Animal Management (BTEC) Level 3 National Extended Certificate


Examination Board: Pearson 


Who should take the course?  


This qualification offers an engaging programme to support learners who want to pursue a career in an animal-related industry. It is intended as a Tech Level qualification. This size of qualification allows learners to study related and complementary qualifications alongside it, without duplication of content.  


It prepares learners for an Apprenticeship in animal management. When taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications, it supports access to a range of higher education courses in the animal management sector. 


The mandatory content provides a balance of breadth and depth ensuring that all learners have a strong basis for developing technical skills required in the sector. The course therefore supports employability post 18. Learners are then offered the opportunity to develop a range of technical skills and attributes expected by employers with some opportunity to select between optional units where a degree of choice for individual learners to study content relevant to their own progression choices is appropriate. 


It is expected that learners will apply their learning in relevant employment and sector contexts during delivery and have opportunities to engage meaningfully with employers. The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills that will be recognised and valued. 


This is a great accompaniment to A-levels or Btecs in geography, biology, physics and maths. This course serves as exceptional preparation for higher education and a number of careers due to the scientific skills it fosters in students including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and teamwork. 


What is the course about?  


The content of the Animal management has been designed to enhance skills involved in field research, management and health of animals. Students are taught in this course; the factors that can affect animal health, breeding and genetics as well as how the environment influences these aspects.  


The course includes nationally popular content that students find interesting and key topics include animal welfare and ethics, practical animal husbandry, animal behaviour, health and disease and work experience in the Animal sector. There are opportunities to include real life case studies throughout the course and work in the field which makes this qualification incredibly relevant to the future employment or further education. 


Students are taught how to analyse reliable evidence-based quantitative information to assess the cause and effect of animal diseases and how morals and ethics play a role to animal treatment and usage in various sectors. 


How is it assessed? 


The course is 360 Guided learning hours and is Equivalent in size to one A Level. There are Five units, all of which are mandatory and one is external. The content assessed in the terminal exams in January of the first year and May of the second year of study. The units examined are unit 2: Unit 2: Animal Biology and unit 3: Animal welfare and ethics. Students have the opportunity to re-sit the first year January exam to improve their grade.  

The assessments are designed to allow students to; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content developed in one section or topic, enhance practical skills and draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding within one answer. Additionally, the manner in which knowledge is applied to these exams will further support real-life experience for employment in these sectors. 


Where will it take me? 


This course equips you with the skills and knowledge for a range of jobs in areas such as conservation of species, Zoology, sustainability of animal use, impacts of Human activity on animals, genetics and communicable diseases research and treatment, environmental research and education. Other popular roles it could lead to are; animal carers in a veterinary practice or educational establishment, animal keeper or ranger in zoos or safari parks, animal technician and wildlife assistant. 

The key skills for further education and employability that are fostered in this course are as follows:  

1 Self-management: readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, time management, readiness to improve own performance.  

2 Team working: respecting others, co-operating, negotiating or persuading, contributing to discussions.  

3 Customer awareness in the sector: basic understanding of the key drivers for success in the sector and the need to provide customer satisfaction.  

4 Problem solving: analysing facts and circumstances and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.  

5 Communication and literacy: application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work, and oral literacy (including listening and questioning).  

6 Application of numeracy: manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts.  

7 Application of information technology: basic IT skills including familiarity with word-processing, spreadsheets, file management and use of internet search engines.