Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    Hi! Just wondering if an A level student joining a Scottish University degree course is at any great disadvantage, socially or academically, in particular for Act Sci @ Heriot-Watt? I appreciate that there is no soft year, that you would be straight into the tougher work, counting towards the degree. Is it difficult to pick up the subject or are allowances made for 2nd year entry?
    Also are there enough 2nd year students to bond socially, or is it a feeling of trying to break into established groups?
    I am from N. Ireland, and not really interested in doing the extra first year if I didn't have to, because of fees etc. Thanks
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    While I don't do Acturial Science I know 1 or 2 people who do. The main issue with direct entry in 2nd year for actuarial science is that you can't do a 1st year module called "introductory macroeconomics" which gives one of the exemptions if you score well enough in it. You can still get the other 7 if you do "finance and financial reporting" in 2nd year instead of "numerical analysis".

    If you stay in halls then most other people will treat you like a first year so you don't really miss out on any of the social aspects. I believe actuarial science has quite a few people who do direct entry each year but I can't give you exact numbers. The only issue I've heard of people having academically is that the statistics in 2nd year can get hard quite quickly if you haven't done enough previously.

    EDIT: At Heriot Watt, rest of UK students (which you are if you're from northern Ireland) only pay for 3 years if they complete a 4 year degree here so that you pay the same price as you would at a university in another part of the UK.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by qno2)
    While I don't do Acturial Science I know 1 or 2 people who do. The main issue with direct entry in 2nd year for actuarial science is that you can't do a 1st year module called "introductory macroeconomics" which gives one of the exemptions if you score well enough in it. You can still get the other 7 if you do "finance and financial reporting" in 2nd year instead of "numerical analysis".

    If you stay in halls then most other people will treat you like a first year so you don't really miss out on any of the social aspects. I believe actuarial science has quite a few people who do direct entry each year but I can't give you exact numbers. The only issue I've heard of people having academically is that the statistics in 2nd year can get hard quite quickly if you haven't done enough previously.

    EDIT: At Heriot Watt, rest of UK students (which you are if you're from northern Ireland) only pay for 3 years if they complete a 4 year degree here so that you pay the same price as you would at a university in another part of the UK.

    Thank-you! I didn't know any of that, that's really, really useful. It definitely wouldn't be necessarily a bad thing if I dropped a grade and had to do year 1
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
Updated: December 2, 2014

University open days

  • Heriot-Watt University
    All Schools Postgraduate
    Wed, 21 Nov '18
Poll
Black Friday: Yay or Nay?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.