Our BA History (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. Choose from a unique and international range of topics, periods and countries. Your first-year modules include Society, Culture and Politics in Europe, 1500-1750, and History Workshop: Researching and Writing History at Degree Level. In your third year you study Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources and in your final year you take a special subject and write an independent research project, which is your own piece of historical research, produced with the guidance and advice of your supervisor. Essex is a world leader in arts and humanities according to the QS World University Rankings (2017).