BTEC Animal Care

Subject Overview

Pearsons BTEC Animal Care level 1 and 2 has been designed to be taken as part of a broad curriculum.

The course includes use of literacy and numeracy skills within a work based environment. Students applying for the course need to have an interest in animals and have a caring, calm nature.

Students will develop their thinking skills over the duration of the course to become independent enquirers, creative thinkers, reflective learners, team workers, self-managers and effective participators. These are all important life skills that make our students better employees.

The BTEC animal care course gives students an introduction into some of the key principles, knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the animal care sector.

Course Information

During the course all students will produce written assessments and undertake practical tasks both within school and at other animal care environments such as local welfare centres, zoos, petting farms and pet shops.

Relevant site visits will be incorporated throughout the course and occasionally these may incur a minimal transport or entry cost.

Students will regularly have access to sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles, chickens and rodents as part of their lessons. All students should get their tetanus injection updated before starting the course and wear appropriate clothing as advised.

The BTEC animal course will be led by our outdoor learning coordinator Mrs Baldwin who has a level 3 Animal Care qualification herself as well as a wealth of animal husbandry experience from living on her small holding.

Students will complete a unit on animal health studies over 30 hours. This work is assessed externally in a one hour exam.
All students will complete a 30 hour unit in animal handing.
This unit will be assessed through coursework marked by their class teacher.
All students will complete an additional 30 hour unit in either animal welfare or animal housing and accommodation.
This unit will be assessed through coursework marked by their class teacher.
Students will be awarded either the level 1 or level 2 BTEC accreditation depending on the total points they achieve over the duration of the course (It’s the same course for both)

A BTEC level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D>G and a Level 2 is equivalent to 4 A>C grades at GCSE level. ( this depends on whether students achieve a pass, merit or distinction)


Students completing the course can continue into a level 3 BTEC course ( which equivalent to 2 A levels ) or apply for employment in places such as animal welfare centres, farms, kennels, pet shops and other land based jobs.

You can download a PDF of this file here BTEC level 1 & 2 Animal Care