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BTEC Diploma & Extended Diploma in Performance (Circus Arts)

Diploma: September 2016 - June 2017
Extended Diploma: September 2016 - September 2018


Course Overview

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Btec students in action

Since September 2012, Circomedia has been running a Level 3 BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (pecialising in Circus and Physical Theatre) with Weston College as our funding partner. This is the only BTEC Extended Diploma of its kind in the UK and gives students aged 16+ the chance to study a range on circus disciplines (including juggling, balance, aerial skills and acrobatics) as well as physical theatre, movement, choreography, performance techniques, how the performance industry works and what it takes to be a healthy performer.  The course is 22 hours a week over three and a half days, 30 weeks of the year.


The one- year BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels. Successful students may then opt to stay on for a second year of study for the Extended Diploma, equivalent to 3 A Levels.


Training takes place at Circomedia’s two sites: one, a picturesque former Victorian school in Kingswood, on the outskirts of Bristol; the other a beautifully restored 18th century church in the heart of the city. Both sites are exceptionally well-equipped for circus and performance training and are shared by our Foundation Degree students.


In January 2014 Weston College was graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, which means it is officially one of the highest-performing colleges in the country. Moreover, Circomedia was named in the top three partner organisations.


Graduating BTEC students have gone on to advance their performance training at other places such as the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the National Centre for Circus Arts, European schools such as Codarts in Rotterdam, Fontys in the Netherlands and Cirkus Cirkor in Sweden or joined Circomedia’s own innovative and unique degree programme.

The best time in my life so far. I still have dreams about Circomedia!
Megan Harris, BTEC Graduate

Photography by Alex Ripley.

Our BTEC course is run in partnership with and accredited by Weston College.