BTCC Introduction to small animal care - Bridgwater & Taunton College
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Course Overview

This programme is for learners who are committed to learning in both a practical and classroom environment. It is designed to support you in the development of the skills and knowledge required in the small animal care industry.

The programme aims to support the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs of learners, including behavioural difficulties, as well as academic attainment. It offers a set of practical subjects, including functional, independent and social skills to support your transition through College.

Units of study/what is involved:

Modules in short bullet points. Please use a capital at the start of each new bullet point with no full stops at the end of the bullet point (unless there is more than once sentence per bullet).
Topics may include:

  • Small animal care
  • Conservation and landscaping
  • Construction/workshop skills.
  • Enclosure maintainance
  • Work Experience

You will be assessed for English and maths and develop your skills to work towards qualifications in Functional Skills or GCSE

Assessment Methods

Following an initial assessment to establish your starting point, you will set targets for all aspects of your development and be assessed throughout. Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence including photographs, practical and written assessments. Staff also observe you in lessons and on work experience (where appropriate). Your progress will be monitored using personalised targets through a learner journey. If not already achieved, you will be entered into English and/or maths qualifications at the appropriate level, Functional Skills or GCSE. You will attend English and maths lessons every week and complete an exam at a suitable time of the year.

Progression Options

On completion of the course, you will be able to apply for Level 1 courses in a related subject area. You could seek employment or apply for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship.


It’s a pleasure and honour to study at this College. My tutors and the Learning Support Assistants provide all the support I need and are always there for me. They make it clear they’re working with you rather than taking a leading role.

Jordaine Durban

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