Course Title BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (Animal Care)
Level: 1
Code Y986

Overview of the Course

This course is designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on you showing what you can do rather than what you know in theory. This qualification will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge on how to care for and feed animals, how to grow plants and will include educational trips and visits to local animal care attractions. You will complete a series of tasks and demonstrate skills and knowledge that enables you to progress to further learning. You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable employability skills including work experience.

What are the career opportunities?

Progression opportunities include the Level 2 Animal Care course, apprenticeship, traineeship or employment. Career opportunities could include: Animal Care Worker, Animal Care Assistant in an Animal Business, Charity or Wildlife Trust, Kennel or Cattery Worker, Ground Care Technician, Game and Wildlife Worker.

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade A*-E (9-2) including English Language A*-E (9-2).

How long is the course and when can I start?

1 year starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, all assessed through coursework assignments. Mandatory Units include: Being Organised, Developing a Personal Progression Plan, Working with Others and Researching a Topic. Optional Units include: Caring for and Feeding Animals, Growing Plants, Responding to an Incident involving Animals, Contributing to Animal Welfare or Conservation in Your Community, Keeping Yourself Active and Healthy whilst Caring for Animals and Exploring Local Animal Visitor Attractions. Each unit will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and your overall grade will have two grades in the range of PP to DD.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in an Animal Care career you will need to be able to get on with people from all walks of life and be able to work on your own as well as in a team. You will also need to have a keen interest in caring for a variety of animal species. There is also an element of working outdoors and in all weather conditions, so being willing to do this is a key aspect of this industry. You may have to solve problems and understand instructions in order to get things done on time and make decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important and you will need good written skills when completing documentation about the animals in your care. When communicating with members of the public you will need to be able to listen and identify their needs, as well as respond to questions in an open and friendly manner. Mathematics skills are essential in Animal Care as you will need to be able to calculate feed and identify the number of species to be allocated in specific enclosures. You will also need to calculate the size of the enclosure and identify the weight of animals and be able to convert from imperial to metric. Handling money is also a skill needed if working in the business side of Animal care and time management is essential within all aspects of caring for animals.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will complete this at Pimhole Community Farm for up to one day per week. Here you will have the opportunity to care for a variety of animals and learn valuable employability skills and more importantly confirm career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Vocational Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, apprenticeship or further education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sports and fitness activities, course related study visits and guest speakers, careers events and trips.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Contribution to trips and visits throughout the course may be required.

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