Our BA English Language and History (including foundation year) is open to Home, EU and international students. It will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills. This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study four academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module.Our mission is to discover how language is organised, how it is acquired and how it is used for communication. You examine linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of the structure and use of modern English whilst studying a range of historical periods from the sixteenth century to the present. You explore how English varies according to age, sex, social and geographical background and ethnic origins and whether social and geographical mobility have given rise to the formation of new accents and dialects of English. You consider how historical events have shaped the contemporary world and the relationship between the past and present. In addition you have access to our state-of-the-art labs including our Psycholinguistics Lab which measures how long it takes individuals to react to words, texts and sounds.