16-18 Year Olds


Designed to be taken over one year, giving learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills in the
land-based studies sector, majoring in animal care

Entry Requirements

For this course you do not need any formal qualifications

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview
with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During this course you will study a total of 10 units – 4 compulsory and 6 optional
in areas such as:

• Caring for and feeding animals
• Moving and accommodation of animals
• Finding out about the land based sector
• Researching a topic

You will complete a range of both practical and research based activities, whilst having close contact with a selection of animals. You will attend a number of visits which include local animal sanctuary, zoo and equestrian establishments. You will also have to produce a portfolio of evidence which will be graded.

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above. If you have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


All assessment is through a combination of practicals and coursework. This can take the
form of observations, short reports, Photographic evidence and group work activities.

Awarding body

BTEC Pearson


On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

• Apply to study level 2 animal care at Macclesfield College
• Pursue a career within animal care related areas

Additional information

Additional help and support is available should you require this and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 02/09/2020

End date: 25/06/2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: M Tu W Th F

Number of Weeks: 34

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