Fast Track 6 Weeks – Floristry Level 2



Academy Level 2 in Floristry – Intensive career course

Level: Beginner

Duration: 6 weeks

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm




This comprehensive and inspirational fast track Floristry Course will give you all the practical hands-on floristry knowledge to become a florist. Delivered by friendly expert tutors, who share their technical skills and in-depth flower knowledge of Floristry, taking you from absolute beginner to competent, professional florist. Academy’s programme covers foam free:- bouquets, arrangements, wedding work, funeral floristry, principles of design and business essentials.

Plus, we will give you free access to our online course for 2 years, this gives you over 100 demonstrations and additional underpinning knowledge which will aid your learning and give you continuous support after you have completed the course, as well the private student Facebook page of Academy alumni.

All lessons will be held at the Academy’s floristry studio in the charming, rural location of Dunchideock, near Cathedral city of Exeter, and we have up to 8 students per class.

When you pass your exam you will receive a British Academy of Floral Art Master Training Programme Level 2 in Floristry. With this qualification you will receive one years membership to the British Floristry Association, Institute of Professional Florists. The benefit of being a member of your institute is that it identifies you as a professionally trained florist and you can add the following letters after your name on all your stationery and marketing materials MIPF.


  • 168 hours tuition- see below for full details of all the course content
  • All floristry materials – flowers, foliage, sundries (including, flowers for  Heart of Design, Mock and Exam)
  • Academy Level 2 certificate
  • Access to online courses
  • VAT
  • 1 year membership to the Institute of Professional Florists


The Academy Level 2 fast-track course includes all the following units:-

Floristry Hand-tied and gift-wrapping

  • Spiral stems
  • Hostess design and aqua packs
  • Simple posy
  • Vases designs
  • Cone wraps
  • Modern and traditional gift bouquets and branding
  • Tied designs with frames
  • Gift-wrapping Plants
  • Limited designs
  • Tied sheaf
  • Tied pew ends
  • Tied  wedding posies
  • Informal bouquets
  • Tied showers bridal bouquet

Floral wedding and bridal design

  • Buying, conditioning and preparing flowers for the wedding
  • Exploring wiring- wire gauges and tapes
  • Corsages
  • Buttonholes
  • Hand-tied designs
  • Posy Bouquets
  • Limited bouquet
  • Shower Bouquets
  • Semi crescent
  • Headdress

Floral arrangement 

  • Symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical
  • Posy design
  • Parallel
  • Limited Designs
  • Hogarth
  • Planted
  • Textured
  • Impulse designs
  • Top table designs-
  • Pedestals
  • Baskets
  • Technique builder- Swags/garland, Wreath ring

 Floristry funeral arrangements and design 

  • Loose Posy Pad
  • 3ft double-ended
  • Single-ended Spray
  • Based tributes
  • Open wreath
  • Baskets

 Heart of Design

  • Elements of design
  • Principles of design
  • Sketching and planning
  • European and American design
  • Make form linear and planned design

Floristry Business Unit

  • Business planning
  • Targeting prospective customers
  • Costing floral designs
  • Social media for florists
  • Cash flow
  • Branding yourself and your business
  • Marketing yourself and your business
  • Objective setting
  • Other responsibilities – UK legal, accounting, insurance

Mock and Exam

  • 2 hour practical – 3 designs

Plus we will give you free access to our online course for 2 years, this gives you over 15 demonstrations for each unit and additional underpinning knowledge which will aid your learning and give you continuous support after you have completed the course.

In this unit you will receive in class step-by-step tuition, technical instruction and demonstrations, tricks of the trade, with a Master florist who will support and guide you to successfully complete the unit. The designs are inspired by current trends so that they are commercially up to date and leading the field in floral design and foam free.

Once you have completed a unit you will receive a British Academy of Floral Art certificate of completion. With this qualification you will also receive one years membership to the British Floristry Association, Institute of Professional Florists. The benefit of being a member of your institute is that it identifies you as a professionally trained florist and you can add the following letters after your name on all your stationery and marketing materials MIPF.

