City & Guilds Masters Theory Unit



Theory Modules are held ten days over five months, plus we have catch up calls arranged as a when needed on a Monday:

Dates: Nov 29th/30th 2021, Jan 24th/25th, Feb 21st/22nd, March 14th/15th, Apr 25th/26th 2022

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Days:  Monday and Tuesday

Venue:This unit is virtual via Zoom lesson with Tina Parkes

Theory Module and Assessment – City & Guilds Level 4

The Theory Module is all about the theoretical knowledge that will assist you in your floristry business or career. It will also prepare you for the City & Guilds Level 4 qualification. It takes all the skills you have learnt from the practical modules and adds the theoretical knowledge to broaden and deepen your understanding enabling you to complete the City & Guilds Higher Diploma in Floristry Level 4.

This module includes a mock practical and theory exam. We will support you in compiling and presenting your final portfolio, assignments and help you prepare for the City & Guilds exam. The final exams are held twice a year in January or July. The theory exam is usual held at the British Academy of Floral Art and the Practical exam can be held at any City & Guilds registered centre and depends on numbers. Please note that this may be held at another college.

Assessment: This unit requires you to complete and pass 9 assignments including a portfolio of your own work and the mock exams. You will be also required to answer practice questions and complete speed tasks to improve you speed and recall.

This module is run virtually and requires full attendance of 65 hours. There will also be group tutorials available during the module of up to 7 hours. In addition, you will need to allocate around 80 hours of self-study time to complete assignments, portfolio and research.

£1,267.50  (inc VAT)        Theory module

£150    (inc VAT)              Registration fee for City & Guilds, valid for three years.

Total £1417.50 (inc VAT)  Payable in full or two installments of £708.75-Nov 2021 and Jan 2022

To book this part-time course you must have completed and passed level 3 or have over 5 years Floristry work experience.


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Pay a deposit of £708.75 per item

How’s it structured?

We have designed the Academy Masters Level 4 training programme to accommodate your personal lifestyle and learning objectives. The course is broken down into 5 distinct practical, hands-on modules, which will each develop your expertise in a particular area. You pay for each module individually and you can study in week-long or 2-day (Monday & Tuesday) blocks. And you can choose the pace of your studies to suit you:

Option 1One module at a time: ease your way into the Academy Masters Level 4 programme and stretch and challenge yourself by picking individual modules for CPD purposes as time and funds allow. You will receive a certificate on completion of each individual module and do not have to commit to the full Academy Level 4 qualification at the outset. But you’re sure to end up wanting more!

  £682.50 per practical module (£568.75,plus VAT).

Option 2: The full Academy Masters Level 4: you can commit from the very start to take all 5 practical, hands-on modules to achieve the full Academy Masters Level 4 qualification. There is no theory and no final examination.

       £682.50 per practical module (£568.75,plus VAT) x 5 modules Total  = £3412.50 (inc VAT)

Option 3: City & Guilds Level 4: if you are interested in exploring the theory of floral design in greater detail, you can add the separate Level 4 Theory module and the City & Guilds examination to the Academy Masters Level 4 modules to qualify in the City & Guilds Level 4 Higher Diploma. You will have up to three years in which to complete the 5 practical modules, the theory module and sit the exam.

£682.50 per practical module (£568.75,plus VAT) x 5 modules  = £3412.50 (inc VAT)

£1,267.50 Theory module (£1056.25, plus VAT). One modules to complete for

£150 (£125.00, plus VAT) Registration fee for City & Guilds examination body Your registration is valid for three years.

TOTAL £4830 for the complete Academy Masters Training Program with the City & Guilds Level 4 course and exam (included: VAT, 5 Practical Units, Theory Unit and Exam).The total number of guided learning hours (GLH) for the full City & Guilds level  4 is 287 hrs. It is part-time and takes 24 months to complete.

Each Unit is paid individually or you do have the option to pay for Option 2 and 3 in full on request.

Place a deposit of £150 to secure your place and full payment is due 14 days before the start of each module.

All prices include VAT at 20%

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.


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