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ACE2450 Beekeeping Made Easy (on campus only)

Started 19 Feb 2024

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Full course description

Course Overview:

Are you thinking about beekeeping? This is the course for you!

Because there's so much to learn about bees and taking care of them, many people put off beekeeping for years. This course will help you feel more comfortable about your decision and clarify those questions you always had. This short course will help you learn about bees, their behaviour and care. You'll learn everything from how to start a beehive and beekeeping tactics to what equipment you need to sustain your bees.

Hopefully this course will bring you closer to tasting honey from your own bees!

Course Practicalities:

This course will run on Mondays from 7pm-9pm from 19th of February until the 8th of April 2024 (excluding bank holidays 18 March and 1 April)

Venue: the Western Gateway Building, Room G13, UCC.

Closing date for applicatIons: Monday 12th of February 2024.


Course Content: 

Breakdown of lectures per week and what will be covered:

Week 1:



        Beekeeping as a hobby

        Hive parts

        Hive tools and accessories

Week 2:

        Hive inhabitants



        Colony lifecycle

Week 3:

        Hive Inspection



        Winter preparation

Week 4:



        Swarm control

        Queen lifecycle


Week 5:

        Honeybee health

        Beekeepers’ role

        Prevention and treatment of common diseases

Week 6:

        Choosing a hive

        Positioning a hive



  •       Plans for the future.

Course Lecturer:

Dr. Anda Dumitrescu is an enthusiastic beekeeper, looking after her own bees and also being a beekeeper for CUH. She is a Paediatric doctor and a clinical lecturer for the medical students in UCC.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.

Contact Details for Further Information:


Please note our refund policy as follows:
100% refund  if student cancels before course commencement
100% refund if student's course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers. 
If the student cancels after the first week of the course - full refund minus €50 processing fee 
If the student cancels after the second week of the course - no refund