BTEC Extended Certificate   Intensive Training & Performance Qualification

Circus Central’s BTEC training programme is now entering the third year of delivery. The programme has been designed specifically to support those who wish to enter circus as a career through a combination of theoretical and practical units of study.

Every learner shall follow a programme of a study that includes physical training and conditioning. Creative development, and the creation of individual and ensemble act alongside theoretical studies to develop the learner’s knowledge of roles within the arts

The course consists of 10 hours of weekly training sessions throughout term time, and intensive training and creative periods take place throughout non-term time where practical assessments and exams shall take place.

Learners will be required to take part in four core modules as well as specialize in a circus discipline of their choice in which they shall be able to create their own solo act.

Acts that are created throughout the course will be given the opportunity to be performed at a variety of local events throughout the year.

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"I could finally submerge myself into my art, a chance to develop and grow personally and artistically."

- Hannah Thompson, graduate 2015/16


YEAR   1:

BTEC Extended Certificate in Physical Theatre

Level 3 Qualification, equivalent 1 A Level.

360 guided learning hours


  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners' Work

  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

  • Unit 22: Movement in Performance


The compulsory training sessions equate 10 hours per week. These take place on the following evenings;

  • Mondays 7.30-9.30pm
  • Wednesday 5-9pm
  • Thursday 5-9pm

The course also allows participation in each open training session with Circus Central for no additional cost. These take place on;

  • Monday 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday 9am-1pm
  • Friday 5-7pm

You are also entitled to 20% student discount on all other classes and courses at Circus Central.

Course Fee: £2700 (including exam fees)

Fee reduced to £2500 if paid in full before the induction period

Please note that payments can be spread over the year using Direct Debit.

Depending on individual financial situations, Circus Central has bursary and supplements available, which can be applied for to support learning. Please email us to discuss options.

Important Dates

Open Days:
24th March, 14th April, 28th April

Expression of Interest:
Friday 4th May

We would like to know who you are, why you would like to be a part of our BTEC programme and what circus act would want to work towards creating if you were offered a place on the course. You can be creative with your expression of interest! write it, draw it, film it! Whatever your medium, let us see you passion for circus and your training.

Saturday 2nd June

Induction period:
29th and 30th September

Term begins:
Monday 1st October

Monday 7.30-9.30pm
Wednesday and Thursday 5-9pm

Proposed Intensive Training periods:
31st October-2nd November
20th-22nd February
8th-12th April
29th-31st May
5th-9th August

*** Exam and assessment dates to be confirmed ***


"Being on the BTEC has given me a chance to truly dedicate myself to focused training and act development in skills outside of my comfort zone. It's given me the chance to get feedback and guidance from experienced professionals that I admire. It's been hard at times, but I've made friends with some great people, I'm learning so much and I love doing it."

- Mahum Butt, graduate 2015/16

"I was lucky enough this year to perform in a big top and a speigeltent, I wouldn’t have had these opportunities if it wasn't for Circus Central. Taking part in their BTEC has honestly changed my life..."

- Hannah Wright, graduate 2016/17


For all questions and queries regarding the Circus Central BTEC Diploma, please contact:

Claire Harvey