In this unit you will study the interactions between plants and animals. You will learn about different types of habitats and the plants and animals that live within them. You will learn how to use keys to identify plants and animals. You will look at the links between plants and animals within a habitat and how they depend upon each other for success. You will learn about food chains and the energy links between animals and plants. You will learn how to identify common species of animals and plants found in the United Kingdom.
Health and safety and its role in reducing accidents and lowering risk are a vital part of working practices. This unit is concerned with learners following the correct procedures outlined by the employer, recommended codes of practice and current legislation. It also covers reporting procedures and the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), other equipment and management of the workplace.
The land-based sector is diverse and provides a wide range of career opportunities. It is important for those working in the industries to understand how it is organised and the professional standards required for those working in it. This unit also enables the learner to gain experience of working within a realistic working environment in industry or at the centre whilst under supervision. It provides them with the opportunity to develop important personal skills and apply health and safety. There will be a strong bias towards learners reflecting on their progress during this work placement.
Throughout this module learners will perform health checks on animals and be able to recognise health and ill-health in animals, learn how to correctly administer preventative treatment for things such as fleas or mites. Learners will finally learn what potential animal emergency situations there are and how to deal with them to minimise stress to the animal and ensure their own safety.
The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to select and prepare animal feed and maintain equipment associated with this. Upon completion of the unit the learner will be able to select suitable feeding and watering equipment for animals and maintain these appropriately. They will be able to select, prepare and present food and water to animals correctly.