Outdoor EducationAnimal Care BTEC

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of outdoor education, here at River Valley. Poets Corner Centre is based within a 6.5 acre site in Welling, Kent, consisting of timber built classrooms (one being specifically utilised for ICT based studies), woodlands, grazing, stream, food growing, gardens, activity arena, bushcraft - forest school – adventure sport zones, equine facilities and animal enclosures providing opportunities for an engaging and enriching curriculum and BTEC studies that relate to vocational learning.

Animal Care

This qualification is for learners who want to start a career working with animals. Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, this course will provide level 1 and level 2 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in the sector.

The program will provide opportunity for work related vocational learning in a specialist outdoor education site, learning about animal health and handling, with optional unit choices from behaviour, welfare, housing and accommodation.

The study program will give the learner a BTEC Level 1 or 2 First Award in Animal Care. This is suitable for young people who may be taking GCSE’s or functional skills in their home school or another college-education centre and this study program can be dual roll as a 2 to 3 day placement. This is also aimed at Post-16 learners where funding is secured.


If a student is in KS4 and is looking for a pathway which includes animal based studies, our usual route is for them to study the Level 1 or Level 2 First Award in Animal Care (we are open to discussions for students who may have a wealth of knowledge or for high achievers to study the more advanced courses within KS4). When this qualification is achieved, the Level 2 Technical Diploma would be the logical next step and this could be carried out in KS4 or Post16 (pending individual progress of students).

Level 2 is an ideal qualification for those intending to progress directly to employment in the animal care sector, or to an animal care apprenticeship.
Post-16 students who may not have joined us for KS4, are able to complete the earlier level courses that are delivered during years 10 and 11. For advanced Post-16 students, the Level 3 Extended Certificate or Diploma are advisable career pathway options.

On the Ground, Hands On Experience

ADO have a large selection of animals, including small and large mammals, farm animals, reptiles and invertebrates. As part of this BTEC qualification you will be hands on with these animals in their actual environments and enclosures, utilising the extensive facilities, resources and tools required for the course and studying with the expert educators and team at ADO. 

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