Actuarial Science with a Foundation Year (BSc (Hons))

University of Kent

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
- 4 years

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About Actuarial Science with a Foundation Year at University of Kent

Kent’s specialist degree in Actuarial Science is recognised by the actuarial profession and is taught by professionally qualified and experienced actuaries, giving you the necessary foundation for a rewarding and stimulating career. You study in a brand-new building, providing a modern study environment.

Our degree programme

The BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science at Kent is one of the few programmes available to achieve full accreditation from the UK actuarial profession and provides the first step towards qualifying as an actuary.

As well as developing a core understanding of mathematical and financial concepts and statistical methods, you can gain exemption from eight of the Core Technical subjects (CT1 to CT8) of the professional examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

The programme also provides a good foundation for the later Core Technical subjects. By obtaining the full set of exemptions available during your degree, you could considerably reduce the time it takes you to qualify as an actuary.

In addition to lectures and examples classes, you gain practical experience of working with PROPHET, the market-leading actuarial software package used by commercial companies worldwide for profit testing, valuation and model office work. There are also regular supervised classes, where you can get help and advice on the way you approach problems.

Year in industry

You have the option to take this programme with a year in industry. For more details, see Actuarial Science with a Year in Industry.

Foundation year

This course is designed for students who wish to study Actuarial Science but are applying from a country where secondary education does not reach the level required for direct entry to UK degrees. It is also suitable for those who do not have qualifications in appropriate subjects, or whose grades are not high enough.

Extra activities

Kent is home to the Invicta Actuarial Society. Run by students and staff, it encourages valuable contact with industry professionals. In previous years the Society has organised:

  • open lectures
  • discussions
  • socials and networking events.

You may want to join Kent Maths Society, which is run by students and holds talks, workshops and social activities.

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science puts on regular events that you are welcome to attend. These may include:

  • seminars and workshops
  • employability events. 

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 at undergraduate level and a Merit at Master's level in a relevant discipline, from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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