BBKA Honey bee behaviour exam feedback

Out of curiosity I paid a small fee earlier in the year to get feedback on the BBKA Module 6: Honeybee Behaviour exam I sat in March. This week the feedback has arrived; not once but twice! Yep, the BBKA posted me the same document in two different envelopes which arrived within a few days of each other. Maybe they were just making extra sure I got it 🙂

For anyone interested, here’s a scan of the feedback: Module 6 feedback. It might be useful to someone taking a Module exam for the first time. The biggest thing I got out of it was that I should have used bullet points for section B to save time rather than writing my answer out essay style. The exam time goes quickly, I found my hand aching after I finished because I was trying to write so fast to fit it all in. See my previous Passed post for a pdf of the exam paper itself.

Was amused to see the chemical equations for sucrose, glucose and fructose put down as a possible answer I could have given. That so wasn’t going to happen. Drew looked at the feedback and said “Wow, they really take these exams seriously, don’t they?”

To celebrate Monday being over, here’s an end-of-post bumble bee spotted in San Diego, where the bees are bigger and the flowers brighter.

More revision/Module 6 themed posts:

About Emily Scott

I am a UK beekeeper who has recently moved from London to windswept, wet Cornwall. I first started keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary in 2008, when I created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and - hopefully! - future successes.
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10 Responses to BBKA Honey bee behaviour exam feedback

  1. curiositycat says:

    Gorgeous bee photo! I’m glad you found me so I could find you. Very nice blog, and I’m looking forward to more!


  2. Emily Heath says:

    Hi Cat, love your blog so am looking forward to your next posts too. WordPress rocks.


  3. That is a Big Bee! I bet San Diego bees are very friendly.

    That BBKA exam looks pretty scary. All that chemistry!


    • Emily Heath says:

      Are you feeling any better yet? Or is the bogmonster still being difficult?

      The bees looked good yesterday but they had gone a bit crazy creating a palace in the eke gap in Lavender’s hive. I scraped all the comb off and put it in the roof for them to hopefully clear up, but I have a feeling they might just start building in the roof instead. Oh dear…


  4. Oops, we’ll have to tackle that on Saturday. Maybe we can squeeze out the honey and feed it back to them in the feeder? If not, we’ll have to take it home and eat it. Oh dear! ;o)

    Great that Lavender’s hive is getting strong enough to be mischievious though!

    The bogmonster has been harassed off!


    • Emily Heath says:

      I was wondering about squeezing the honey into the brood box but got paranoid about drowning Lavender in delicious sticky honey. Squeezing it into the feeder is a much better idea. A few samples could make it into our mouths just to make sure there’s nothing wrong with it.

      Yay, glad the evil bogmonster has been defeated.


  5. thanks for posting your exam feedback – very useful guidance for someone (me) who’s about to sit module 6 in the new November sitting of BBKA exams


  6. Tony Slater says:

    I found the feedback very helpful. Not sure if I quite understand who wrote what, though. I think your original answers had an asterisk. But there is also un-asterisked plain type in bold and normal text. What is the difference between them?


    • Emily Scott says:

      Glad it helped Tony. Even at the time I found the formatting of the feedback hard to follow, I think the BBKA could do that better. The asterisks are my answers, the italics are Margaret Thomas’s comments, but like you I have no idea what the difference is between the bold and normal text!


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