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Animal Management (BTEC Level 2)

What is the course about?

This course is perfect if you want an introduction to working in the animal management industry. The course is designed to provide you with a good understanding of the skills and practical elements needed to care for animals.

You’ll work with the range of animals within our collection and learn in both a practical and theoretical way, caring for animals in a manner which meets health and welfare standards.

Do I need to have studied the subject at Level 2 to progress into Level 3 for Sixth Form?

No, these courses are ‘stand alone’, however the knowledge and skills acquired on the Level 2 course provide a good foundation for continued study to Level 3 in Sixth Form.

This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within the sector. This gives learners the opportunity to:

  • gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector
  • investigate areas of specific interest
  • develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.

Whom does the subject suit?

Anyone interested in animals.

What does the course consist of?

  • Practical Animal Health
  • Introduction to Animal Biology and Health
  • Animal Care Work Placement
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour Assessment and Safe Handling
  • Feeding, Accommodating and Moving Animals

This qualification has 100% mandatory content and 33.3% external assessment.

You will need to:

  • complete a range of units
  • be organised
  • take some assessments that Pearson will set and mark
  • take other assessments that will demonstrate your technical and practical skills
  • keep a portfolio of your assignments.

What skills should I have?

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

What might the subject lead to?

  • Veterinary surgeon or nurse
  • Animal science and agricultural studies
  • Farmer or farm worker
  • Kennel or cattery worker
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Animal collection worker
  • Conservationist
  • Animal care assistant in an animal business, charity or wildlife trust

What trips are involved?

Weekly practical sessions at school, visits to local farms, veterinary practices, farm and wildlife parks, and animal care facilities.

Is there work placement?

Yes. You will need to carry out 75 hours (two full working weeks) of work experience in an animal care setting during the school holidays. You will be given support to research and apply for these placements, but will need to take responsibility for fulfilling this course requirement outside of school hours.

What else should I consider before choosing?

Be prepared to work independently on assignments, meet deadlines and refer to success criteria to guide you. You will be undertaking weekly practical tasks and caring for the animals on site, which may involve getting muddy and working outside in all weathers!

What books should I read?

The Haynes Manuals on Pigs, sheep, chickens, bees, horses and dogs are a good place to start.

Who will teach me?

Mrs McFarlane