Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
This vocational qualification helps pupils the practical knowledge, skills and understanding to care for a range of animals in a variety of settings.
What does the A level/GCSE consist of?
- Animal welfare and ethics
- Practical animal husbandry
- Animal behaviour
- Animal health and disease
- Work experience in the animal sector.
- There are 4 internally assessed (project based) units and one externally assessed, examined unit (worth 40% of the course).
Do I need to have studied the subject at GCSE? (for A levels/BTECs)
Standard entry to KHS sixth form ie 5 GCSE’s level 4 or above, including English and Maths
Whom does the subject suit?
Those with an interest in animal management, with experience of looking after their own animals (although not a requirement for the course), those interested in working in the animal industry. Those seeking to learn practical skills and apply them to a range of situations.
What skills should I have?
A willingness to work with a range of animals; to work independently and meet deadlines. An ability to read and research widely and then select and apply relevant information.
What might the subject lead to?
Veterinary, farmer, veterinary nurse, equine, service animals, zoo keeper, animal rescue centres
What trips are involved?
Regular field trips to local animal care facilities, farm parks or farms, visiting speakers and opportunities to learn and practice skills on the school farm.
What should I read?
Farmer’s Weekly magazine, RSPCA website
Who will teach me?
Mrs McFarlane and Mr Savage