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Arts in Health Foundation Degree

The Arts in Health Foundation Degree is the exit qualification for an apprenticeship programme being offered by Brunel University London.

This apprenticeship programme is based on the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Health Care Apprenticeship standard, which allows specialisation in the area of arts therapy.

This apprenticeship programme is subject to approval.

The three key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • The Arts in Health Foundation Degree
  • The Care Certificate
  • English and maths competency

Length of study

Full time - 18 months for the foundation degree, two years on the apprenticeship


Academic lead - Meretta Elliott

Meretta trained as an actress at the School of Theatre in Manchester and went on to complete an MA in Drama Studies at the University of North London. She specialises in applied drama practice including Forum Theatre and role play techniques.


Course description

The foundation degree will comprise of six modules. There are two compulsory modules - An Introduction to Arts in Health and the Final Synoptic Project. Students will also take four arts practice modules drawn from the current arts-based modules offered in years one and two on the Creative Writing, Film and TV, Games, Music and Theatre programmes by the Department of Arts and Humanities.

The teaching content of these will be identical to that of the existing modules, but the assessment will be adapted to reflect the specific work-based needs of these students.

By integrating with other undergraduate students, this approach ensures the apprentices have a true university experience and are not isolated in their learning.


For more information on the Arts in Health Foundation Degree, contact Meretta Elliott