This is a great subject to study if you have a genuine interest in animals because it offers a practical-based, hands-on approach to the management and welfare of animals. We have our own animals on site as well as links with local farms to ensure a high level of work experience and enable students put theory into practice.
Ms Carey, Vocational Coordinator
This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the industry, enabling students to develop their knowledge and practical skills.
How we organise learning
Animal care is part of the vocational group of subjects. During the curriculum choices process in Year 8, students can opt to study animal care from Years 9 to 11.
Examination Board: Pearson
Specification Name: BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Animal Care
Link: Animal Care
Miss Carey says:
“Animal care is enjoyed by lots of students in school and we have a small but growing number of pets. Our newest additions are three baby skinny pigs, kindly donated to us by Iain at the Fish Bowl pet shop in Birkenhead. Skinny pigs are an almost completely hairless breed of guinea pig. Ours have hair on their muzzles, feet and legs, and a thin covering of fuzzy hair on their backs. They have settled in well and are certainly enjoying the fuss from students!”