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Finance with Actuarial Science

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Must include A Level Maths grade A. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and native language subjects. Please note GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Please note this qualification is only accepted for entry onto this course whereby an applicant also holds A Level Maths grade A. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

Must include Pre-U Maths grade D3 or above. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and native language subjects. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

Must include 18 points across three Higher Level subjects, including grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and either grade 4 in Higher Level or grade 5 in Standard Level English, or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Please note this qualification is only accepted for entry onto this course whereby an applicant also holds A Level Maths grade A. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Must include Maths grade A at Advanced Higher Level. Please note this should include a minimum three subjects at Advanced Higher (grades AAA) and a minimum two other subjects at Higher (grades AA). Additionally English at either level or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

UCAS Tariff

144-165

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Finance

Actuarial science

The BSc (Hons) Finance with Actuarial Science degree is delivered by Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), one of Europe’s leading business schools. Part of City, University of London, Bayes is ranked amongst the top 6 business schools in the UK*.

Actuarial science involves the application of quantitative skills to problems in finance that normally involve risk or uncertainty. If you are fascinated by the financial world and have a passion and talent for mathematics, particularly modelling and probability, the Finance with Actuarial Science degree might be the ideal course for you.

The BSc (Hons) Finance with Actuarial Science degree will equip you with financial risk management and analysis skills that will boost your career prospects in investment management, risk management or actuarial science. The focus on investment strategy and portfolio/equity investment management distinguishes this course from standard actuarial science degrees, including our own BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science.
Discover the different aspects of the financial world and in particular how assessing and managing risk is vital for success. To develop the skills you need to understand these ideas, you’ll take a mixture of financial, mathematical, statistical and actuarial modules. You will apply your new technical and analytical skills to solve a wide range of business problems.

In the first year your focus is on building a firm foundation in mathematics, statistics and economics as you begin to develop your understanding of financial risk.

In the second and third years you will broaden your understanding of the financial markets. This will include analysing the various types of financial instruments that are available, how they are valued and how they can be used to provide suitable solutions to financial problems involving risk and return. You will also produce a self-researched final-year project on an area that interests and reflects your ambitions.
Many of our lecturers are qualified actuaries and have worked in the finance sector and continue to consult for corporate organisations, so you will benefit from their first-hand knowledge and business experience. As we place a high value on teaching both theory and application, you will emerge from your degree with a good understanding of how to use your newly acquired knowledge in the workplace.

A key part of this degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience or a period of study abroad. Students are eligible to apply for a one-year paid work placement during the third year of a four-year sandwich degree course. Bayes students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as insurance and risk management, actuarial investment pricing and capital management. Recent placements include: the Association of British Insurers, Aviva/Friends Life, Prudential and Legal & General.

Students can alternatively apply to spend one year studying abroad during the third year of a four-year sandwich degree course. Students can apply to study at a business school at one of our prestigious partner universities, including the University of Waterloo, Canada; and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Studying abroad enables students to expand their international network of contacts, develop a wider perspective in the worlds of actuarial science and finance and enhance their career prospects.

If you wish to study the BSc (Hons) Finance with Actuarial Science degree, but do not satisfy the entry requirements, the Foundation course can provide students with an entry route onto the programme.

*Financial Times European Business School Ranking 2020

Modules

Year one

In the first year, students study six core modules that provide the foundations for later study, including a mathematics module and introductory courses in financial mathematics, economics, probability and statistics and IT. These modules assume no prior knowledge of the respective subjects beyond those guaranteed by meeting the entry requirements.

Core modules:
— Introduction to Excel and statistical packages
— Career planning
— Financial and investment mathematics
— Introduction to economics
— Mathematics for actuarial science 1
— Probability and statistics 1.

Year two

In year two, the focus moves from mathematics to finance, statistics, probability and actuarial science. Alongside the core modules, students are able to take three elective modules that are based in the areas of finance and actuarial science.
Two of the elective modules enable students to gain exemptions from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ professional examination.

Core modules:
— Calculus and linear algebra
— Derivatives, trading and hedging
— Financial markets
— Fundamentals of finance
— Stochastic models.

Year three

In the final year, four taught core modules allow students to develop an in-depth understanding of finance, while a wide range of electives cover actuarial science, statistics, business and economics. Students are able to undertake a final-year project in an area relevant to their interests and ambitions, alongside two elective modules. Alternatively students are able to take four electives instead. Those wishing to gain the maximum three exemptions from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ examinations that are offered by this degree must select the elective Advanced contingencies.

Core modules:
— Fixed income portfolio management
— Financial engineering."

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices including:

- Coursework
- Unseen written examinations, taking place at the end of each term (or at the end of a year, if a module is taught over two terms)
- Class tests
- Online quizzes and tests, using the Virtual Learning Environment
- Presentation
- Group projects, individual projects.
- Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:

Year 1
71% written, 4% practical, 25% coursework

Year 2
74% written, 0% practical, 26% coursework

Year 3
56% written, 0% practical, 44% coursework.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£20,500
per year
International
£20,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Finance
76%
med
Actuarial science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

36%
UK students
64%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£28,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Business, research and administrative professionals
31%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Administrative occupations: finance

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£28,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Business, research and administrative professionals
31%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Administrative occupations: finance

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£29k

£29k

£39k

£39k

£47k

£47k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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