Animal Care

Animal care curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The department’s vision,
• Students will develop broad knowledge and skills relating to the animal care industry. This will enhance their knowledge of biology and enable them to apply that knowledge in the context of animal health.
• Students will also develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication (including verbal and analytical writing skills), research and project management (providing an opportunity to demonstrate reflective practice by suggesting alternative approaches to a problem).
• Furthermore, students will develop a valuable range of study and employability skills.

Sequencing of lessons

Students will commence with Unit 1: Animal Health reflects vital aspects of working with animals in any field of the animal industry. It covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding required for undertaking health assessments alongside the identification of common diseases and disorders and their prevention. The unit also examines common parasites, from transmission to prevention. It is externally assessed.
Unit 3 ‘Animal Welfare’ follows unit one and introduces the first course work unit to students followed by unit 4 ‘Animal Housing and Accommodation’ These units offer students the opportunity to study aspects of the sector.
Unit 2: Animal Handling requires students to approach, handle and restrain animals safely, whilst also becoming familiar with the hazards and risks associated with handling animals. The unit also requires students to learn about industry guidelines, health and safety legislation and animal welfare legislation. It is internally assessed. This is the final unit taught so students can bring all the skills learnt to safe handle animals when practical activity is conducted.


This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is designed for pre-16 students working at level 2 who want to study animal care within their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the industry, enabling students to develop their knowledge and practical technical skills. The qualification consists of a compulsory core of two units making up 50% of the qualification. This unit will be covered first. To develop long term memory when the unit is completed monthly summative assessment will continue focusing on the core knowledge and understanding taught to prepare students for the external examination. Students will have the opportunity to complete RTM (response to marking) and complete mastery tasks on target areas before moving onto new content.

Knowledge Organisers

Animal Care Knowledge Organiser