Battle of woman vs beekeeping exam: and the winner is…

Yesterday I came home to a long-awaited letter. As soon as I saw the British Beekeeping Association’s address on the back, I realised it must be my Module 1 Honeybee Management exam results.

Opening exam results is hard, isn’t it? I remember a girl at 6th Form College who walked around for hours shakily clutching her A-level results envelope, too terrified to open it. I never did found out what she got. As I stared at the envelope I was hit by a feeling of doom. Even though I had felt positive afterwards on the day in March, in the weeks since I’d thought up plenty of mistakes I’d made and visualised tight-lipped examiners tutting and sighing at my messy writing.

Luckily, the feeling of doom was unfounded and in the battle of woman vs beekeeping exam…woman won!

Yay! Very relieved that I won’t have to revise frame sizes or how to wire a frame ever again. Next I hope to do Module 3 on diseases in November, so that I can inflict lots of gruesome photos of yucky gooey larvae on my rapidly decreasing blog visitors.

Here’s the BBKA Module 1 exam paper. The questions weren’t too bad, they could have been a lot nastier to us. I’ve marked the ones I answered in Sections B & C. Many thanks as always to the Mid Bucks Beekeeping Association, who produce excellent free Module study notes, and to the elder beekeepers in Ealing who take the time to patiently pass on all their years of bee knowledge.

About Emily Scott

I am a UK beekeeper living in Ealing, west London. I have been keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary since 2008 and created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and - hopefully - future successes. Busy taking the British Beekeeping Association module exams too!
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38 Responses to Battle of woman vs beekeeping exam: and the winner is…

  1. Anna says:

    YAY!! Congratulations!

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  2. We never doubted you for a second….!

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  3. Congratulations! Now I’m going to direct all my many bee-related questions to you!! 🙂

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  4. hencorner says:

    Well done… such good news!
    Make colour copies of your certificate, laminate them and pin them to the hives!
    Have them printed on the back of your bee suit!!!!
    Congratulations,
    Sara
    p.s. wouldn’t dare attempt the exams myself…. so shall bring all my questions to you… 😉

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    • Emily Heath says:

      I’m looking forward to having another badge to sew on my suit! Not that the bees will be impressed.

      Will have to practice the art of bluffing in preparation for your questions 🙂

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  5. Marie says:

    Congratulations Emily! I, for one, am looking forward to gross, gooey larvae pictures 🙂

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  6. beenurse says:

    Congratulations!

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  7. disperser says:

    Very nice to hear. Congratulations.

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  8. Congratulations, hive partner! Never doubted you’d pass for a second! 🙂

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  9. That’s funny I found your blog and read this post on the DAY I received my beemaster exam results. I’ll have an extra toast of mead to you as well! Congrats!

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  10. Very well done. I haven’t considered taking the modules yet as I never seem to have enough time and at the moment the 13 colonies take most of my spare time up!

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    • Emily Heath says:

      Ah yes I can see how 13 colonies could take up a lot of time! You probably have gained enough experience by now that you could turn up on the day and pass without doing any revision.

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  11. P&B says:

    Congratulations! Look forward to your “yucky gooey larvae” photos.

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  12. pixilated2 says:

    Congratulations Emily!
    I know that feeling of fear before opening and exam envelope. When I took the test for credentialing to teach in California, I sat at the mailbox in my hot car for a very long time. I finally got up the nerve to open it and screamed right out loud! There I sat shaking with tears and sweat rolling down my face… Then I noticed my neighbor had heard me and was looking at me strangely. I didn’t care… I PASSED!
    BTW, I am still here, and I am really happy for you, so bring on those icky bug pictures, I’m ready! ~ Lynda

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  13. Congratulations – It really would never have been in doubt that you would ace the exam. Your blog shows your understanding of honeybees and your willingness to learn. Keep up the good work (so that we can all read and learn from it).

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  14. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Hi Emily, Congratulations on your “quals”! Wow, you are so lucky to have formal training and examination for beekeeping. Everything here in Ontario is very casual and “catch as catch can” with no formal training required. We could all benefit from a more all round education; particularly with so many difficulties facing pollinating insects these days. To me at least, there’s no such thing as having too much knowledge. Again, congrats!

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    • Emily Heath says:

      Hi Deb,

      Thanks, I do feel very lucky to be able to study for these exams. No formal training is required here either, but I feel like I learn a lot through the exams which I wouldn’t from just the practical sessions.

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  15. beatingthebounds says:

    Congratulations!

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  16. anniesbees1 says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved : )

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  17. OhioYarnFarmer says:

    Just reading this. Congratulations!

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