Animal Management BTEC

What will I study in Animal Management BTEC?

The animal management sector is rapidly developing into a service industry meeting the broad demands of the animal-owning and interested public. Animal care is worth £1 billion to the UK economy. This sector has 20,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and many volunteers. There are numerous career paths and opportunities for those wishing to work in animal management which range from working with small to large, domesticated and exotic animals in subsector areas such as agriculture, animal welfare, business, science and wildlife conservation. If you are considering a career in the sector, or even if you are simply passionate about animal management and care, then this qualification could be for you.

As a two-year, Level 3 qualification it carries the same UCAS tariff as an A level, so it can be taken as part of a mixed set of Sixth Form subjects for the purposes of university application. Alternatively, if you are planning to head into employment after Sixth Form then the work experience component of the course provides valuable skills and potential contacts in the sector.

Entry requirements

Pupils wishing to study Animal Management must achieve a minimum of five 4 to 9 grades at GCSE.

Units of study

  • Unit 1: Animal Welfare and Ethics.
  • Unit 2: Animal Husbandry, Animal Behaviour, Animal Health and Diseases.
  • Unit 3 Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Unit 4 Animal Husbandry
  • Unit 5 Animal Behaviour
  • Unit 6 Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Unit 7 Work Experience in the Animal Sector


Pupils will be assessed through coursework, an external exam (25% of the total mark), and practical assessments. All pupils taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course, including 75 hours work experience with an employer in the sector, where opportunities will be given to develop practical skills in preparation for employment.

Where could it lead?

Veterinary industry, farming, pet shops, rescue centres, animal charities, welfare organisations.