T level in Animal Care and Management


T Levels are new courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A Levels. These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work. T Levels are one of three post 16 options for young people which are:

– A Levels
– Apprenticeships
– T Level

How does the Technical Qualification work within the T Level?
This Technical Qualification specification contains all the required information you need to deliver the qualification in the T Level Technical Qualification in Animal care and management.

Additional mandatory parts of the T Level that need to be achieved:

An industry placement of 315–420 hours (45–60 days).

Course Content - What will I learn?

The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the Animal Care and Management industry, and you will cover topics such as:
• Health and Safety
• Business
• Working in the Agriculture, Environmental and Animal care
• Sustainability
A learner will have the choice of studying one standalone Occupational Specialism as listed below:
• Animal Management and Behaviour
Centres and providers work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers

Am I right for the course?

This qualification is for you if you are a 16-18-year-old learner, who wishes to work within the Animal Care and Management industry. It has been designed to deliver a high level of knowledge about the industry as well as the occupational skills required to enter the industry (known as ‘threshold competence’). A learner who T Level Technical Qualification in Animal Care and Management

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 which must include English, maths and science

Externally set and marked exams
Employer set project
Synoptic assignment covering practical skills and applied knowledge

The course teaching team have worked in a range of environments within the animal industry e.g. veterinary surgeries, animal welfare charities, kennels, wildlife parks, zoos and farms. They hold a variety of qualifications, including Degrees in Wildlife Conservation, Animal Science, Zoo Keeping and Veterinary Nursing, and are all qualified teachers.

What Next?

This technical qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the Animal Care and Management sector, which will prepare learners to enter the industry through employment or as an Apprentice. Furthermore, the completion of this qualification gives the learner the opportunity to progress onto higher education courses and training

For those of you wanting to go into employment, the aim of our course(s) are to produce competent carers working with animals, with the potential to take up management positions after further experience.

Potential careers:

  • Animal Technician
  • Applied Animal Behaviourist
  • Assistance Dog Trainer
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Trainer
  • Farm Worker (Livestock)
  • Kennel Worker
  • RSPCA/ SSPCA Inspector
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoo Keeper

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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