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The floristry industry in the UK is thriving, with floral tributes and displays at the heart of family celebration and corporate presentation. A career in the industry will allow you to utilise your artistic skills, designing and creating displays, as well as working in retail and wholesale buying.

Our courses will hone and develop your natural creative flair and teach you how to apply scientific and business practices. They also provide opportunity to study international floral design, interior landscaping, botany, horticulture, and health and safety.

Our specially designed floristry studios are run by skilled tutors who are experts in their field. You will be given opportunities to participate in a variety of local and national competitions including RHS flower shows. Many of our students and former students are award winners, including RHS medal winners and UK WorldSkills champions. The College has vast industry links and offers work experience opportunities with local florists and national organisations.

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Floristry Level 2 Diploma - 2020:21
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 Adult  16-18 


Floristry - Why Choose Us

Why Choose Merrist Wood College?

  • Specially designed floristry studios fully equipped with all course necessities.
  • Expert knowledge from our teaching staff providing an excellent standard of training.
  • Participation in local, regional and national competitions.
  • Multi-award winning students including RHS medal winners and UK World Skills
  • Vast industry links and work experience opportunities with local florists.
  • Trips to places of interest and visits from specialist guest speakers.

Student Success

Floristry student, Elizabeth Newcombe, was awarded a Medallion of Excellence at EuroSkills 2018 in Budapest.

Elizabeth has progressed from the Level 2 Diploma to the Level 5 Masters Diploma in Professional Floristry at the College. She said, “My parents have always encouraged me to be passionate about what I do in my choice of career. So far,I have worked through levels two, three, four and now five of the City and Guilds and have most definitely made the right choice!"

She continued, “My college tutor Laura has also been a great inspiration, she has taught me that attention to detail matters and the ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task and to develop my own unique style.  Without her encouragement and belief I wouldn’t be here.”

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Floristry - Elizabeth Newcombe


Floristry - short courses

Our Short Courses

Are you interested in developing your floristry skills, but can't commit to a full-time or part-time course? Our short courses range from one day workshops to 10 week courses. 

Ideal if you're looking for a new hobby, want to develop your skills, or are looking for a gift for someone special! Our short courses run throughout the year and will teach you how to make decorative floral arrangements for any occasion.

Our short courses include:

  • Springtime Floral Design
  • Summer Weddings
  • Autumn Floral Delights
  • Christmas Creations

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Moving on...

Our floristry qualifications are available from Entry Level to Level 4, allowing you to progress with us. We offer full-time and part-time diplomas, as well as a number of short courses.

Jobs in Floristry

  • Florist
  • Floral Designer
  • Retail Buyer
  • Floristry Teacher
  • Shop Manager
  • Creative Designer
  • Events and Exhibitions Designer
  • Wedding and Special Occasion Florist

Some of our students work...



Student Soundbite

Monet Martin 2018“I completed my work experience at Rays Florists and was offered a job, so I now work there three days a week. My course has taught me everything I need to know, and I’m look forward to moving on to Level 4 next year.”

Monet, Floristry Level 3

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