Year 1

· Animal Behaviour

· Practical Animal Husbandry

· Work Experience in the Animal Sector


Year 2

· Animal Welfare and Ethics Exam

· Animal Health and Disease

· Work Experience in the Animal Sector


Assessment Methods

1 exam worth 33%

4 pieces of coursework worth 67%



Grade 5 in GCSE Animal care or equivalent subject


  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. Self-management is important due to the coursework amount in this course.


This qualification trains you to pursue a career in an animal-related industry. It prepares learners for an apprenticeship in animal management. When taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications (such as Biology or BTEC Science), it supports access to a range of higher education courses in the animal management sector and/or other subject areas. Examples of courses this qualification can lead to are BSc (Hons) in Animal Management and Welfare, BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Studies, BSc (Hons) in Zoology, BSc (Hons) in Animal Science and BSc (Hons) Animal Science and Health.