If you’d like a high-paying career in finance or insurance… If you’re good at mathematics, enjoy problem-solving and are interested in financial matters… you should consider studying actuarial science.
Our Foundation Year programme provides an opportunity for you to develop your mathematics skills and start learning some university-level material, fully preparing you for university study before you progress onto the Actuarial Science degree.
Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risks, particularly in the financial services industry. Our specialist programmes are taught by professionally qualified actuaries and internationally renowned statisticians to ensure you are fully prepared for your career.
You’ll immerse yourself in the mathematics, statistics, finance and economics that you need to qualify as an actuary. You’ll also develop skills that are highly valued by employers, including data science, coding in R and PROPHET, financial modelling and commercial awareness.
If you want to gain paid industry experience as part of your degree programme, consider our popular Actuarial Science with a Year in Industry. Our in-house Placements Team support you in developing the skills and knowledge needed to successfully secure a placement through a specialist programme of workshops and events.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
CCC including Mathematics at grade C. Use of Maths A level is not accepted as a required subject.
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
24 points overall or 13 points HL including HL Maths or HL Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches at 4 or SL Maths or SL Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches at 6
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
When considering your application, we look at both your qualifications and your potential, as shown, for example, by your personal statement and the comments of your referees.
To take a foundation degree, you need to have an English language standard of 5.5 in IELTS; however please note that these requirements are subject to change. For the latest details, see www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Duration: 4 years full-time (5 years with a year in industry)
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
Most of the teaching is by lectures and examples classes. At Stage 1, you can go to regular supervised classes where you can get help and advice on the way you approach problems. Modules that include programming or working with computer software packages usually involve practical sessions.
Each year, there are a number of special lectures by visiting actuaries from external organisations, to which all students are invited. These lectures help to bridge the gap between actuarial theory and its practical applications.
The course provides practical experience of working with PROPHET, a market-leading actuarial software package used by commercial companies worldwide for profit testing, valuation and model office work.
Modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations, or by a combination of coursework and examinations.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
We aim to help students develop:
In addition, the Year in Industry enables students to gain awareness of the application of technical concepts in the workplace.
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
You gain actuarial science skills in the following:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
Mathematics at Kent was ranked 19th for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.
The Actuarial Science programme allows you to gain exemptions from the professional examinations set by the UK actuarial profession, so our graduates have a head start when looking to qualify as actuaries. It also provides an excellent foundation for careers in many other areas of finance and risk.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in:
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
You graduate with an excellent grounding in the fundamental concepts and principles of actuarial science, together with practical experience in the use of industry-standard actuarial software.
To help you appeal to employers, you also learn key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
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