Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in


This comprehensive course offers specialist training and advanced techniques such as creative floral design, botany, business skills and design innovation.

You can join study tours and get your designs noticed at prestigious competitions like the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park and WorldSkills UK.

It’s never too late to pursue your dream job. Read how former lawyer Karen found her true vocation as a florist at Reaseheath College!

What will I study?

  • Principles of health and safety
  • Undertake and review work related experience
  • Principles of the creative design process
  • Plant and flower care
  • Tied floral designs
  • Floral designs in a medium
  • Wired floral designs
  • Glued floral designs
  • Business management and marketing in floristry
  • Trends in the floristry industry
  • Event floristry
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Assessment methods

  • Ongoing formative assessment
  • Multiple choice Health & Safety exam
  • Written knowledge exam
  • Synoptic exam

How long will it take?

  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at 4/C or above, or
  • Merit at Level 2 in Floristry, City & Guilds, or
  • Alternative professional qualification in Floristry at Level 2

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Florist/Manager in retail industry
  • Floral designer for external venues and occasions or wedding planner
  • Work in holiday and leisure industries in the UK and abroad
  • Teaching, assessing and demonstrating floristry
  • Self employment

Student Profile
Dave Billington

Current job role: Floristry technician, Reaseheath College

Previous courses: Certificate in Garden Design, Level 3 Diploma in Floristry

“I originally studied garden design and brickwork at Reaseheath and ran my own garden design business. Some clients asked me to suggest decorative plants for indoors as well as outside their home so I decided to study floristry too. I loved the creativity – and I’m now on the college teaching team!

“Floristry is a test of originality, inventiveness and imagination. It’s about pushing boundaries with creations that people may have not seen before as well as creating dreams in magical settings. I enjoy interacting with people and seeing their reactions to floral displays. It’s very rewarding.”