BSc Actuarial Science Admission Requirements for UK Universities

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There are several universities which offer BSc actuarial science training in UK. Admission requirements for each university are as given below:

London School of Economics and Political Science BSc Actuarial Science admission requirements

GCSEs
A strong set of GCSE grades including several at A (or 7) and A* (or 8-9)
GCSE English and Mathematics grades should also be no lower than B (or 6)
We also consider your overall GCSE subject profile

A-levels
AAA, with an A in Mathematics
We also consider your AS grades, if available.

IB Diploma
38 points overall, with 766 in higher level subjects, including Mathematics.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you are predicted or if you achieve the grades that meet our usual standard offer, this will not guarantee you an offer of admission. Usual standard offers are intended only as a guide, and in some cases applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this.

We express our standard offers and, where applicable, programme requirements, in terms of A-levels and the IB, but we consider applications from students with a range of qualifications including BTECs, Foundation Courses and Access to HE Diplomas as well as a wide range of international qualifications.

Subject combinations

  • Mathematics at A-level or equivalent is required, and Further Mathematics at least at AS level is highly desirable.
  • The programme is highly quantitatively oriented, and quantitatively oriented A-level courses such as Physics or Chemistry form good preparations for the programme but are not required.
  • Good marks for any quantitative courses at GCSE level are also desirable.

Website link: http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/Degree-programmes-2021/BSc-Actuarial-Science

The University of Manchester BSc Actuarial Science and Mathematics / Entry requirements

A-level

We typically accept the following results at GCE A level:

A* (Mathematics) AA to A (Mathematics) AA

A-level Further Maths is preferred but not essential. Those offering Further Maths are more likely to receive the AAA offer.  Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.  This is likely to be made explicit in any offer you receive.

Duration of A-level study

If you either sat your examinations early or followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years, your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course.If you have studied an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact us for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects to include 6 in HL Mathematics.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only.

Alternative entry requirements

Alternative entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.

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English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE English Language grade C or better , or 4 or better;
  • IELTS with an overall score of at least 6.5 (including a writing score of at least 6.0 and no other component less than 5.5), or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

Additionally, our individual Departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here. Please note that if you hold English as a second language IGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your IGCSE than the one stated above.  Please contact us for clarification.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Website link: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/2020/07383/bsc-actuarial-science-and-mathematics/entry-requirements/

University of York BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science Admission Requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels AAA including Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 85% average, including 85% in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points including Higher Level 6 in Maths
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
EPQ If you achieve B or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
Core Maths If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

Website link: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-actuarial-science/#entry

University of Kent Actuarial Science with a Year in Industry – BSc (Hons) admission requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.

Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made.Please also see our general entry requirements.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level AAB including Mathematics at grade A. Use of Maths A level is not accepted as a required subject. Only one of General Studies or Critical Thinking can count as a third A level.

If taking both A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics:

ABB including Mathematics at grade A and Further Mathematics at grade B. Use of Maths A level is not accepted as a required subject. Only one of General Studies or Critical Thinking can count as a third A level.

Access to HE Diploma The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma) 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.
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall or 17 points at HL including Mathematics 6 at HL

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

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 Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

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. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

Website link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/6/actuarial-science-with-a-year-in-industry

University of Leicester Mathematics and Actuarial Science BSc admission requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. Plus A-level Maths at grade A-B. We may consider substantial Level 3 Maths Access credits in place of A-level Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including 5 points in Maths at HL.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Extended Diploma with DDM plus A-level Maths at Grade A-B. Please contact Admissions regarding eligibility

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for:

  • International Foundation Year – Engineering and Technology run by the Global Study Centre. This course is for international students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.
  • Mathematics with Foundation Year BSc run by the School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science. This course is for all students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Website link: https://le.ac.uk/courses/mathematics-and-actuarial-science-bsc/2020

University of East Anglia BSc Actuarial Science (with a Year in Industry) Admission Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Mathematics grade A. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points with HL 6 in Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Mathematics grade B
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 including Mathematics and 3 subjects at H3.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 including 12 Level 3 credits in Mathematics and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM in IT, Science based or Business alongside grade A A-Level Mathematics. Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall including 85% in Mathematics.

Entry Requirement

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C/4 or above and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above at GCSE.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes.

BSc Computing Science with a Foundation Year (G414)

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track.

However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September of each year

Alternative Qualifications

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics at a minimum Grade C/4 or above and English Language at a minimum of Grade C/4 or above at GCSE.

