INTRODUCTION

The Animal Care BTEC is a two-year course which involves acquiring the knowledge and skills relevant to the ever-expanding animal care sector. Students will study animal health, animal handling, animal welfare and the principles of animal behaviour. Animal Care students are interested in careers in veterinary care, farming and agriculture and animal welfare.

During the course students will…

  • Learn the basic principles needed to enable them to pursue a career in the animal care sector
  • Identify and understand the needs of a wide range of animals
  • Handle a range of animals safely in different contexts and for different needs, including in a commercial setting
  • Identify and explore a range of animal behaviours in different contexts
  • Explore a range of animal welfare needs and identify solutions for these needs in varying contexts

 Units covered in Year 10:

Term 1 and 2
Unit 1: Animal Health (externally assessed in year 11 with an exam)
Students will learn how to identify ill-health in a range of animals and how to offer basic treatment. This unit develops knowledge in animal health, disease and parasite prevention and how these link together

Term 3 and 4
Unit 2: Animal Handling (Assignment based)
This core unit is internally assessed and requires students to know how to handle a range of animals, including small, large and exotic animals

Term 5 and 6
Unit 3: Animal Welfare Assignment 1 only (Assignment based)
This unit focus on the welfare of a range of animals, the responsibilities of animal owners and the animal-related organisations that promote good animal welfare
We will also be preparing for the unit 1 exam in term 6.

Units covered in Year 11:

Term 1 Unit 3: Animal Welfare Assignment 2 only (Assignment based)
This unit focus on the welfare of a range of animals, the responsibilities of animal owners and the animal-related organisations that promote good animal welfare

Term 2 and 3
Unit 4: Animal Housing (Assignment based)
Students will learn about how to select and prepare animal accommodation in line with different animals’ needs.

Term 4 and 5
Assignment catch up and Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour (not assessed)

Students will study the normal and abnormal behaviours of animals and consider environmental and contextual influences on animal behaviour. Study involves visually monitoring animals and recording the observed behaviours.

Please feel free to contact Mrs Willcocks or Ms Joubert if you have any further questions.
Email: GWillcocks@wykhampark-aspirations.org
LJoubert@wykhampark-aspirations.org

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