Want to learn more about Beekeeping, but need to do it at your own pace from home?

Further study for the BBKA examinations can be very satisfying but for some people attending day or evening classes is not convenient. Correspondence courses are a form of distance learning enabling you to study beekeeping while working at your own pace. An arrangement will be made with a qualified tutor for you to send your written answers to set questions that are designed to take you through the syllabus.

These courses cover the Basic Certificate (7 question papers) as well as the seven modules (5 question papers each) that form the route to the Intermediate Theory Certificate and then on to the Senior Theory Certificate. There is also a course which covers the learning for the oral aspect of the Microscopy assessment.

The fee for each module is £60.00. You may also need to buy or borrow a few books, which may be available in your beekeeping branch or county library.

For further details contact the Correspondence Course Manager; Email: Sarah Snelson

Please click here for the Basic Correspondence course.

Please click here for the Module Correspondence course.

Please click here for the Microscopy course.

Basic Correspondence Course

This course has been designed to assist new or relatively inexperienced beekeepers in their preparation for the BBKA Basic Assessment and will take about six months to complete. Most beekeepers and tutors prefer to study during the non-active beekeeping months. You are welcome to start at any time but remember the assessment is only held during the active beekeeping season. If a student fails to submit work in the first three months the course fee will be forfeited and the student will be considered as having withdrawn. This is to encourage you to get down to work! You are also expected to complete the course within one year.

What does the course involve?

You will be provided with a series of papers (7), which are not assessments but a structured learning program. In addition you will be allocated a highly experienced and qualified tutor to act as a mentor. They will assess their work and return it with constructive comment and helpful tips. It is almost like having a beekeeping pen friend.

To complete each course you will need to consult the reading list on the BBKA web site and many associations have these in their libraries. Do not rely on just one book but read as widely as you can.

What does it cost?

The fee for each course module is £60. You may also need to buy a few books not in your local association library. Normally all correspondence is by email but should you wish to work by mail then you are expected to supply your own paper (A4) and pay the postage both ways. A stamp addressed envelope should be sent with your papers.

Please click here for enrolment form

Module Correspondence Course

The BBKA Modular system of examinations consists of seven modules each tested by a 90 minute written paper. Full details and syllabi can be found at www.bbka.org.uk The Correspondence courses have been designed to help those who wish to study for the BBKA Module Examinations.

What does each course module involve?

You will be provided with a series of papers (5), which are not assessments but a structured learning program. In addition you will be allocated a highly experienced and qualified tutor to act as a mentor. To complete each course you will need to consult the reading list on the BBKA web site, and many associations have these in their libraries. Do not rely on just one book but read as widely as you can.

What is your commitment?

To make contact with your tutor once you receive your course papers, explain your intended study timetable and when you intend taking the assessment. To study and complete each course paper at your own pace before submitting them singly to your tutor. Normally your first paper must be submitted within three months, and the course completed within one year. Each paper may take around 2 hours to complete so set aside 3 hours each week depending on your own study methods. If no work has been submitted within 6 months of the start date it will be assumed you have withdrawn from the course and your fee will be forfeit.

Your tutor’s commitment

To review each of your papers and make constructive comments where appropriate; they may also direct you towards reference sources to aid your studies. They will normally return your papers within 7 to 10 days but do remember please they are not paid.

What does it cost?

The fee for each course module is £60. You may also need to buy a few books not in your local association library. Normally all correspondence is by email but should you wish to work by mail then you are expected to supply your own paper (A4) and pay the postage both ways. A stamp addressed envelope should be sent with your papers. You may also wish to buy copies of passed papers available at www.bbka.org.uk/pages/shop/department/modulepastpapers

Study groups

Groups are welcome to use the correspondence course and need pay only one fee. To apply the group needs to nominate a person to apply, receive and send papers. It is important that the group submits only one response to each paper as it would be unreasonable to expect a tutor to mark multiple responses.

Please click here for enrolment form

Microscopy Correspondence Course

This course has been designed to assist beekeepers in their preparation for the BBKA Microscopy Assessment and will take about six months to complete. You are welcome to start at any time but remember the assessment is only held in November. If a student fails to submit work in the first three months the course fee will be forfeited and the student will be considered as having withdrawn. This is to encourage you to get down to work! You are also expected to complete the course within one year.

What does the course involve?

The microscope assessment is primarily a practical assessment during which any theory is tested orally. This course is designed to provide the information needed and to allow you to understand and develop the skills.

You will be provided with a series of papers (5), which are not assessments but a structured learning program. To assist you in your preparation it is suggested that you do the practical activities in tandem with this course. This will allow you to better understand the processes and provide illustrations (photographs) to supplement your answers. You can also submit to your tutor TWO of the anatomy and TWO of the pollen slides stipulated in the syllabus or assessment. These steps are voluntary, and if you should just want to cover the theory then that is fine.

In addition you will be allocated a highly experienced and qualified tutor to act as a mentor. They will assess your work and return it with constructive comment and helpful tips. It is almost like having a beekeeping pen friend.

To complete each course you will need to consult the reading list on the BBKA web site and many associations have these in their libraries. Do not rely on just one book but read as widely as you can.

What does it cost?

The fee for each course module is £60. You may also need to buy a few books not in your local association library. Normally all correspondence is by email but should you wish to work by mail then you are expected to supply your own paper (A4) and pay the postage both ways. A stamp addressed envelope should be sent with your papers.

Please click here for enrolment form