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Dates: 19/04/18 - 28/06/18
Days: Thursday 10:00 - 12:00
Sessions: 10
Centre: Wallington - Wallington
Course Code: W40016B03NV
Fees: Standard - £120.00
Concessionary - £120.00

Course Information

What are the overall aims of the course?
You will be introduced to the basic skills and knowledge required to work in the floristry industry. You will also start to produce a basic portfolio of completed work to include photographs of your designs and the tutors work plus sketches and handouts.

You will create designs from a range of plant materials and package, care for, store and transport your designs.

You will gain an insight into costing various designs for retail purposes.


What will I learn on the course?
You will learn how to:

Create designs in foam and hand tied and flat bouquets for different occasions.

Apply the elements and principles of design.

Identify various flowers, foliage, sundries and floral mechanics.

Use various accessories and floral sundries including gift wrapping.

Use wiring and leaf manipulation techniques.

Apply basic Health & Safety in the workplace.

Your tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session.


Are there any entry requirements?
None, this is a basic flower arranging course and all are welcome, no previous experience required. An ability to understand verbal instructions and follow demonstrations is required. In addition, basic numeracy is required for purchasing and business elements of the course.


Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course? NO


How will I be taught?
Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)

Practical class work, following initial tutor demonstration, explanation, instruction and discussion. General class guidance is given by the tutor with some one-to-one guidance where appropriate. Students are also encouraged to undertake basic projects at home.

Handouts and other materials are available from the tutor or online.


How will my progress be checked?
Informal assessment in class                         
Informal practical tests                                                                     
Portfolio of work
Tutor observation

Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, questions and answers and discussion activities. Students are also encouraged to keep a personal portfolio of floral designs made on the course.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?
Purchase your own flowers/foliage for floral projects every week (cost approximately £10 - £15).

In addition, some sundries will be available to purchase from your tutor in class.

What do I need to bring with me to class?
Note book and pen.


Camera and apron (optional)

Container to transport floral designs home safely.


In the first session, we will make a MODERN LINE ARRANGEMENT.

You will need to bring along the following:

£3 to purchase a ‘designer Dish’ available in class.

5 Gerbera or Germini (all the same colour)

3 Aspidistra leaves

Approximately 5 large Ivy leaves

4 Leather Leaf or similar (fern)

A small amount of Pittosporum or Hebe

Information regarding what you will need for the following session will be given at the end of each session.

Any queries related to materials required for the first session, please contact directly.


How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?
Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning.  Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre.  For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College


Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?
Yes.  To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See


What can I do after the course has finished?
Enrol on further flower arranging courses at Sutton College.

Consider enrolling on the Floristry Foundation course or on the Level 2 Certificate in Floristry course or consider work experience in a florist shop. Please discuss options with the tutor.


What should I do if I have any questions?
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