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Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science

Bachelor Honours Degree

BH-ACTUAR

Course
Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) (Honours)
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Learn to predict the effects of long-term risk in financial decisions and planning.

Actuarial Science

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Top 20

Curtin is ranked in the top 20 young universities globally (2019 QS top 50 under 50)

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

This course enables students to pursue further studies in actuarial applications in order to fulfil the part ll requirements of the Actuaries Institute, and to undertake their own significant research project in interesting actuarial areas.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • The Part ll subjects are only offered in universities but not through the Actuaries Institute.
  • Employers in insurance and superannuation generally highly recognise actuarial graduates who complete this Honours course.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course covers Part II of the Australian actuarial education system and is accredited by the Actuarial Institute

Career information

Actuaries generally work in the following areas:

  • Life Insurance
  • General Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Superannuation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Risk Management

Visit the Actuaries Institute website for more information.

What you'll learn

  • employ a holistic approach to understand the context of a problem;apply professional capabilities to identify a problem, research and interpret the data and apply appropriate techniques to develop an effective solution;
  • understand contemporary issues from a range of different perspectives; engage with others to develop a shared awareness of cross-cultural differences;
  • apply discipline knowledge, critical thinking and judgement to assess challenging, relevant problems and develop creative, innovative solutions
  • demonstrate a high level of awareness of relevant global developments; apply professional conduct, including self-reflection and ongoing learning, to respond and adapt to change
  • access, analyse and interpret relevant material, applying appropriate computer software and Actuarial Control Cycle approach; communicate effectively and in a professional manner using digital technology as appropriate to the audience and purpose;
  • collaborate with others in a manner consistent with professional practices in order to solve problems relevant to industry, government and the wider community in a timely and effective manner

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Entry into this course requires the completion of Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) with an average of 75% or higher at Curtin or equivalent, for both local and international students. Students will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) or equivalent, with a course weighted (CWA) of 75% or above; and
  • students must have passed 6 out of the 8 Part 1 Institute Exemptions.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) or equivalent with a course weighted average (CWA) of 75% or above; and
  • students must have passed 6 out of the 8 Part 1 Institute Exemptions.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Entry into this course requires the completion of Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) with an average of 75% or higher at Curtin or equivalent, for both local and international students. Students will be assessed on a case by case basis.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $10,540*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: BH-ACTUAR
  • CRICOS code: 066674A
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019