Animal Care BTEC

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The Animal Care BTEC qualification is a technical award equivalent to one GCSE.  The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to begin their education in animal care and is for those who would like eventually to work in a related area.  The course aims to:


  • provide vocational experience with an emphasis on practical learning

  • inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the animal care sector

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the animal care sector

  • support progression into specialised Level 3  qualifications in animal management.

  • support progression into an apprenticeship



Unit 1: (compulsory): Animal Health

Unit 2: (compulsory): Animal Handling


plus: two further units selected from a  limited choice of specialist units.

Unit 3: Animal Welfare

Unit 4: Animal Housing and Accommodation

Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour




The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Animal Care includes one externally assessed core unit. The remaining units are internally assessed.


Qualification grades


Level 1 -  Pass

Level 2 -  Distinction

Level 2 -  Merit

Level 2  - Pass



Learners who successfully achieve can progress to GCSEs and/or A-Levels, Level 3 vocational courses and apprenticeships.

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