-Received my final offer from Leicester!!! 5/5 offers achieved 😀
Here's a summary of all my offers, in order of priority:
1) University of York - ABB (Contextual - reduced from AAA)
2) University of East Anglia, UEA, - BBB (Contextual - reduced from AAB)
3) University of Leicester - BBC (Contextual - reduced from ABB)
4) University of Essex - BCC (Contextual - reduced from BBB)
5) University of Kent - CCC (Foundation Year).
York & East Anglia Courses: BSc Actuarial Science with a year in industry. (4 years)
Leicester & Essex Courses: BSc Actuarial Science. (3 years)
Kent Course: BSc Actuarial Science with a foundation year. (4 years)
Some notes about my courses (if you are interested):
My current thought is to firm York and insurance UEA then run the gauntlet that I will get A/Bs in all my subjects - which I don't believe I am currently too far off. Although, I am going to wait until I visit York in February as I would like to meet the lecturers as I know for a fact the lecturers from UEA are qualified actuaries and both of them have worked in the industry for 20-30 years. I won't be able to confirm this with York until I've been there.
All my courses provide 6 exemptions from professional exams so no matter what course I get into I will only have to pass 7 exams post graduating to become a qualified FIA.
I have seen some sources saying York is the 2nd best uni for ActSci (behind LSE) in the UK although I've heard other subjects saying that it is behind LSE, Bayes Business School, Heriot-Watt and even Kent or Leicester in some sources. But I guess I will be able to figure that out when I go there and speak to the lecturers and staff.
I think I will attend applicant open days for every university (bar maybe Kent because I don't really want to do a foundation year), although I am pretty settled on my firm and insurance choices and personally I think the year in industry is almost as important as the degree itself for securing graduate roles.
Also, I know for a fact that UEA have great links with industry as Aviva is located in Norwich and they have just agreed a partnership with a new insurance firm. Also, I'm sure York also has good connections with industry as I know some insurance firms based in York (Aviva again).
Overall, I have a while now to refine my choices and decide where I really want to go, visiting York's campus in person will definitely give me a stronger idea of where I want to end up. But it's reassuring to know that now I just need to focus on the grades and the universities are ready to accept me come June. 😅