Subject: Animal Care - Options Subject Leader: Mr J Rassmussen

Head of Department: Mrs M Morecombe

Qualification: BTEC First Award in Animal Care

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

Course Content: 
The course consists of 2-3 lessons per week, mainly in our specialist Animal Care facility, and is delivered through a practical, ‘hands on’ experience. Students will have direct contact with a variety of living animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, fish and others.


How you will learn:
Assessment is by written assignments and course work, for example:
Students may be asked to describe the types, properties and uses of bedding for animals and to confidently clean and maintain a range of animal housing on regular basis, with limited supervision.
They may have to safely demonstrate appropriate use of hygiene and waste disposal. Students are encouraged to take care of an animal independently, e.g. by taking it home for the holidays (although this is not essential).
One unit is assessed by external examination during Year 10. Students will be fully prepared for this through classwork and practical experience.
There are 4 units of study covering areas such as:
  • maintaining animal accommodation;
  • animal health;
  • animal behaviour and handling.
How you will be assessed:
Students wanting to opt for this course should be hard working and ready to produce written or word-processed assignments. Students will be constantly working hard on assignments and course work.
Additional information:
The course is a good option for anyone interested in a possible career in the animal care field. It will allow you to progress to college courses or into work-related areas.

Job ideas:
You may find work placements in animal care establishments, such as pet shops, rescue centres, vets or animal care centres.

For further information see: Mr J Rassmussen


Contact the Prestatyn High School Options Team

Mr A Hall
Assistant Head Teacher

Prestatyn High School
Princes Avenue Prestatyn
LL19 8RS

01745 852312

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