You will access to our private Facebook student forum for additional support.

Deposits secure your place, and are non-refundable, full payment is due 14 days before the course starts.






Choose Your Dates


Pay a deposit of £500.00 per item

Course Dates

Next Fast Track starts on Monday 12th September


Kate 2022

Excellent! A wonderful experience and I’m sure I will return for more!

I cannot recommend the Academy highly enough! In terms of a course to kickstart a career change (I took the 6 week fast-track for Level 2), this was exactly what I was looking for and more. Not only was the course well structured and organised, it was a perfect learning environment for anybody unsure about going back to school!

All of the tutors and academy directors are incredibly friendly and approachable, with so much experience and wisdom to share. The course taught me “real-world” skills and techniques that will be invaluable moving forward, as well as achieving an accredited Level 2 qualification which is recognised by those in the industry.

Before taking the course, I did a lot of research to see if there were any comparable courses elsewhere, and honestly couldn’t find anything that was as strong as the Academy across all areas. For anybody looking to pursue floristry professionally (or just for fun!) you have found the right place!

Emma 2022

I’ve had the most amazing experience at the Academy in my change of career. Working in food retail for over 12 years I decided to completely change my path. The experience I’ve had and the support from all the tutors has been brilliant. I came to the Academy with absolutely no knowledge of being a florist and completing my level 2 has given me the knowledge and more importantly the confidence that I can now make this my new career! All the tutors are very honest in painting the picture of floristry which is reassuring that I’m not being led into a false understanding of the industry. With the experience they all have, as they work in the floristry business along side working for the Academy, makes the learning very current and so useful hearing first hand experience. I completed my level 2 on a 6 week intensive course and can’t wait to come back to complete level 3 at the Academy!

Victoria 2021

I recently completed the Level 2 Fast Track course at the British Academy of Floral Art. The course was extremely comprehensive and offered all of the foundations for the start of a career in floristry. The tutors were all very knowledgeable and supportive, and I have benefitted hugely from their expertise and years of experience which they are very happy to share. The Academy facilities are excellent, and it is wonderfully situated in the beautiful surroundings of Dunchideock. I would highly recommend the Fast Track course, and the Academy more broadly. The directors and tutors are all excellent florists themselves, and are dedicated and passionate about seeing their students thrive.

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?

When complete:

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.

When qualified

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:-

Level 2

  • 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 this is the first time you have been with us or you are returning to complete another unit, we would like to welcome you to the Academy of Floral Art and hope that you find this an inspirational journey.

Microwave and fridge available.
Studio telephone number:-
01392 834893

Venue 1 – 3 Dunchideock Barton, Nr Exeter,EX2 9UA, Tel No: 01392 834893
See below directions and map – Google Map Link

The easiest way to get to us is from the Plymouth road and when you get to the top of Haldon Hill on the brow of the hill you will see the sign to Dunchideock, turn off and follow the signs. You will go along the ridge of Haldon Hill, pass the Haldon Belvedere Tower and then start going down a hill, when you get out of the tree’s you will see a sign to the left for Dunchideock Barton, and Church, turn left here and head towards the church, when you get to the church you will see a court yard to the right, we are unit 8.

Alternative route from Okehampton Road below.

From M5 you can turn off on the A30 Okehampton Road, then take the first junction signed to Exeter, Alphington/ Ide, at the bottom of the slip road you will get to a big round about, take the first turning to the left signed to Ide, continue to A.

Coming from Okehampton take junction signed to Exeter, Alphington/ Ide, at the bottom of the slip road you will get to a big round about, take the third turning signed to Ide, continue to A.

A=Follow this road until you see sign to Ide village then turn off left and keep on this road for about 7 minutes. Eventually you will start going up a hill and see a thatched house with pillars on the road, just after Lord Haldon Hotel entrance. You will see a big sign to Dunchideock Barton, turn right here and follow road to the Church, our studio is in the court yard to the right of the Church, number 8. There will be parking outside.