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BTEC in Circus & Performing Arts

Come and study towards a BTEC Level 3 in Circus and Perfoming Arts, concentrating on the business side of the career too. 


Showtime Circus offer a unique timetable of lessons mixing dance, circus and fitness to make sure that you are given the best possible knowledge, strength and foundation to pursue a career in Performing Arts. At the end of this education programme it will enable you to audition for the circus, for cabaret contracts or to go on to higher education. As an evolving industry, more and more directors and choreographers are looking to hire artists who can not only dance, but also deliver high quality circus acts.

As part of this specialist BTEC level 3 qualification, learners will have a true vocational and professional learning experience by working, training and performing alongside professional artists throughout the programme. There will be performance opportunities at least once a month, ensuring that every participant leaves with at least one performance ready act in their discipline of choice. There will be a chance to perform abroad in a cabaret show and to gain experience teaching whilst learning too.

All of our teachers are successful circus artists in their own right, and the majority trained in dance and musical theatre before going into circus so know both industries very well. With teachers who also teach at other TOP Circus and Performing Arts Colleges, who are internationally renowned agents and who have years of experience, this really will be the place to come to gain a real insight into the world of performing arts.

The course is run on Milton Keynes Tues-Thurs and we can accommodate you if you are travelling from afar. 

This course is run in association with SCL Creative. 

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The course has a strong focus on practical activity with high level, fitness, dance, musical theatre and circus training delivered by experienced performing arts specialists and artists.

You will develop your strength and technique, artistic understanding and overall fitness to prepare you for a career in professional dance, circus, musical theatre performance, events industry and/or teaching.

You’ll gain experience of multiple circus disciplines including aerial and acrobatics, handbalancing, contortion, ground based skills like hula hooping, juggling, stiltwalking and more, all taught alongside ballet, contemporary dance, choreography, tap and jazz, all of which will develop you as a versatile and highly employable artist.

In addition, you’ll study core units linked to professional dance and musical theatre practice including the study of performing arts business, the investigation into practitioner’s work, act creation, make up and costuming, group performance workshops and performing in the community.

You will be assessed in many ways including exams, controlled assessments, video evidence of your training and practical performances, assessor witness testimonies, work diary and log books, peer observations, self-assessments, written reports, assignments and work experience.


Learners will receive: -
• A unique BTEC level 3 qualification earning up to 168 UCAS points
• High level, dance, circus and musical theatre training from industry professionals
• Regular professional performance opportunities, including abroad.
• Guest teacher lectures and workshops from NCC, Rambert, Bird College and more. • Introductions to specialist performing arts schools
• Work experience opportunities
• Further training and enrichment opportunities outside college hours

It is important that all learners make the most of their time with us to achieve their full potential.

Click Below to download full prospectus! 

Professional BTEC work to date: 

(Gained through STC connections)

Gravity Live - Winter Cabaret
Milton Keynes

Blackpool Winter Gardens - Opening Ceremony 
Lily Solo Aerialist

Britains Got Talent -
Opening Parade 
Variety Artists

Boutique Whitening - 
Halloween Party

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