Currently viewingCancel
Hey, it looks like you're new! Why not discover the benefits of Get Into.


Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Sorry, we aren't accepting applications at the moment.

What will you be working towards?

Code 11409
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


The course will give you the academic knowledge and practical skills you need for a position in the animal care industry.


The course will give you the academic knowledge and practical skills you need for a position in the animal care industry or to progress on to higher level courses.

You will study 4 mandatory units:

Undertake work related experience in the land-based industries

You will gain an understanding of the principles of work related experience and how these can be applied in practice.

Maintain animal accommodation

This unit will develop your ability to select the appropriate housing, taking into account the need for sufficient space and shelter, bedding for comfort and hygiene, furnishings for feeding, watering and enrichment. This unit will help to prepare you for the workplace as they will clean and care for the animals and maintain the housing on a regular basis.

Undertake practical animal feeding

General animal care skills are vital for anyone wishing to work within the animal care sector. Feeding animals does not just cover providing animals with food, but also the necessary equipment, how to provide and present food to the animal, feeding at different life stages, and the recording of food and water intake to monitor the general health of the animal. The unit will prepare you for feeding a variety of species, and can be linked to healthcare and enrichment of animals by learning about different ways of presenting food to animals to mentally stimulate them.

Maintain animal health and welfare

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to deal with both day-to-day animal health and welfare routines and animal health emergencies. This unit covers monitoring and maintaining the health and well-being of animals, promoting and maintaining the welfare of animals, exploring common diseases, disorders and their prevention and treatment, and the principles and practices of animal first aid.

You will also study 3 of the following optional units:

• Environmental and land-based business

• Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling

• Understand the basic principles of animal biology

• Participate in providing estate maintenance

• Conservation and improvement of British habitats

• Presentation and service for retailing in the land-based sector

• Introduction to animal breeds and grooming

• Understand the principles and practices of animal establishments

• Contribute to the care of exotic animals

• Contribute to the nursing of animals

• Introduction to caring for ornamental aquatics

• Introduction to caring for horses

This course has a balance of academic and practical subjects. Practical work takes place at our purpose-built, extensive animal unit and the grooming salon. Many students work at kennels, catteries, animal grooming parlours, pet shops, veterinary practices and stables. You may change your placement as your ideas develop. You will also work in the college's own animal unit under supervision.

How will it be delivered?

Tutorials, presentations, written assignments and practical skills.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades:

•English at 3 and maths at 2 or above, and

•2 other GCSEs at 3 or above You will need a keen interest in the subject and a commitment to the welfare of animals.

Your next steps...

You could move on to employment within the industry, including animal collections, kennels, catteries, pet shops, animal welfare establishments, animal grooming parlours and veterinary nursing.



Home Courses Apprenticeships Help & Guidance Upcoming Events
Sign In
Favourites Get in touch