Animal Care





Mrs H Twyble

Exam Board : Edexcel/Pearson

Animal Care BTEC offers students the chance to study Animal Health,

Animal Handling and two options from Animal Welfare, Animal Housing and Accommodation and Principles of Animal Behaviour.

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Animal Care has been developed to provide an engaging introduction to the animal care sector for learners aged 14 years and above. It is designed to be taken as part of a broad curriculum, alongside GCSEs and/or other vocational subjects.

Animal care is a vital subsector within the land-based industry and is important to the UK economy. This BTEC First Award is designed to give an introductory overview to some of the key principles, knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the animal care sector. Learners will study animal health, which is externally assessed via a written paper-based exam, as this knowledge and understanding is essential when caring for animals. Learners will also develop their safe animal handling skills, which is vital in order to effectively care for animals.

Students can be awarded qualifications at grades from Level 1 pass to Level 2 Distinction*.

The course involves assignments and exams as assessment and students need to be willing to work independently. They must also be calm around a wide variety of animals and not be afraid of getting dirty. Handling of animals is part of the course and so students with allergies should consider carefully whether it is for them.