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

Please do not delay your booking – to guarantee your place, please book 2 weeks in advance of course date

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:

New dates to be released after the Easter break. 

9:00am - 5:00pm 

If you are unable to attend the above dates or the date you would like to attend is full please register your interest here.

Plumpton College


1 day 



Future Opportunities

Once completed your BBKA certificate, discover our Honeybee Management - Module 1 Prep for examination course here.

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