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Floral Design - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) at Myerscough College

Course description

The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) is a popular optionsfor school leavers and young adults. It combines practical skills with academic theory and classroom study. The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540 is a one-year course broadly equivalent to 1 and 1/2 A Levels.

Course content

On the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540 students learn about the principles and practical aspects of flower conditioning (identifying flowers, preparing and conditioning cut flowers and foliage safely and being able to store and stock rotate them). Additional units help to develop creative skills by planning, assembling and evaluating a comprehensive range of diverse floral designs, sympathy floristry and tied floral designs. This is backed up by units focusing on the understanding and development of design ideas and creativity.

Additional units cover the structure and processes of flowering and foliage plants, issues and legislation within the industry, floral display techniques and the use of photographic techniques in floral art and design. Planning, assembling and evaluating accessories and novelty designs are also included as is a period of work experience in the Floral Design industry.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 3 qualification, students also undertake the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Floral Design and the City & Guilds Level 2 Extended Award in Employability and Personal Development.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) combined with an additional year of study can see students progress on to HIgher Education including Myerscough's Foundation Degree in Professional Floristry and Floral Design.

As well as working in florist shops, some students have progressed to become freelance florists, to open their own shops or work internationally. Other employment areas include corporate events floristry, working for hotels and blue-chip clients, window dressing and visualising, interior design, and lecturing or demonstrating to name just a few.

Further information

The floral design industry now reaches far beyond the traditional confines of high street retailing. Employment opportunities continue to grow in this country and abroad, as the sector diversifies and expands. The industry now employs more than 25,000 people and the fresh cut flower market alone is worth more than £1.5 billion to the UK economy.

Myerscough celebrated its Floral Design Silver Jubilee in 2012, having been at the forefront of floristry teaching for more than 25 years. It is regarded as one of the leading colleges in the country for floristry provision, winning three prestigious awards at the 2012 BFA Industry Awards. We have some of the most advanced design studios in the country, having invested more than £250,000.

Our courses are highly creative, taught by our well qualified and experienced floristry team. They equip students with the range of academic knowledge, design
theory and practical skills required for successful careers in the industry.

Students are actively encouraged to attend and take part in events and competitions during their courses. In recent years students have successfully competed at the RHS Chelsea and RHS Tatton Flower Shows as well as the World Skills competition. As part of the programme there will be several visits which students attend to complement and underpin the development of their knowledge of British and international design.

Students also benefit from the annual Myerscough Weekend of Floral Art and Design, which includes a series of demonstrations and workshop events at College, featuring renowned European master designers such as Hans Haverkamp, Tomas De Bruyne, Max van de Sluis, Marie-Françoise Déprez, Per Benjamin and Pim van dén Akker.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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