STAR Apiculture (Bee Keeping) Unit Standards

Level Cost $17.25 per credit

Part Time

Course Starting February 2019

Welcome to Telford's STAR programme.

Telford specialises in land-based programmes.

What does STAR mean?

“Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resources” provides resources to schools who either are not equipped or not accredited to teach particular subjects. Telford provides the learning material and the assessments and undertakes the marking, the record keeping and the moderation, with the schools reporting the results to NZQA using Telford’s accreditation number: 8505 Telford has a well-established history of providing secondary school students with STAR learning by mail. We have increased our selection of Unit Standards available through our STAR programme, and we are now building on this foundation by also providing quality eLearning to students around the country.

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Before study can commence, an enrolment form and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be completed to formalise the agreement between Telford and the school (master copy found in the back of the STAR booklet or at

Please note, signing of the MOU represents the school’s agreement to abide by Telford’s policies and procedures.

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STAR Apiculture (Bee Keeping) Unit Standards


Demonstrate Knowledge of Beehive, and Beehive Frame Assembly and Repair   (Level 2, Credit 2) Version 2
 Beehive, and beehive frame assembly and repair.


Demonstrate Knowledge of Disease in the Bee Colony   (Level 2 Credit 3) Version 2
The signs of a healthy bee colony, and inspection techniques; the signs of ill health and disease in a bee colony, disinfection requirements, and apiary site management in the presence of disease.


Demonstrate Knowledge of The New Zealand Beekeeping Industry, & Career and Training Opportunities     (Level 2, Credit 2) Version 2
The New Zealand beekeeping industry, career and training opportunities relevant to the NZ beekeeping industry, and sources of information available to the beekeeper.


Describe Physical Characteristics of Bees and Their Behaviour   (Level 2, Credit 3) Version 2
The physical characteristics of bees; the caste system of bees; and the development, behaviour, and function of bees in a beehive.


Describe Bee Feeding, Feeders and Types of Bee Feed   (Level 2 Credit 2) Version 1
The benefits, procedures, and precautions associated with bee feeding; the features, modes of operation, suitability, advantages and disadvantages of bee feeders; and advantages and disadvantages of bee feeds.


Describe Honey Bees, Beehives, Bee Stings, Bee Diseases, and Honey Harvesting and Processing   (Level 2 Credit 2) Version 1
Honey bees and their life cycle; the functions and life expectancy of honey bees, the ways in which they identify flowers, and the consequences of honey bees drifting to other hives; the signs of a person stung by a bee, precautions to avoid bee stings, and procedures for bee sting removal; the major components, and the location of the bee space, in a beehive; American foulbrood (AFB) and the prevalence of varroa mite in New Zealand beehives; and honey harvesting and processing.

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