Animal Management, BTEC Extended Diploma
The Animal Care BTEC Extended Diploma is an ideal choice for animal lovers who aspire to develop their animal care skills and work in the industry. While physically demanding, this course offers immense satisfaction as you will see the positive impact you can have on animals' lives.
The course provides a balanced blend of theory and practical work, with approximately 30% dedicated to practical training and 70% to theoretical learning. Our experienced tutors are industry specialists, and they are dedicated to teaching you the necessary theory to complement your practical knowledge. Our qualifications have been developed in collaboration with local and national employers and are successful in getting our students into animal management-related jobs and onto relevant degrees.
Through our unique partnership with Puxton Park, awarded the National Farm Attraction of the Year, you will gain practical skills by participating in the care of a diverse range of animals. Your classroom lectures will come to life as you carry out practical sessions at the park, enabling you to develop industry-specific skills. This hands-on experience will involve working alongside experienced staff and engaging with farm visitors, so you will also develop essential employability skills like communication, customer service and decision-making.
By studying with us, you will become part of our Animal Management Career Excellence Hub. This provides unrivalled access to potential employers. Through guest lectures, trips, work experience, and recruitment events, you will gain valuable industry insights and networking opportunities. You’ll also get to go on trips to different locations, including residential trips and trips to Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Twycross Zoo and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE
Year 1 subjects
Animal welfare and ethics
Practical animal husbandry
Animal Health and Disease
Work Experience in the animal industry
Business management in the animal sector
Year 2 subjects
Breeding and Genetics
Human and animal interaction
Wildlife, Ecology and conservation
Developing an enterprise in the animal sector/ animal nursing
As part of this study programme, you will develop your employability, maths and English skills, attend tutorials and Individual Development (ID).
You will also complete a work placement and extended industry placement, allowing you to develop hands-on skills that can be applied to your career in the industry. All aspects of your study programme will be discussed at your interview. ASSESSMENT METHOD
This programme is assessed by a combination of external exams, written tests, projects, assignment work and demonstration of competence in a range of practical tasks. This is a two-year programme.
You will be equipped to enter a career in a variety of roles such as veterinary nurse, zookeeper or animal scientist. You can increase your skills with an animal-related degree such as University Centre Weston’s degree in Animal Management.
Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English, Maths and Science or a Level 2 programme at merit grade or above.
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Animal Managment, Extended Diploma
The practical side of the course, and the fact that it is predominantly coursework based, is something that really appealed to me - nothing beats the day-to-day hands-on experience and interactions with animals.