spotlight on… animal care

Here, we take a closer look at the BTEC Level 3 Animal Care course which is available for you to study here at Cowley Sixth Form.

We asked one of our current students to give us a bit of insight into what the Animal Care course is all about, what’s involved and what it’s like studying here at Cowley Sixth Form College.

When did you first consider studying Animal Care at sixth form?

Year 11 was the first time I was exposed to the subject as we started it then at Haydock High.

What was it that captured your interest in the subject?

Working with the animals and finding out more about them, such as their behaviour and diet.

What has surprised you most about the subject?

How doing this course has made me more confident around the animals and the vast amount of knowledge it has given me.

The course is aimed to be practical and hands on. Do you get enough opportunity for supervised practical work?

Yes, there is opportunity in almost every lesson to get hands on, so it’s really good.

If you are struggling with a question/topic what support is available?

The teachers are always there and will always help in any way they can. They’re approachable and will go out of their way to offer assistance if it’s needed. Don’t be afraid to ask.

What do you enjoy most about the lessons?

I enjoy working with the animals and being able to handle them. As I said before, it is very hands on with lots of opportunities to do that which I really enjoy.

What have you found the most challenging? 

At first, it was being around some of the animals and handling them as they were unfamiliar to me. But over time, that challenge has been overcome and I feel really confident with them.

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking the subject at Cowley Sixth Form College?

Take Animal Care because it will allow you to gain more knowledge and confidence about the animals and allows you to become an independent learner. Make sure you are good with deadlines.

If you had to pick your subjects again, would you still pick Animal Care? If yes, why? If no, why not? 

Yes, I would pick Animal Care again because it has made me more confident around the animals. I have learned a hell of a lot in this course. It has also made me feel like I fit in and I feel comfortable as everybody is so welcoming and supportive, especially the teachers who are always on hand to help.

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