National Progression Award Beekeeping SCQF level 5

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Beekeeping at SCQF level 5 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the Apiculture sector.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of beekeeping; practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; organisational and communication skills.

This qualification includes an introduction to beekeeping covering the equipment and tools used to keep bees, and the techniques used to subdue and handle them. It also covers recognising the nectar producing plants bees need, and the pests and diseases that can effect bees. The two remaining units build upon the introduction, the Theory unit further developing the learners scientific knowledge and understanding of the importance of bees to the wider agricultural economy and a Practice unit which provides hands on experience of working with bees.

The qualification is available through schools, colleges and training providers.