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Animal Care

The BTEC First Award in Animal Care is designed to give an introductory overview to some of the key principles, knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the animal care sector. There are four units, one of which is an externally assessed examination, the rest is coursework based.  As part of the course, you will study animal health, as this knowledge and understanding is essential when caring for animals. You will also develop your safe animal handling skills, which is vital in order to effectively care for animals.

Qualification structure

This qualification is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units.

These units will include:

  • 2 core units (totalling 60 GLH)

  • 2 optional specialist units (totalling 60 GLH).

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internally assessed) and a unit that Pearson sets and marks (externally assessed). 

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Animal Care

 

Unit

Core units

Assessment  method

GLH

 

1

Animal Health

External

30

 
         

2

Animal Handling

Internal

30

 
         
 

Optional specialist units

     

3

Animal Welfare

Internal

30

 
         

4

Principles of Animal Behaviour

Internal

30

 
         

As well as doing work in the classroom, the students will be cleaning out and cleaning the farm animals, looking after them in the farm club twice a week after school with the lower school students. We have links with Writtle College and pupils will be expected to visit other providers as part of the course and commit to helping look after the animals on site.  

KS4 Animal Care Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

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Staff

Mrs L. Hendy - Teacher of Animal Care

Specification

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Further Reacding

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