Philosophy and Vision

To engage and inform students how to care for a range of animals. To develop an understanding of the needs of animals in our care and the legal requirements of animal care.

Curriculum overview

Unit 1: Animal Health studies the health of 6 species in depth for the examination unit. We have visits from a range of species as well as learning about the animals we have in school. We have visits from Askham Bryan College with reptiles and invertebrates. Then we have a range of creatures that are brought into school from members of staff which include hens, reptiles, dogs and tortoises.
Unit 2: Animal Handling develops both practical and academic understanding of animal handling techniques with a wide range of species. Some of this practical work is carried out at Askham Bryan College which include large animal handling of goats. Other practical work is carried out with visiting animal specialists and staff for the more common species such as dogs and cats.
Unit 3: Animal Welfare studies the current laws on animal welfare in a range of environments and develops an understanding of the practical implications of the law.
Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour allows students to understand typical and atypical behaviour in animals and how animal management strategies play an important role in animal behaviour. This includes a trip to Flamingoland to look at enrichment and behaviour of a wide range of species.

KS4 Curriculum (Y9-11) – links to GCSE specifications

BTEC First in Animal Care level 1 and Level 2

KS3 Curriculum (Y7-8)



25% examination. 75% coursework. Three units of coursework each with 25% weighting