Beekeeping Theory - CANCELLED (OL03L52A)

Find out all you need to know about keeping bees from an expert beekeeper in a small, friendly, real-time online course

When? Tuesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm from 22nd September 2020 until 20th October 2020 for 5 weeks.
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £66.00. The concessionary fee is £34.00. Reduced fees are available to students in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. For more information on applicable benefits and eligibility please see the Financial Support page on our website or contact the ACRES team.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

You will obtain all the necessary theoretical knowledge required to keep honey bees which will prepare you should you wish to become a beekeeper and handle live bees. There will be a practical beekeeping course in May 2021 at Uckfield college, to put the theory into practice.

What you already need to know

This course is suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to refresh their knowledge.

What you will learn

- The anatomy and lifecycle of a worker, drone and queen bee
- Understanding how the honey bee colony works
- The role of a beekeeper
- How to get started
- The hive and all its components
- The personal equipment required and how to use it
- Setting up an apiary
- Bee swarm prevention and control
- Capturing and hiving a swarm
- Bee and colony health, controlling diseases and pests
- Overwintering bees
- The beekeeping year and record keeping.
- Harvesting honey, collecting pollen and propolis
- Dealing with problems
- Observing health and safety when handling bees
- Arranging insurance in rural and urban areas

How you will learn it

Using the online medium you will learn directly from your tutor as well as through presentations, videos, online resources and group discussion.
This is a theory course, giving you the opportunity to learn and prepare for keeping and caring for bees.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

ACRES' online courses will be taught in real time using the video platform Google Meet, supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time.

You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though it is not essential, you may choose to create a separate email account for your online learning (preferably Gmail which is most compatible with Google Meet). This will give you the added security to allow you to share your email address with your tutor and other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

At the start of the course and before each lesson your tutor will send you an invitation with a link to join the class and any further information including resources and equipment you will need for the lesson.

How much extra study or practice is involved?

You will be given additional research to carry out at home if you wish to do so, but this will be optional.

What do previous students say?

"Steve's enthusiasm and passion for the subject and good powerpoint slides that included videos and photos of beekeepers in action which brought it alive."
"I am planning to start keeping my own hives when I retire. I gained a solid understanding of the fundamentals of beekeeping."
"I think I enjoyed how open and approachable Steve was. It was nice to feel like you could ask a question and not feel stupid for asking."

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

Steve will consolidate what has been learnt during the Theory course with a Beekeeping Practical course in the summer where you can have hands on experience of handling the bees and the care of the hive. The Practical course is at Uckfield College on 3 consecutive Saturdays and gives an opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and confidence, particularly if you are starting out with your own bees.

Practical course dates: 8th, 15th, 22nd May 2021

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.