Full-time circus-theatre education for 16+ on a Level 3 BTEC
Circomedia offers students aged 16+ the chance to study on the UK’s only two-year Extended Diploma in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre.
A BTEC is a Level 3 qualification that follows on from GCSE. The course features the same academic rigour as A Levels whilst also focusing on more practical learning.
The course gives young people from the age of 16 the chance to learn a range of circus disciplines (aerial, juggling, acrobatics and balance) alongside classes in physical theatre, movement, and devising. Underpinning this practical skill development is a rigorous programme of academic study in which learners will investigate theatre practitioners, plan a community project and explore various employment opportunities within the arts industry.
“Physically and mentally it feels so good to be at Circomedia. If you want to do something creative, this is the place to be”
-Kiah Bailey, BTEC student
Get to know the BTEC
Hopefully, the following information will answer most of your questions about studying on the BTEC with us. However, if you have any more questions, please drop Ben an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
What will you study?
You’ll have the opportunity to study a range of circus disciplines, including juggling, balance, aerial and acrobatics. You’ll learn about physical theatre, movement and performance techniques, as well as developing your knowledge of influential practitioners and the business skills vital to working within the performing arts industry. The course is very physically intensive and you will need a good level of fitness. Your learning is underpinned by academic study and assessments will be both practical and written.
What do you need?
You need to be aged 16+ to apply for the course. We recommend that applicants have four GCSE passes at grades A* – C (or 9 – 4 in the new 2017 grading structure) however it isn’t essential as we do not wish to discriminate against young people who have been home schooled.
If you have sat GCSE English and maths but did not achieve grades 9-4 (A*-C) then you will need to take GCSE re-sit classes alongside the main course. If you are home educated or have never taken GCSEs then you will need to do Functional Skills.
You don’t need to have any previous circus experience, but you will need to demonstrate some ability in a physical or performance related discipline such as dance, drama, gymnastics, parkour or martial arts. Applicants will need a good level of fitness as this is a very practical course!
Applicants aged between 16 and 18 will have their course fees funded by the government. If you are 19 or over please look at our FAQ section to check your eligibility. We can accept applications from international students within the EU and EEA however we are unable to take anyone requiring a visa to study.
What do you get?
A BTEC Diploma is the equivalent of two A-levels. If you successfully complete the first year, you may be able to stay on for an additional year and achieve an Extended Diploma worth three A-levels.
Where will it take you?
Many of our BTEC graduates progress to study on Circomedia’s own Foundation Degree course, while others have gone to develop their skills at schools across Europe including Codarts, DOCH and CNAC. BTEC students have also gone on to join professional companies, set up their own, or taken their careers in a whole other direction. You can find out more by reading about our alumni.
Where will you train?
Most days you’ll have the chance to train in the historic St Pauls Church in central Bristol, while once a week you’ll train at our Kingswood site. You’ll also have the opportunity to perform at St Pauls Church for our twice-annual BTEC shows – giving you a real taste of what it’s like to be a professional circus performer.
Any questions? Take a look at our FAQs or email Ben at email@example.com
Back in November 2016, our BTEC students made their own contribution to the short-lived internet craze the “mannequin challenge”. We thought they did pretty well!