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Floristry Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This full time Floristry programme can help you gain and develop the skills you need to work as a Florist.  You will learn about flower and plant care, identify and use foliages and flowers, create floral designs for celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and events, as well as produce funeral and tribute floral arrangements.

What will I learn?

This qualification is unit based and you will learn how to:

  • Understand the Principles and Elements of Design for the industry
  • Care and condition a range of fresh flowers and foliages
  • Look into designing with a range of flowering and foliage plants
  • Plan, prepare and design tied arrangements
  • Plan, prepare and design funeral and sympathy designs
  • Plan, prepare and design general gift designs
  • Plan, prepare and design wedding based arrangements
  • Look and understand shop processes and display principles.

What else will I gain?  

As part of this qualification you are required for work within the flower industry for a minimum of 5 days (40 hours).  The College has links with floristry employers and can help to place students into businesses if necessary, alternatively students can look for their own work placements.

Why study this course at The Sheffield College? At Hillsborough College you will learn from staff with a range of floristry qualifications and flower industry backgrounds.  There are excellent practical facilities available for both Floristry and Horticulture courses.

  • Contemporary, purpose built workshops and classrooms
  • Fully automated glass house and several working poly tunnels.
  • Latest industry tools and equipment
  • Several project gardens and outdoor planted areas

Course content

All students are required to purchase a floristry tool kit which includes a T-shirt, apron, floristry scissors, knife and secateurs together with wires, tapes and various items needed to complete the course. The cost of this package is £150.00. Financial support may be available via the College Learner Support Fund to support these course costs.

Entry requirements

No specific prior qualifications, learning or experience are required for candidates undertaking this qualification.  Good practical skills and creativity would be an advantage and you will also need a helpful and pleasant manner when working within the student team and with customers.


This Level 2 floristry qualification is assessed by on-going practical assessments throughout the year and a portfolio assessment, together with one multiple choice, on-line examination covering the design unit.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Successful completion of this course could lead to our Level 3 Floristry full time programme or an apprenticeship programme to further develop your skills in the workplace, or you could go on to work as a junior florist within a floristry business or garden centre.

Further information

How to apply  

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 March 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFFFL1


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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.