Course information

Our Animals and Environments pathway develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress into paid employment, supported employment or volunteering. These skills will also help to promote and develop their independence.

The pathway provides a comprehensive understanding of the physical, psychological, and behavioural needs of animals, fostering a deeper appreciation for their well-being.

Learners cultivate a sense of ethical responsibility towards animals, encouraging them to advocate for humane treatment and contribute to the development of ethical guidelines in various industries.

“I like cleaning the animals and I like healthy lifestyle classes.”

A significant part of the Animals and Environments pathway is supporting learners understanding that animal welfare is crucial for conservation efforts, as it enables them to address the challenges animals face in natural habitats and develop strategies for maintaining biodiversity.

This pathway brings personal fulfilment to individuals who are passionate about animals, providing them with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on the lives of animals. Learners develop skills and knowledge through a combination of theory and hands-on practical work combined with links and visits to outside agencies such as the RSPCA, Bidlea Farm, Chester Zoo, Higher Farm as well as caring for our animals that live on site. Animals and Environments also provides learners the opportunity to develop empathy, understanding and reflection skills. 

On the Animals and Environments pathway, learners will develop an understanding in some of the following areas;

  • Habitats
  • Animal care
  • The conservation of wild animals
  • Food chains
  • Life cycles
  • Environmental factors