Career Change Course

Career Change Course

Suitable for all levels

This course (run over ten sessions) will allow frustrated florists to fulfill their floral dreams! 

Autumn 2020 dates are : 9th/10th/11th/17th SEPTEMBER 1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th OCTOBER 5th November

  • Each session we will cover a different aspect of floral design, looking at the theory behind the designs and then creating them to take home. 
  • The emphasis will be on covering a wide variety of designs that any working florist would be expected to know.
  • There is a whole session dedicated to the business of floristry will have all the know how to start your own business after the course. 
  • There is ongoing mentoring and support once you finish too.
  • The course is structured to allow the greatest opportunity for practice and study in between sessions
  • We generally start with three intensive days together and then change to once every week or two for seven further sessions 
  • A 'Secret' What's App group is set up for each course so there is ample opportunity for contact with each other and the tutor between sessions. This remains open after the course finishes.
  • The Sussex Flower School Forum (Facebook group -feel free to join now!) is available for work experience and job opportunities
  • We are working towards being as Eco aware as possible but still use foam (bio) if possible to teach key designs. Eco alternatives will be discussed (or used) for every design you learn so you will have a good working knowledge that can be topped up with the 'Going Green' or 'Sustainable Floristry' courses.

  • Please look at the 'Dates' section of the website for dates of each session (also see above list)
  • Georgia is helped by Christine of 'Blooming Awesome' who works as a wedding florist and did the Career Change course herself many years ago. You will probably meet lots of other alumni too as the course starts...
  • The course includes an accompanied trip to Covent Garden Flower Market (travel costs etc at own expense)
  • On completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Completion (valid for CPD), a new career and friends for life!


The course includes all material and refreshments. 

Please bring your own lunch or you can pop to the cafe on site.

You also receive a toolbox with scissors, knife, rose stripper etc to get you started....

You take all your designs home with you. 

We are happy to accept payments of £500 to secure your place. These are non refundable, however, if you need to change dates you can transfer the payment to the next Career Course or an alternative course.

If you would like to chat to any of the past students do just let us know and we will put you in touch...feel free to join The Sussex Flower School Forum (Facebook group) too to see what everyone is up to and see how many job opportunities we can offer...

We are happy to teach the course One to One on dates to suit you (1-1 rates apply)


-On completion of the course you will become eligible for lifetime, FREE access to Flower Therapy sessions. You will still need to book online but use the offer code FTCC and you will pay nothing.

-You will also EACH receive an hours' mentoring with Georgia after the course finishes (to be taken with 12 months of your finish date) to help you plan your next steps or go over anything you need to. 

*Practical Designs

Session One-Three 

  • Sourcing and Conditioning materials and establishing a toolbox
  • Books, websites and information sources
  • Dealing with wholesalers
  • Working with floral foam
  • Table Arrangements -considerations/transport/containers etc
  • Introduction to the first three of the 'must know' shapes
  •  *Low circular, wreath arrangement -circle
  • *Tall stand as a high arrangement - sphere
  • *Top Table design -asymmetrical/double sided
  • Transferance of techniques to other designs
  • Your business plan (don't be scared!)...
  • SWOT analysis, GANT charts etc
  • The Business of floristry- set up/accountants etc
  • Business registration, branding, website etc
  • Social Media -how to use to your advantage
  • Creation of a Mood Board -your vision

Session Four 

  • Flowers for the Home - Retail designs -how to price for retail (versus event)
  • Taking card payments etc -options
  • Reducing waste etc
  • Health and Safety requirements/insurance etc -risk assessments, COSHH, ROSPA etc
  • Labelling legally etc
  • Wrapping techniques -Trad., 'Chelsea' and counter wrap
  • *Spiralled Hand Tied and Aqua Packed Bouquet, wrapping techniques cont.

Session Five 

  • Funerals -How to take a funeral order -considerations
  • Funeral designs -discussion 
  • The 'Cross' shape
  • *Small single ended coffin spray
  • *Based posy pad with ribboned edging

Session Six 

  • Wedding consultations
  • Wedding/Event pricing
  • Terms and Conditions
  • The enquiry process
  • Presentation of designs
  • Hiring kit to brides
  • Wedding Fairs/promotion etc
  • *Hand Tied wedding bouquet with ribboned handle , 
  • Discussion of 'egg' to deal with wild and free designs...

Session Seven 

  • Corporate design- the ins and outs
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • * Urn arrangement - chicken wire as a medium 
  • Sustainable Floral Design -discussion

Session Eight 

  • Wiring Week -all the techniques
  • *Buttonholes and corsages
  • *Flower Crowns
  • *Wired bouquet

Session Nine

  • Working on site -legalities and logistics
  • Working as a freelancer (dictated flower choice)
  • Large scale designs
  • Transportation/Logistics etc
  • * Large Pedestal (bring your big car!)

Session Ten

  • *Bridal Shower Bouquet in a foam holder 
  • Consolidation of learning 'Test' -written, marked in class (not pass or fail!) 
  • Where from here -options
  • Flower Therapy ad mentoring invitations! How to stay in the loop...

"How do we adequately thank you for everything you have taught us: flowers and more. The best course I have ever done!" Lisa, Lion and Castle

"The course was filled with love, laughter, support and genuine encouragement. Not just from Georgia but from Christine who was assisting Georgia and all the other girls on the course. Each week we would learn different sections of floristry as well as be able to practice and each week one or a few of the girls would have woes and worries about their new business ventures and we'd all listen and support each other, giving advice and brain storming to try and sort any problem out"  Jenna, Ivy Florence

"Just a wee note to say a HUGE thank you for such a wonderful couple of months on the Career Change Course. I have loved every minute of it and will miss my weekly dose of the TSFS medicine! You are a fantastic teacher and mentor and you offer such a unique and nourishing learning environment." Emma, The Flower Hand 

'Such a wonderful course, Iíve absolutely loved it! Each of the sessions were so well planned; the perfect mix of information, practical work and cake! 

It really is a career changer, I feel like I have everything I need to get started as a florist now and very supported, I know there is a whole network of support from the others on the course as well as Georgia, Christine and the forum which is very reassuring.

Would 100% recommend, Iíve already earmarked a whole list of further courses I want to do at The Sussex Flower School! " Laura, Spark and Bloom

"I have just completed the course for a career change with the most wonderful Georgia. This has been the best experience of my life and not only inspirational but truly motivating, encouraging and enlightening. Anyone that is looking for a new direction and a future full of promise need look no further. During this time I have had the pleasure of meeting the most fantastic and amazing like- minded people that have also provided support every step of the way. Also, with the wonderful Christine lending a helping hand, yet alone creating lovely lunches, we couldnít have asked for more. I wish I could spend every day learning more about creativity with flowers, with Georgia, but sadly itís time to fly the nest! "Maranda