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BTEC Animal Management

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The animal management sector is rapidly developing from a low¬ grade, largely manual sector into a service industry meeting the broad demands of the animal ¬owning and interested public. Animal care is worth £1 billion to the UK economy. This sector has 20,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and many volunteers. There are many different career paths and opportunities for those wishing to work in animal management which range from working with small to large, domesticated and exotic animals in subsector areas such animal welfare, business, science and wildlife conservation.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification offers an engaging programme to support students who aspire to a career in an animal related industry. It is intended as a Tech Level qualification, equivalent in size to 1 A level and, as such, is designed to meet the Tech Bacc measure, when studied alongside level 3 mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This size of qualification allows students to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content. It provides good preparation for someone considering an apprenticeship in animal management. When taken alongside further level 3 qualifications, it also supports access to a range of higher education courses in the animal management sector. No prior study of the sector is needed, but students should normally have a range of achievement at level 2, in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.

What does the qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that the content is appropriate for those working in the sector. In addition, HE representatives have been involved in order to ensure it supports progression towards higher study. The mandatory units are as follows:

  • Unit 3: Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Unit 4: Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Unit 5: Animal Behaviour
  • Unit 6: Animal Health and Disease
  • Unit 7: Work Experience in the Animal Sector

All students taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course, including 75 hours work experience with an employer in the sector, where opportunities will be given to develop practical skills in preparation for employment.

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