BTEC Level 3

Circus Central’s BTEC training programme is now entering the fourth 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

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

- Hannah Thompson, Level 3 graduate 2015/16

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 in Year 1 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.

YEAR   1:

BTEC Extended Certificate in Physical Theatre

Level 3 Qualification, equivalent to 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

YEAR   2:

BTEC Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts

Level 3 Qualification, equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

360 guided learning hours

ADDITIONAL UNITS, continuing from Year 1:

  • Unit 13: The Healthy Performer

  • Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community.
  • The year will also include the development of an ensemble circus performance and a solo OR duo circus performance


The compulsory training sessions equate to 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

Expression of Interest:
Monday 13th May 2019

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 8th June 2019

Induction period:
28th and 29th September 2019

Term begins:
Monday 30th September 2019

Guided Learning Training:
Mondays 7.30-9.30pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays 5-9pm

This is accompanied by optional open training sessions

Proposed Intensive Training periods:
30th October -1st November 2019
19th-21st February 2020
6th-10th April 2020
27th-29th May 2020
26-28th August 2020
Graduation Show Saturday 29th August 2020

*** 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, Level 3 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, Level 3 graduate 2016/17


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

Claire Harvey
07738 089921