Who Are the Academy?
The British Academy of Floral Art is a top UK floristry school and is the place to train if you want to become a successful florist/ floral designer or just have the experience of a creative floral journey. You have the opportunity to follow the success of our past students who have achieved RHS Gold medals, set up their own successful businesses, either freelance or shops, or go on to become floristry teachers, judges or demonstrators.
- We teach over 120 students per year
- We explore modern and current trends as well as traditional methods.
- World class qualified teaching team with experience of over 18 years.
Who recognizes you as a school?
We are a British Floristry Association (BFA) Institute of Professional Florists (IoPF) College member. We have a tutor on the BFA education board. Plus we are a City & Guilds accredited center.
What will I be able to do once I have completed this course?
Flower Arranging- we offer a range of tasters floristry and flower arranging workshops and courses which are designed for you to learn floral skills to decorate the home.
Floristry Level 2 – you will be fledgling Florist, giving opportunity to create everyday designs either as a freelance florist or give you the opportunity to work in a shop. Plus you can move on to our level 3.
Floristry Level 3 -you will be an advance florist capable to making a wide range of floristry orders, have a greater understanding of your individual style and the floral industry and from here you may want to establish your own business. Access to C&G level 4.
Floristry Level 4- City & Guilds you will have the title of Higher Diploma in Floristry (ICSF) which will enhance your design ability and support you in business, manager level in a shop, teacher, demonstrator, judge.
Floristry Level 5- City & Guilds Master Diploma in Professional Floristry (MDPF) highest level achieved, giving national recognition as a top floral designer, teacher, business owner or high level manager.
What will this courses include?
Practical lessons that are supportive and friendly that give you tuition and clear demonstrations of design construction and techniques, covering a full range of current commercial and floral designs.
What happens if I can’t make a lesson?
To successfully complete the course it is important to attend all lessons. If through unexpected circumstances you have to miss a lesson please let your tutor know as soon as possible.
No refund can be given for missed classes; however as a gesture of good will we will endeavour to offer you an alternative date to catch up the missed lesson when the unit is repeated; this is subject to application and availability. It is the students responsibility to organise this date with the Academy.
If the Academy has to cancel a lesson for any reason, we will ensure that you are given an alternative date to catch up the missed class.
What will I learn besides the floral designs?
Flower Arranging- poisonous and irritant plant, care of flowers, using sundries and mechanics
At level 2 – Flower and foliage names, poisonous and irritant plants, costing, customer care, buying, ordering, care of flowers and elements and principle of design.
At level 3- Branding, costing for your business, environmental concepts, applying design skills and inspiration from abroad. Corporate clients and customer care.
At level 4- Business and marketing studies, historical influences, botanical science and event planning.
At level 5 – Running a business including laws and legislation, accountancy, people management, plant science and international studies.
How do the professional floristry your courses work?
We have split the professional floristry courses content into subject units, these can be taken individually or built up to into a full qualification.
To achieve our full qualification you need to complete:-
Level 2 – 3 practical units, the heart of design unit and pass the practical exam unit.
Level 3 – 3 practical units, the heart of design unit (if not taken at level 2) and pass the practical exam unit.
Level 4/5 – 5 practical units and exam unit- 3 years from registration to complete course.
Are your floristry courses flexible?
There is no time restriction on completing the full level 2 and 3 and you pay for and complete one unit at a time. The flexibility of the course helps to support your personal floristry journey and build around your life style and business.
Level 4 and 5 City & Guilds needs to be completed within 3 years of registration.
Is there a lot of written paper work or assessment?
Professional Floristry Qualifications
Our level 2 and 3 practical units have been designed so that there is no written paper work or classroom assessment. To develop your skills and confidence as a florist the units are hands on and practical. To enhance your knowledge we cover theory and costing in the class through discussion and hand-outs. There is an final practical exam if you would like to achieve the full qualification.
Level 4 and 5, City & Guilds there is an equal balance of written and practical work, to achieve each unit you have to pass the set assignment or assessments written by City and Guilds. To achieve the full qualification there is a theory and practical timed exam.
Flower Arranging Classes
Theses recreational classes have no course work or paper work, just pure practical and demonstrations.
What are the classrooms like?
The classrooms provide a creative space for you to relax and enjoy your course. The class sizes are small so you have plenty of one to one with the teacher. Tea/ coffee is provided free of charge. Plenty of free parking at our venues.
(Our recreational flower arranging classes may at some venues have a maximum of 20 per class).
What qualification do I get?
Flower Arranging – These courses are purely recreational and have no formal qualification.
Level 2 and 3 – On the completion of each unit you receive a certificate of attendance. To achieve our full level 2 or 3 you need to complete 3 practical units, the heart of design unit and pass the practical exam unit, then you will receive a British Academy of Floral Art level 2 or level 3 certificate and a studied at the Academy pin for your website.
Level 4 and 5- On completion of a single unit you may request a certificate of attendance. On completion of full units and passing of exam you will receive a City and Guilds Certificate and an Academy of Floral Art Master Training Program level 4 or level 5 certificate and a studied at the Academy pin for your website.
Is this qualification recognized?
Yes, this qualification is recognized by our professional body the British Floristry Association (BFA) and once qualified you can become a member on their Institute of Professional Florists register. The level 2 and 3 is based on national floristry standards so that you can gain employment as a Florist. You can enter UK Worlds Skills and with our certificate, you can carry on studying our Master training program City & Guilds Floristry level 4 & 5 ( which is recognized worldwide).
How long will it take me to qualify?
The fastest you can achieve:-
- Fast track– 6 weeks.
- Weekly – 1 year.
- Weekends 18 months.
- Weeks – 2 to 3 months
To give you flexibility you can do more than one unit at a time, which would reduce the amount of time to complete the course.
Level 3- 1 year
Level 4 and 5 – 24 months
When do your courses starts?
You have a choice of start dates throughout the year, spring, summer and autumn.
What happens when I leave?
As a student you become a member of our Academy family with access to continued support via our private Academy student facebook group, where you can ask any question and have support from tutors and past students. Plus we will send you a newsletter keeping you up to date on Academy events, trips, workshops and courses that may benefit you.
If we’ve not answered your question above please either call us: 01392 834893 or drop us an email from the contact form.