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Level 2 Florist Standard

About the course

A florist may work in one of several sectors, in a shop environment, within an event company or creating designs for a variety of retail organisations or outlets. As such, they need to have business acumen and excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with customers and colleagues. Excellent levels of customer care and sales skills are crucial as florists are often commissioned for important events such as weddings, funerals etc. A florist must have perception and be able to offer appropriate expert advice to the client whilst interpreting the vision for the finished project. Whilst showing empathy and care towards bereaved customers a florist must be able to obtain the relevant information from customers and translate this into an appropriate design suitable for the customer’s needs. They must be able to record and store information accurately in the correct manner in line with current legislation.


Flowers and other botanical materials are delicate, easily damaged or spoilt and have a limited storage life. The florist will need to know where the materials are sourced from, purchasing techniques, storage and the control of fresh stock creating accurate rotation on a day-to-day basis. They need to apply an extensive knowledge of botanical names, understand how to care for and condition these floral materials and plants, taking into account irritant or poisonous materials, the variety of stem structures and show appropriate cutting, watering and feeding methods. They will need to work in a way that minimises damage to the environment and maintains health and safety that is consistent with relevant organisation procedures and codes of practice. The florist will use their expertise and knowledge of flowers, plants, botanical materials and accessories to produce floral designs. The design of floral work, whether it is a small bouquet or a large installation for a major event, requires the florist to be innovative and creative. The florist needs to apply the rules and theory of composition, techniques and the elements and principles of floral design in their work. The florist will need to understand the need to organise and be responsible for prioritising their own workload using good time management. There is a wide scope of practice in the floristry industry. Some florists will work within retail outlets and prepare bouquets and arrangements for sale and must therefore be keenly aware of their market. Some may work independently as studio floral designers working within the wedding industry. Others, may be commissioned to provide floral designs for high profile events that require interpreting design specifications and working effectively with a large team in high pressure situations Whilst working within a shop or other environments, florists must have, follow and be aware of current safe working practises and legislation relevant to the floral/retail industry and have respect and an understanding, duty and responsibility to equality and diversity within the workplace and the wider environment.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

A potential Level 2 apprentice: 

Must be aged 16 or over & have officially left school. 

Must be employed (NOT self-employed) in the relevant occupational sector, working a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

An individual can only undertake an apprenticeship at the same or lower level than a qualification they already hold, if this allows the individual to acquire substantive new skills and the content of the training is materially different from any prior training or a previous apprenticeship. 

Must have the right to work in England & spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship. 

Must be a citizen of a country with in the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right of abode in the UK AND have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous 3 years on the first day of learning. 

All Apprenticeships require Initial assessment, vocational skills scan, an interview and employment in the industry.

Typically, an applicant will have attained a minimum of 4 GCSE grades D/E or 2/3 including both
Maths and English. Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.
Exceptional entries will be considered for all Apprenticeships at the discretion of the college based on experience, successful interview and outcomes of Initial and Diagnostic assessments for English and Maths
to establish current levels of ability

Learning and assessment

Theory work & learning materials delivered online with photographic, video & audio evidence being collected through the Onefile E-Portfolio platform, supported by off site technical training at Myerscough College on a block release basis.

The qualification is made up of a number of mandatory units designed to have maximum relevance to the job & integrate with day to day responsibilities.

An employer must allow an apprentice 20% of their working week to undertake work required to complete their apprenticeship (this is a legal requirement) & will include any block release college attendance required.

There will be an end point assessment, conducted by an independent assessor.

At a point where employer, tutor and apprentice feel is appropriate, apprentices will undertake an end point assessment, which is carried out by a separate approved organisation, independent from Myerscough College. The end point assessment will contain 3 components:

>Multiple Choice test

>Practical Assessment with Questioning

>Professional Discussion

There will be 3 levels of achievement: Pass, Merit and Distinction

In the unlikely event of an apprentice needing to resit an End Point Assessment (or elements of the End Point Assessment), then the employer will be responsible for funding these additional costs.


Apprentices successfully completing the Level 2 Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto Level 3 apprenticeship programmes or full time employment.


Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of this Apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include a full time Floral Design position or progression towards self-employment.

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