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Animal Management
Mrs L. Fowler-Parkes

People working in this sector are playing an important part in ensuring this planet can keep supporting us. From sustainability specialists to vets, everyone in this sector has a passion to make sure our land and animals are being properly taken care of and used by humans in a sustainable way.

The animal management sector is rapidly developing from a low-grade, largely manual sector into a service industry meeting the broad demands of the animal-owning and interested public. Animal care is worth £1 billion to the UK economy. This sector has 20,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and many volunteers. There are many different career paths and opportunities for those wishing to work in animal management, in areas such as animal welfare, business, science and wildlife conservation. Indeed, The Animal Welfare Act is the most comprehensive modernisation of laws on domestic and captive animals for a century. A new duty of care, together with the consolidation and review of over 20 pieces of animal welfare legislation relating to farmed and non-farmed animals has provided these industries with an array of factors affecting business performance and professional development.

Learners will study how animals grow and develop over the course of their lives together with a range of factors that may affect this such as disease. Learners will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy and considering ethics. Learners will understand how animals may adapt to change, always with consideration to welfare of the animal, the environment and humans. Learners will research animal management of a broad range of animals, both those at Kingsmead School and the wider world, with work experience at our delivery partner, Exotic Zoo, Telford. Learners will develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about an animal’s physiological health, designing care plans that will allow them to analyse and improve their health and wellbeing. Overall, learners will be given the opportunity to self-reflect on the choices that they make and how this may affect the animal.

Both Level 2 and Level 3 Btec Qualifications in Animal management offer an engaging programme to support learners who want to pursue a career in an animal-related industry. If studied at 6th form, it can prepare learners for an Apprenticeship in animal management or if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications or A levels, it supports access to a range of higher education courses in the animal sector. Learners will also benefit from guest speakers from their local community and beyond, whilst having the opportunity to visit and take part in work experience in a variety of settings such as the Exotic Zoo, Veterinary Surgeries, Pet stores and charitable organisations. It will also be an intention to raise student aspiration by developing key links with Universities for all students. It does not limit progression options due to the skills acquired being applicable to a range of future path-ways.

Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge of Animal health and welfare which gives learner’s access and progress to this important sector of the working world beyond Kingsmead. Courses will support learners to develop key transferable skills both inter-personal and intrapersonal: self-evaluation and research skills; communicating; working collaboratively; negotiating and influencing, self-presentation; self-management; adaptability and resilience; self-monitoring and development. These are skills that will prepare learners for progression to university or other higher study, either immediately or for career progression, in turn helping to build resilient, innovative, mindful and employable young people.


Year 10

Autumn Term
Learners will study 2 units:
Unit 1: Animal health -Learning aim A: Understanding the essential signs of good and ill health in animals
Monitoring signs of good and ill health in animals
Daily visual checks on sic animals: Rabbit, Cat, Dog, Bearded Dragon, Chicken and Goat
Weekly physical checks
Quantitative checks

Unit 3-Animal Welfare -Learning aim A: Understand the different roles of animals and animal-related organisations in society
Roles of animals in society
Animal-related organisations

Spring Term
Learners will study 2 units
Unit 1: Animal Health- Learning aim B: Understand common diseases, their causes, transmission and treatment
Animal diseases and modes of transmission
Symptoms, treatment and prevention of common diseases in animals

Unit 3 Animal welfare -Learning aim B: Understand animal welfare and legislation
Principles of good Animal welfare
Current animal welfare legislation that apply in the UK and their purposes
What are the responsibilities involved in caring for animals?

Summer Term
Learners will study 2 units:
Unit 1: Animal health- Learning aim C: Understand the signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of
common parasites
Ectoparasites, their symptoms, prevention and treatment
Endoparasites, their symptoms, prevention and treatment

Unit 1 Exam preparation

Year 11

Autumn Term
Learning aim A: Understand how to select animal accommodation
Factors which affect the selection of animal accommodation
Types of animal accommodation
Learning aim B: Prepare and maintain animal accommodation
Preparing animal accommodation
Carrying out safety and maintenance checks
Learning aim C: Be able to clean out animal accommodation
Cleaning animal accommodation and disposing of waste

Spring Term
Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour
Learning aim A: Know what indicates behaviour patterns in animals
Behaviour patterns and functions of animals relevant to species
The main influences on animal behaviour
Signs of stereotypical behaviours in animals
Learning aim B: Understand the influence of enrichment on animal behaviour
Why animals display abnormal behaviours
Different types of enrichment and their impact

