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The Warriner School

Agriculture and Animal Management

Welcome to the Agriculture and Animal Management Department

Subject Leader

Mr C Holloway

The Team

Miss I Hands, Assistant Farm Manager

Mr P Holt, Animal Care Technician

Ms M Jones, Farm Education Co-ordinato

Introduction to the Department

Our Mission Statement: To provide a practical, relevant and realistic experience of farming, the care of animals and the rural environment.

The department offers a number of qualifications at Key Stages 4 and 5

KS4: BTEC Level 1/2 First award in animal care 

Animal care is a vital sub-sector within the land-based industry and is important to the UK economy.  This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE.  It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the industry, enabling students to develop their knowledge and practical technical skills; a large part of the course time will be practically based. 
The course is delivered and assessed at the Warriner School Farm, within normal timetabled lessons, and makes use of the routine tasks associated with the livestock enterprises and the small animal collection.  Successful students would be able to progress to more in depth level 2 and level 3 qualifications in a land-based subject.  Or use the qualification to support a more traditional academic route through GCSE and A level biology.  Successful students would also be in a good position to undertake animal care/veterinary nursing apprenticeships.
The programme covers the following topic areas:

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Handling
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour

KS4: BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Agriculture 

This programme offers a focussed vocational qualification for learners who wish to follow either a shorter programme of study related to agriculture or a taster qualification which can extend their programme of study and provide an initial experience of this vocational area.  The course would suit students who prefer to learn in a practical learning situation.  The course is broadly equivalent to 2 GCSE’s 8 - 4 and may suit students that are expected to achieve at below their potential in a classroom situation.  The course is delivered and assessed at The Warriner School Farm, within normal timetabled lessons, and makes use of the routine tasks associated with:  growing the agricultural crops, the general maintenance tasks associated with the machinery and equipment, and workshop fabrication tasks generated by the wider estate.
The programme covers the following topic areas:

  • Introduction to Crop Establishment
  • Tractor Driving
  • Introduction to the Principles of Land-based Machinery
  • Introduction to Land-based Workshop Practice

KS5: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Animal Management 

This programme offers an engaging qualification to support learners who want to pursue a career in an animal related industry.  It can help entry into the workplace and as it has UCAS points attached, can assist progression into Higher education.  Career options:  in conjunction with three good science A levels – veterinary science at university is an option.  or: veterinary nursing, animal care, livestock farming either at university or a land-based college.  or: entry directly into the workplace, accessing apprentices and management training schemes.
The programme covers the following topic areas:

  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector

Examination InfoRMation 

Key Stage 4                                            Key Stage 5
Pearson BTEC                                         Pearson BTEC

 Other Information

Students are able to participate in a wide range of activities associated with the day to day running of the farm and management of the animal collection.  Activities include:  feeding the animals before school, animal husbandry tasks, moving of resources, animal training and care tasks at lunch times; when older students can even learn to drive a tractor.  Students who demonstrate commitment to the farm activities have the opportunity to become “Farm Leaders” as they progress through the school and assist the younger students in their development.