BTEC Extended Certificate   Intensive Training & Performance Qualification

Circus Central’s BTEC training programme, is now entering it’s third year of existence and 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.

Each learner shall follow a programme of study that includes physical training and conditioning, creative development, and the creation of individual and ensemble acts alongside theoretical studies to develop the learner’s knowledge of roles within the arts. Regular weekly training sessions take place during term time and equate to 10 hours of guided training, and intensive training and creative periods take place during non-term time.

All acts that are created will have the opportunity to be performed at various events throughout the course, including The Late Shows in central Newcastle, and at Circus in a Field! – the Let’s Circus summer gathering held in Northumberland each August.

Learners will work with a core team of Circus Central mentors, as well as training with specialist circus artists and professionals from the performing arts industry throughout the course.

Learners will be required to take part in core modules as well as specialize in two circus disciplines of their choosing.

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

- Hannah Thompson, class of 2016


YEAR   1:

BTEC Extended Certificate in Physical Theatre

Level 3 Qualification, equivalent 1 A Level.

360 guided learning hours


Investigating Practitioners Work

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Group Performance Workshop

Movement in Performance


All training sessions within the BTEC Course, this equates to ten hours per week.

Aerial Fitness and Stretch classes at Circus Central

Club Circus Central open training sessions

Student rates. Certain classes offer a 20% discount for students on this course. These include handstands, stretch, Iyenga Yoga and short courses held at Circus Central.

COURSE FEE: £2800 (including exam fees)

Please note: This fee can be split into up to four segments if needed.

We are currently looking at different options for funding to support those wishing to take this course. Please speak to Claire, if you have any concerns at all about the fees for this course.

Application information shall be released in January, 2018.


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

Claire Harvey


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, class of 2016