Animal Care BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award

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BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Animal Care

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What is BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Animal Care?

Animal Care 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 and will develop their safe animal handling skills, which is vital in order to effectively care for animals.

Why study this course?

This course is ideal if you are new to animal care or have some knowledge and basic skills. You may want to develop your skills, perhaps to start work in a pet shop, animal shelter or kennel or prepare for further training

What can you expect from this course?

You will gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of species, from reptiles and birds, to native mammals! This will provide you with the confidence, knowledge and experience needed to secure employment within the growing sector.

How is it assessed?

3 units of coursework, 1 external exam

What can I do after completing this qualification?

BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management
Level 3 Apprenticeship in the Land Based Sector

What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)

Unit 1 – Animal Health
Unit 2 – Animal Handling
Unit 3 – Animal Welfare
Unit 5 – Animal Behaviour

Additional activities within this subject

Chester Zoo visit, Practical animal handling workshops, Visit to Rice Lane Farm, Chick hatching project


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