BTEC Animal Management

Why should I choose this subject?

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

Pupils will 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.

What does the subject consist of?

  • Animal Handling - Internal Assessment
  • Animal Housing and Accommodation - Internal Assessment
  • Animal Health and Welfare - External Assessment

All three components focus on the assessment of applied knowledge, skills and practices, with two project based assessments and one external examination taken in the 5th Form.

How is the subject assessed?

There are four units, three of which are internally assessed through written assignments and the demonstration of practical skills, and the fourth is an external exam.

Whom does the subject suit?

Anyone interested in animals.

What else should I consider before choosing this subject?

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

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
  • Accurately completing administrative tasks and processes