Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts – Circus Arts


This course is offered free to 16 - 18 year olds.

Some funding is also available to those up to 25 years old.


We are currently accepting applications with video auditions. Find out more here.

Course info

The Diploma in Performing Arts is run by Hackney Community College. This one year, full time course will give you an insight into circus and the wider performing arts sector.

Students spend approximately 16 - 20 hours per week at Hackney Community College’s Shoreditch Campus and 9 hours at the National Centre for Circus Arts. 

The National Centre is responsible for running six circus modules over the year long course. 

The BTEC is aimed at those with some experience in performing arts, although we accept students on the basis of future potential.

The course is taught at a beginner to intermediate level and is designed to enhance current skills and explore new ones. It can also be used as a platform into higher education courses, performing and other BTEC studies.

Find out more about what you'll learn and where here.

More info about fees, funding and financial support is available on Hackney Community College’s website.

Download an example timetable

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades A-C or BTEC Level 2 Diploma (merit); plus an audition and interview. 

We are only able to accept applicants from the UK and other EU/EEA countries.

How to apply

Applications for 2017/18 are open. 

Entrance to the BTEC is by application and audition.

Find out more about the audition.


If you're interested in applying but have questions, take a look at our BTEC FAQs

For more information, please contact btec@nationalcircus.org.uk or 020 76138261 or complete this form.

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