Key Stage 4:

The Vocational Opportunities Programme

Animal Care

If you enjoy biological sciences and adore animals why not combine your interests and become an animal management student at Reaseheath. You will be based at our fantastic purpose built animal centre with its licensed teaching zoo – facilities which are among the best in the UK. Even more exciting, you’ll have the chance to work with 125 different species of animals including tapirs, meerkats, ring tailed lemurs, otters, birds of prey, reptiles, fish, amphibians and a range of companion and park animals.

Level 1

What will I be doing?

  • Animal feeding and watering
  • Maintaining animal accommodation
  • Animal handling, exercise and restraint of animals
  • Animal health and wellbeing

Where will I be working?

In the College Zoo, a classroom and outside. Working with a range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

What will I need to wear?

  • Overalls and boots with steel toe caps
  • Wet and cold weather clothing for when working outside

What qualification will I gain?

  • The City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies

Options after this programme

Level 2

What will I be doing?

Two core units, which provide the key underpinning applied knowledge and skills in animal care:

  • Unit 1: Animal Health
  • Unit 2: Animal Handling

Two (from three) practical optional units:

  • Unit 3: Animal Welfare
  • Unit 4: Animal Housing and Accommodation
  • Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour

Where will I be working?

In the College Zoo, a classroom and outside. Working with a range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

What will I need to wear?

  • Overalls and boots with steel toe caps
  • Wet and cold weather clothing for when working outside

What qualification will I gain?

  • BTEC First Award in Animal Care (L2 is equivalent to GCSE’s at grades A*-C new grades 4 and above)

There is an external exam for Unit 1 taken in year 11.

Options after this programme