Key Stage 4

What you will study:

The Level 2 BTEC in Animal Care is a vocational qualification designed to give students an entrance into the animal industry, from pet store management, animal training and livestock management. The course is made up of four units, spilt across Yr 10 and Yr 11, with students sitting an external examination in the January of Yr 11. There is a strong emphasis on practical work and evidencing practical skills within the coursework elements of the course.

Unit 1 - Animal Health

This is an externally examined unit.

In Unit 1 – Animal Health, students will learn about the different factors that affect an animals health, the clinical signs and effects of poor health in animals ranging from dietary needs to ecto/endoparasites. There is a focus on gaining experience of identifying signs of ill health through practical work with animals ranging from dogs and rabbits to chickens, ducks and goats.

Unit 2 - Animal Handling

This is an internally examined unit.

In Unit 2 – Animal Handling, students will learn about all of the different ways in which different animals should be handled safely and at different life stages. There is a focus on evidencing these skills through practical work and coursework.

Unit 3 - Animal Welfare

This is an internally examined unit.

In Unit 3 – Animal Welfare, students learn about the different organisations that uphold animal welfare standards in the UK, such as DEFRA, RSPCA and RBST. In addition to this, students are familiarised with different animal welfare legislation, specifically the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the RSPCA Five Freedoms.

Unit 4 - Animal Housing

This is an internally examined unit.

In Unit 4 – Animal Housing & Accommodation, students complete a period of practical work completing animal housing and maintenance checks for a range of animals, including reptiles, poultry, pigs, sheep and goats. In addition to practical assessments, students must also complete coursework that demonstrates an understanding of the accommodation needs of different animals to ensure that current UK legislation is adhered to.