Website link: https://www2.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/degree/detail/bsc-actuarial-science-with-a-year-in-industry

Heriot Watt University BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AAAB including Mathematics at A
  • A-Levels AAB including Mathematics at A
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with higher level Mathematics at 6
  • BTEC DDD including sufficient Mathematics

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers ABBC including Mathematics at A
  • A-Levels ABC including Mathematics at A

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers AAB including Mathematics at A plus excellent Highers
  • A-Levels AAA including Mathematics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with higher level Mathematics at 7
  • BTEC DDD including sufficient Mathematics

Additional information

  • You may have the opportunity to transfer to our Malaysia Campus for one semester or for one academic year, subject to satisfactory academic progress. Learn more about campus transfer and exchange opportunities.
  • If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at [email protected]
  • For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualificationsmature candidates and overseas students.
  • Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.
  • To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.

English language requirements

  • The minimum requirement for English language for all our undergraduate Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics courses is IELTS 6.5. Please see our English language requirements.

Website link: https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/study/undergraduate/actuarial-science.htm

Queen Mary University of London Mathematics with Actuarial Science Admission Requirements

A-Level Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.
IB International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 – 34 points overall, including 6,6,6 – 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level.
BTEC See our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HE We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics or Mathematics based discipline. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSE Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
Contextualised admissions We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Website link: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2020/mathematics-with-actuarial-science/

University of Strathclyde Glasglow BSc Actuarial Science Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Academic requirements Minimum second-class honours degree or international equivalent in:

  • engineering
  • science subjects (eg physics, chemistry or computing science)
  • business subjects (eg business studies, accounting or economics)

Prospective students with relevant experience or appropriate professional qualifications are also welcome to apply.

For Australia and Canada, normal degrees in relevant disciplines are accepted.

Mathematical knowledge Some prior mathematical knowledge is required, for example:

  • A level or equivalent or undergraduate classes in:
    • Calculus
    • Linear Algebra
    • Differential equations
    • Probability
    • Statistics

If possible, please provide evidence of this in your application  (eg transcript, certificate, etc)

Any queries, please email our faculty directly on [email protected]

English language requirements For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests other than IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Potential students should note that this is an interdisciplinary course and the business classes, particularly Economics, do require a commitment to doing a lot of reading and working at understanding the concepts covered. For success in these classes, students therefore need to be comfortable reading in English.

Website link: https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/actuarialscience/

University of Essex BSc Actuarial Science Admission Requirements

UK and EU applicants:

All applications for degree courses with a foundation year (Year Zero) will be considered individually, whether you

  • think you might not have the grades to enter the first year of a degree course;
  • have non-traditional qualifications or experience (e.g. you haven’t studied A-levels or a BTEC);
  • are returning to university after some time away from education; or
  • are looking for more support during the transition into university study.

Standard offer:

Our standard offer is 72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

For this course all applicants must also hold GCSE Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). We may be able to consider a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills Maths where you cannot meet the requirements for Maths at GCSE level. However, you are advised to try to retake GCSE Mathematics if possible as this will better prepare you for university study and future employment.

If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Mature applicants and non-traditional academic backgrounds:

We welcome applications from mature students (over 21) and students with non-traditional academic backgrounds (might not have gone on from school to take level 3 qualifications). We will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference, to gain a rounded view of your suitability for the course.

You will still need to meet our GCSE requirements.

International applicants:

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Swansea University BSc Actuarial Science Admission Requirements

A levels: grades AAA to include Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

BTEC: DDD plus grade A in A Level Mathematics.

Scottish Highers: AABBB plus grade A in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate: 36 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.

Website link: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/science/mathematics/bsc-actuarial-science-n323/

Leeds University Actuarial Mathematics BSc Entry Requirements

A-level: AAA/A*AB including Grade A in Mathematics.

Alternatively, AAB/A*BB including Further Mathematics where the first grade quoted is Mathematics, or AAB/A*BB where the first grade quoted is in Mathematics plus A in AS Further Mathematics.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

GCSE: You must also have GCSE English at grade C (4) or above (or equivalent).

  • Access to HE Diploma

Normally only accepted in combination with grade A in A Level Mathematics or equivalent.

  • BTEC

BTEC qualifications in relevant disciplines are considered in combination with other qualifications, including grade A in A-level mathematics, or equivalent

  • Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/M1 or D2/M1/M1. If further mathematics is being taken we ask for D3/M1/M1 or D2/M1/M2.

  • International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

H1 in Mathematics, H2 grades in four other subjects, and H3 grade in one further subject in your Irish Leaving Certificate

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Suitable combinations of Scottish Higher and Advanced Highers are acceptable, though mathematics must be presented at Advanced Higher level. Typically AAAAB Including grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics.

  • Other Qualifications

We also welcome applications from students on the Northern Consortium UK International Foundation Year programme, the University of Leeds International Foundation Year, and other foundation years with a high mathematical content.

Website link: https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/f702/actuarial-mathematics-bsc#section3