Our BA History and Literature (including foundation year) is suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for an undergraduate course. This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of undergraduate study. Our compulsory English language and academic skills module supplements your academic subjects. Join us on an intellectual journey through the past. You develop your knowledge of both history and literature, and investigate the ways in which the two disciplines can be integrated. You take the modules Introduction to Literature and The Enlightenment alongside your history modules in your second year, and continue to combine history and literature modules in your third and fourth years. There is a range of exciting options to choose from in both departments, and you can decide the focus of your fourth-year dissertation. Essex is a world leader in arts and humanities according to the QS World University Rankings (2017).