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This one day course covers the syllabus for the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Basic Assessment.  Ideal for those wishing to improve their beekeeping knowledge and skills and for those wishing to take (and pass) the optional Basic Assessment.

Course Outline 

  • Natural History of Honeybees
  • Setting up an Apiary
  • The Beekeeping Year
  • Feeding Bees
  • Swarm Control
  • Pest and Diseases
  • Plants for Bees
  • Products of the Hive
  • plus 2 practical sessions at the Apiary

The optional BBKA Basic Assessment is organised by local beekeeping groups. Candidates need to be BBKA Members with one year’s beekeeping experience and to pay a fee of £20 to the BBKA

Entry Requirements:

At least one season’s experience with honeybees.

For those with no experience, the Taster Day and the Hive and Frame Assembly courses are recommended. 

Dates & Location:

Date: 7th July 2018

Time: 09:00- 17:00

Location: Plumpton


1 day 




  • With over 800 hectares at your disposal, we’ve got excellent facilities for you to develop your knowledge and practical skills.
  • On our College estate alone, you’ve got ancient semi-natural woodlands, chalk downland, our commercial farm, plus a network of small streams.
  • You’ll also enjoy time at our dedicated wood workshops which are fully equipped with the latest technology and equipment.

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