Our BA Linguistics (including foundation year) is open to Home and EU 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. Essex is a world leader in arts and humanities with Linguistics ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017). Our mission is to discover how language is organised, how it is acquired and how it is used for communication. You examine how children learn to talk and read and how we produce and understand words and sentences. You look at the causes and consequences of different types of language disorder in young children and adults and the best ways of teaching and learning a foreign language. You explore how age, sex, social background and regional origin affect the way we speak and how languages change over the course of time.