The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers partners with The University of Greenwich for floral design course accreditation

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  • (1888PressRelease) July 29, 2011 - The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers has become the first and only floral design school to be university accredited in the UK, giving students credit points towards a university degree and a cost effective alternative to studying at university.

    The announcement comes as The Academy, which opened its doors as a private education provider in central London in November 2010, becomes only the second floral design school to gain British Accreditation Council (BAC) accreditation.

    The University of Greenwich has accredited the Academy through its Centre for Work-based Learning (CWBL). The CWBL is dedicated to supporting practitioners that are committed to managing, and developing their professional practice. The Academy will offer three accredited courses from October and is accredited until 2014.

    Students can now enrol into streams of The Academy's Classic course, Fast Track course or Intensive Flower Design course to gain the credits towards undergraduate degrees.

    The accredited courses will cost slightly more than their standard counterparts,with an additional fee of approximately 1000 added for Greenwich registration. Course credits will be allocated as follows:

    Classic Course - 30 weeks, 60 credits (equivalent to half a year of study) - 5,600 + fee

    Fast Track Course - eight weeks, 15 credits - 3,200 + fee

    Intensive Flower Design Course - four weeks, 15 credits - 3,995 + fee

    To gain the remaining 60 credits to take the course up to the equivalent of one full year's university study, industry-based work experience undertaken by students will be recognised by the CWBL, including internships and paid employment.

    Successfully completed credits, which are moderated by Greenwich University, can go towards any University degree.

    With the recent increase in university fees, a course at The Academy from the 2012 academic year will be more cost effective than studying at university.

    Dawn Lavelle, Head of Quality and Enhancement at The Academy, believe this alternative way to learn will flourish in future.

    "The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers offer a fantastic solution for those who don't want the full time commitment of attending university, but aspire to study towards a degree in their own time and enabling them to use their own professional practice," she said.

    "Not only does it provide much more flexibility and feasibility but due to the recent increase in university fees, private providers like The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, who provide a more intimate learning experience, are becoming a more competitive option.

    "Students who graduate from The Academy are likely to go into floral events ranging from gala dinners to weddings, start their own floral design business or some may move into floristry."

    On completion, students will receive a Diploma from then Academy endorsed by Greenwich University specifying the accredited courses taken, all which fall within the UK Higher Education credit framework.

    The British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education also granted The Academy accreditation in January 2011, in recognition of the floral design school's outstanding educational standards.

    BAC's inspectors reported on an overall excellent level of provision in the College. They considered in particular that the Academy was efficiently managed, the education provision seen was of a very high standard, and the lecturers were well qualified.

    The Academy's website is www.academyofflowers.com

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