Floristry

Our courses have a strong vocational emphasis, providing commercial awareness and practical competence for a range of careers.

You’ll be learning about the practical and technical skills required to be successful within the industry. The course will allow you to gain knowledge of plants, the environment, tools and finishing touches along with design principles and the skills required to turn designs into reality. Business and management skills are also a key component to the course.

WHY CHOOSE BCA?

BCA has excellent resources and an experienced and professional team of staff. We offer taster days for students wishing to try out our courses. We are keen for our students to enter competitions including Chelsea Young Florist of the year and World Skills.

BCA is recognised as the foremost centre for floristry training in the Thames Valley region.

We are proud members of the British Florist Association

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Available Courses

  • Level 1 Diploma in Floristry

    About the course

    This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in making a career out of floristry. The Level 1 provides the opportunity to work with flowers and other plant material to obtain a vocational qualification by means of full-time study.

    Students will gain sound knowledge and a skills base which will allow progression to further learning and qualifications, or employment opportunities such as a junior or trainee florist.

    Progression

    Progression on to the Level 2 Diploma depending on progress at Level 1 and tutor references.

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements. Students must demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment for their chosen study programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Floristry

    About the course

    This full-time course is aimed at people who want to start a career in floristry. It is particularly suitable if you are creative, practical and enjoy working with others.

    You will learn about: the design and construction of arrangements, tools, interacting with customers and an insight into the floristry business. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice new skills in making floral arrangements.

    Learning will be through a combination of lectures and practical sessions, including work experience in the floristry industry. Previous knowledge or experience is not necessary.

    This course also builds on the Level 1 Diploma in Floristry to enhance your basic knowledge and practical skills, enabling you to become a practicing Florist.

    Progression

    You will be well placed to find a job in the industry that requires ‘hands-on’ practical skills.

    Progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma or Work-based Diploma, depending on grades achieved. These further qualifications could give you the skills and knowledge you need to run your own flower shop.

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above to include English and maths.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Floristry

    About the course

    This professional qualification enables you to develop your practical design skills and provides the necessary opportunity to progress in all areas of floristry.

    This qualification supports the development of specialist technical and practical skills and is aimed at people that want to become professional florists.

    You will learn about creative floral design techniques, how to produce a wide range of designs, production of floral designs for events including weddings and funerals, innovation in floristry, botany and business skills.

    There will be plenty of opportunities to practice new skills in making creative floral arrangements.

    Learning will be through a combination of lectures and practical sessions, including work experience in the floristry industry.

    Progression

    You will be well placed to find a job in the floristry industry which requires ‘hands-on’ practical skills. Progress to the Level 4 Higher Diploma, depending on grades achieved.

    Find out more about our Level 4 qualification here.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, to include English, maths and science.

    Course Duration

    One Year