and Evaluate Accessories and Novelty Designs

This module aims to introduce you to the skills and knowledge in needed to plan, assemble and execute accessories and novelty designs and how these can be applied in practice.

Plan, Assemble and Evaluate Diverse Cultural Floristry Designs

This module aims to introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed to plan, assemble and evaluate diverse cultural floristry designs and how these can be applied in practice.

Issues and Legislation in Floristry

This module aims to introduce you to the skills and knowledge in issues and legislation in floristry and how these can be applied in practice.

Principles of Flower and Foliage Material Conditioning and Use

This module aims to develop your understanding of the principles of flower and foliage material conditioning and use and how this is applied in practice.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

These courses give a good technical training and education providing a vocational alternative to A Levels and the opportunity for successful students to progress to Higher Education. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following requirements are needed:

Advanced Level 3 Suite:

¨ Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma - (60 credits in 1 year)

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science.

¨ Level 3 BTEC Diploma - (120 credits in 2 years)

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science.

¨ Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma - (180 credits in 2 years)

An English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science.

In addition Learning Areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments that assist selection.

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

Learning and assessment

Assessments will include assignments, practical displays, presentations and reports. There are no formal examinations on the Level 3 BTEC Diploma.

Progression

As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 BTEC Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression to a Foundation Degree or Full Degree depending on UCAS points gained.

Careers

Employment opportunities in Floristry and its related industries are currently very good. The Subsidiary, Diploma and Extended Diploma in Floristry provide the qualification and experience for entry into the industry at an operational level with future prospects for management. Possible jobs include working in a florist, contract work and demonstrating.

Special requirements

Special Requirements:

1 Specialist Clothing and Equipment: Students must provide their own protective apron, waterproof jacket, suitable footwear and full tool kit. (further details provided on enrolment) A good camera is also required and a range of art materials.

2 Extra Costs: Excursion trips – in the region of £200, depending on the number of excursions undertaken, these may range from trips to local wholesalers, national flowers shows and exhibitions to international excursions e.g. Holland to visit flower markets and shows. Additional flowers and ancillary decorative items may be purchased at the student’s discretion.