Summer Term
Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour
Learning aim C: Monitor and record the behaviour of a range of animals
Undertake visual observation of animal behaviours
Record and report on observed behaviours


Years 12 and 13

Autumn Term
Year 12 :Unit 3: Animal Welfare and Ethics
Ethical issues in animal welfare
Ethical approaches
Ethical issues and legislation in the animal industry
Welfare appraisals for assessing the health and wellbeing of animals
Acceptable conditions for animal health and welfare
Preparation for First Sitting of Controlled assessment January

Year 13: Unit 7 Work experience in the Animal Sector
Learning aim A: Investigate employment opportunities in the animal sector to
target future progression
Progression opportunities
Requirements for progression
Relevant legislation for work placement opportunities
Learning aim B: Develop communication and interview skills to improve
employment prospects
Applying for work-related activities
Interview skills
Learning aim C-Complete work-related experience in the animal sector to contribute to personal
and professional development.

Spring Term
Year 12: Unit 3 First Sitting of Controlled assessment
Year 12 Unit 4 Learning aim A: Explore safe animal handling techniques for different animals
and situations
Working safely with animals
Handling, moving and restraining animals
Types of accommodation and construction materials
Assessment of accommodation and environment
3 Maintenance of animal accommodation

Year 12- Animal health & Disease Learning aim A: Understand the growth and reproduction of pathogens,
parasites and how organisms defend against disease
Structure and reproduction of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
Routes of transmission
Effects caused by pathogens and parasites
Defence against disease

Year 13 Unit 5- Animal behaviour-Learning aim A: Explore the ways in which animals learn normal and abnormal
behaviours, and how these behaviours can be managed
Learning theory
Development of abnormal behaviours
Managing abnormal behaviours
Learning aim B: Examine behaviour patterns and their influencing factors in
Animal lifestyles
Animal communication
Factors influencing behaviour

Summer Term
Year 12 Unit 4-Learning aim C: Undertake animal husbandry practices to support the health and welfare of animals
Feeding and watering animals
Grooming and bathing needs
Providing opportunities for exercise
Health checks
Preparation for second sitting of Controlled assessment

Year 12 Unit 6 Animal health and Disease Learning aim B: Undertake health assessments to promote and maintain animal health and welfare and to treat and prevent common diseases and disorders
Assessing general health in animals
Common diseases in animals and their clinical signs, treatments and prevention
Common disorders in domestic animals
Learning aim C: Demonstrate preventative health strategies by assessing, recording and monitoring health in animals
Preventative health strategies
Theory and administration of basic animal treatments
Preventative health assessment, recording and monitoring

Year 13- Animal Behaviour Learning aim C: Undertake animal behaviour monitoring as a measure of animal welfare, interpreting animal behaviour and observing animal behaviour

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
The 4 curriculum offers many teamwork opportunities. Handling and cleaning of the animal environments together develops interpersonal relationship skills, cooperation, builds confidence and encourages empathy. Children are encouraged to be observant to each other and the behaviour of the animals whilst respecting the views of others. Working together, caring for the environment and providing for the welfare requirements of Kingsmead animals creates a strong sense of community and belonging. Children show pride in their work and pride in their school. There is substantial evidence that connecting more people with the outdoor environment and animals will: promote greater well-being; motivate pupils to think and learn ; Fosters a sense of responsibility in children Teaches children nurturing skills; Encourage a feeling of empathy for others Improves academic achievement & school attendance rates Teaches children about relationships and about the needs of another living being, therefore responsibility.

Cultural Capital Development
Children learn about different roles of animals in society and animals from different countries and cultures. When we study about the welfare of animals and different ways people and countries use animals, we collaborate with Religious education and learn about ethics and debate some difficult topics such as "Animals in war zones" , "Zoos as conservation and education places and "Animals used in research experiments" , We share discussion with the Geography department when delivering such issues as eco farming and raise awareness of our carbon footprint.

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
When working as a team, students take on different roles, taking responsibility for practical work with the animals, ensuring their group have carried out all necessary tasks to ensure they have provided the best welfare for our animals, keeping them as healthy as possible and free from disease. During 6th form we are expecting our students to lead groups of younger students in their activities, becoming ambassador for Animal welfare.

Exam Boards and Links

BTEC Animal Care
BTEC Animal Management

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