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Animal Care

Pearson BTEC Tech Award Level 1/ 2 in Animal Care

In 2019 the animal care sector was worth approximately £1 billion to the UK economy. This sector covers 20,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and many volunteers. Career opportunities range from working in veterinary care, zoological collections, animal welfare charities, retail work, and agriculture. 

The BTEC Animal care course is recognised and respected by employers, professional institutions and higher education establishments. A qualification in Animal Care can lead to many further education options, from academic A-levels to Level 3 qualifications.

  • Students are entered for the BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 in Animal Care. This is equivalent to 1 GCSE
  • The course is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified.
  • Students study 3 components,.
  • Components 1 and 2 will be assessed internally through several assignments. These coursework assignments will have a range of tasks including written reflections, posters, leaflets, and photographs of pupils carrying out practical work.
  • Component 3 is assessed through an external exam at the end of the course. 

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Component 1: Animal Handling

This component covers understanding animal behaviours, behaviour impacts on how animals are handled and restrained, and preparing for, and demonstrating safe animal handling and restraint.

Component 2: Animal Housing and Accommodation

This component covers understanding factors affecting the selection of animal accommodation, and preparing, checking, and cleaning out animal accommodation. 

Component 3: Animal Health and Welfare

This component covers understanding of the characteristics of good and ill health, and common diseases and disorders. The component also covers the welfare of animals and the moral and legal responsibilities of the animal owner to ensure high standards of welfare for all animals in their care.