BTEC Qualifications

We have a BTEC open day on 5th May 2022. Scroll down for more info!

BTEC Open Day 2022

Interested in joining our BTEC programmes? Sign up now for the open day on 5th May 2022!

Open Day sign up form

If you wish to attend the open day, please fill in the form below. If you cannot make the 5th May, please indicate if there is another session that you might be able to attend. The open day will run from 4-7pm, however alternative dates will follow a slightly different schedule, times are included on the registration form.

Registration form

Expression of Interest form

If you decide that this is the course for you, please complete the Expression of Interest form, by Friday 19th May. If you have previously applied for the course, it is important that you still fill in this form. Once we have received your form, you shall be invited to an audition day and be sent information about what the day shall include.

EoI form

The audition day shall be Friday 18th June, 10-3pm. The audition shall take place at our Christ Church site.


This must be our most frequently asked question! We do not receive any government education funding to run this course, so all fees for the course must be paid by the participant. There are however pots of money that you can apply to to support with fees, travel and equipment. These options are listed below:

Circus Central also have an internal bursary pot that you can apply to (Deadline: Thursday 30th June 2022 4pm): BTEC bursary form

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch via

What are they?

Our BTECs are accredited courses for people that want to work in the arts or further their creative careers. These courses help you gain the personal and professional skills that will help you have a fulfilling career in the arts industry and beyond.

We are passionate about inclusion and diversity in the industry. We set you up to succeed with a safe space and a vibrant learning community.

Our part time courses give you a qualification that make you stand out, whether this is your stand-alone subject or whether it is an addition to your qualification portfolio.

Read on to learn more about the exciting potential of our BTECs and how they could help you.


To find out more contact:
Claire Harvey, Education Director

BTEC student performing contemporary juggling act with silver balls

 What does it involve?

You will progress your physical skills across a number of circus disciplines, including:

  • Equilibrisitics e.g. unicycling, tightwire or stilts
  • Manipulation e.g. juggling or hoop
  • Acrobatics
  • Aerial e.g. corde lisse, silks, trapeze

You will develop your employability and professional skills with units that look at:

  • Professional practice
  • Performing arts in the community
  • The healthy performer

The courses also have a strong creative development focus. You will develop both individual and ensemble acts. Have a look at our gallery to see what previous graduates have achieved!

 Who is it for?

The BTEC courses are for:

  • Amateurs that want to develop their arts education
  • Professionals that want to focus and develop their careers
  • People looking for alternative education pathways
  • People that want to work in the arts industry

 Where will a BTEC take you?

We are so proud of our graduates! They are all in further education or employment. Here are a few examples of what previous graduates have gone on to do:

  • Enrolled at the National Centre for Circus Arts/ Circomedia/ Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam
  • Founded companies that have successfully toured the UK and employed national and international artists
  • Become senior management for arts charities
  • Joined Circus Central’s mentor team as freelance teachers


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

Hannah Thompson, Level 3 graduate 2015/16

"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


We want to make sure that everyone has the chance to experience Circus! To have a positive effect on the lives of our students, we currently have one 50% bursary available for a BTEC student.

There are other strands of support for students in need of financial support from outside the organisation. Please get in touch if you would like some advice.

Application deadline: Thursday 30th June 2022 4pm

Please click here to apply.