On-line Christmas floristry course to raise money for wildlife



This Christmas the Academy has decided to help raise money to save England’s most threatened species from extinction and so we have launched four festive films. Each film will share with you how to professionally decorate your Christmas tree, make a floral table arrangement, craft a floral napkin ring, and dress your Christmas table for the big day. Donate a minimum of just £20 and all profits (97%) will go direct to this very worthy cause and help save our treasured wildlife.

Back from the Brink is one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken.

In association with RSPB and other charities, this special project, backed by a grant of £4.6m from The National Lottery, is helping to save 20 species from extinction and benefit 200 more through 19 projects focused on endangered and decreasing population of wildlife and their habitats, including animal, plant, and fungi across England from the tip of Cornwall to Northumberland. It simply is the gift that keeps on giving and your kind donation will help preserve our precious wildlife and their environment for future generations as well as give you great floral tips.

Step-by-step tutorials by Master Florists Julie Collins and Tina Parkes

  • Available as on-line downloads, Level 1 tutorials normally cost £95, so make sure you don’t miss out on this special offer only available through our website from November 24th – Christmas Eve.

Film One– Dressing your Christmas tree by Tina. Every year we get asked to dress Christmas Trees in private houses and Hotels and this year we share our top tips so you can bring a professional touch to your home.  We explain the importance of pattern, depth, and rhythm.

Film Two – Laying your festive table to impress. In floristry we learn how to use elements and principles of design and Julie applies this knowledge to laying a table, looking at lines, layering and the focals.

Film Three– Christmas table design. No table is complete without a beautiful table centerpiece, so join Tina as she shares lots of tips from soaking oasis foam and securing candles and follow her as she gives you a full demonstration.

Film Four.– Floral napkin rings, this is a perfect opportunity to have fun making quick and easy floral napkin ring holders to impress your family, and also a lovely opportunity to get children involved. Julie shows you how to make this impressive finish to your table.

What could you donation help buy? Click here for full lis

£20 will pay for 5 more Barberry plants to be planted as food plants for the Barberry Carpet moth

£40 can buy an Audio moth static bat detector to help survey and monitor bat species within project woodlands

£65 could buy a camera trap to help us catch video footage of Pine Martens

£80 can pay for 1000m2 of ride-side vegetation to be mulched to enable future mowing of these areas & maintain them as open spaces.

£280 buys a tree popper to help restore habitat for the Field Cricket

£3,000 could pay for the regeneration of a hectare of land (10,000 square meters) to provide suitable habitat for threatened butterflies and moths.

£10,000 could pay for management on 10km of woodland rides, keeping them open and sunny so that butterflies and moths can thrive.


*Just a small amount will be deducted to cover the card organization transaction costs, e.g.for every £20 we collect £19.40 will go to Back from the Brink.


“Hi Julie and Tina, Thank you very much for the Christmas floral films. They were lovely and gave me lots of ideas on designs” Jane Butler

“Hi Julie, Such a good charity to support, I enjoyed the films very much.” Dilys Godfrey

“Lovely Saturday afternoon viewing, really loved the arrangement & napkin rings – feel much more Christmasy now! x Julie Avery



Designs as seen in Devon Life, December 2020

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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.

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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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