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Jieay's Year 13 GYG - Actuarial Science applicant (2023/2024)

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Reply 80
19/11/2023

Dedicated today to revising for my biology test on Thursday then everything afterwards will be in order to put myself in a good position for mocks in January.

Completed:
-Biology Module 6 Flashcards
-Biology Module 5 Flashcards
-Biology Folder organisation
-Make flashcards on module 6 topic questions
-Started module 5 topic questions

To do:
-Finish module 5 topic questions
-Complete biology past paper for thursday test
-Research NMR spectroscopy (chemistry)
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content
-Revise for mocks
Reply 81
Original post by Jieay20
13/11/2023

-Received conditional offer from UEA
-Received conditional offer from Kent

Just waiting on responses from York and Leicester now πŸ™‚

congratulations πŸ˜€ well deserved!!
Original post by Jieay20
15/11/2023

-Received my final offer from Leicester!!! 5/5 offers achieved πŸ˜€

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).

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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. πŸ˜…

Congrats on all your contextual offers!
Keep up the great work you've been doing 😊

Best wishes
Essex Student Rep - Hayley
Original post by Jieay20
15/11/2023

-Received my final offer from Leicester!!! 5/5 offers achieved πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜…

Hi @Jieay20

Congratulations on your offer from University of Leicester and good luck on your studying. You seem like a hard working student and wish you all the best on your A-Levels! πŸ™‚

Best wishes!

Sumayyah
UK Student Recruitment Assistant
(Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience)
Original post by Jieay20
Yeah you're right. I think York has motivated me more considering they've predicted above my predicted grades and they'll be my firm choice. Also I think my teachers have almost been trying to talk me into going for my easier picks but I'd rather retake than go to Essex or Kent so I'm definitely pushing for A's now.

York seems like a decent RG, mid-range but still decent.

I tend to agree of retaking rather than Essex/Kent because Kent/Essex are crap universities.

BTW congrats on all the 5 offers!

In terms of ranking, I tend to use QS ranking.
Reply 85
Original post by EssexStudentRep
Congrats on all your contextual offers!
Keep up the great work you've been doing 😊

Best wishes
Essex Student Rep - Hayley

Thank you Hayley! πŸ˜€
Reply 86
Original post by University of Leicester
Hi @Jieay20

Congratulations on your offer from University of Leicester and good luck on your studying. You seem like a hard working student and wish you all the best on your A-Levels! πŸ™‚

Best wishes!

Sumayyah
UK Student Recruitment Assistant
(Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience)

I aspire to be as hard-working as everyone says I am haha, thank you for the kind words! πŸ˜€
Reply 87
Original post by ActiveEccentric
York seems like a decent RG, mid-range but still decent.

I tend to agree of retaking rather than Essex/Kent because Kent/Essex are crap universities.

BTW congrats on all the 5 offers!

In terms of ranking, I tend to use QS ranking.

Yeah, problem is I know a lot of the best universities for Actuarial Science are in London (Bayes Business School, Queen Mary and LSE) or Scotland (Heriot-Watt) and I don't really want to go to either for 4 years. If I had to pick it would be Scotland. Other then that the best places other than York would probably be Manchester for Actuarial Science or taking MORSE at Warwick but considering I don't take Further Maths (regrettably) and I am well below their entry requirements there is no chance of me making it to either.

To be fair, I thought applying for York (which was AAA) was too aspirational so I would still be really excited to go there. But we'll have to see how I do in the real exams I guess 😊

Also, at York I get to do a foundation year which should put me ahead of other applicants for graduate roles come the end of my degree, as I will already have a years experience. Hopefully, that puts me in a better position.
(edited 2 weeks ago)
Reply 88
20/11/2023

5 weeks until Christmas!!! πŸŽ„

Completed:
-Consolidated y13 integration work.
-Climate change topic questions (biology)
-Energy and Ecosystems topic questions (biology)
-Attended a chemistry revision session but no one else showed up 😭 (she sent me away and gave me a paper to complete for next monday)
-Biology module 5 flashcards review.

To do:
-Write up antibiotic practical test results (tomorrow)
-Research NMR spectroscopy (tomorrow hopefully)
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content
-Revise for mocks

I just want to get this biology test over and done with, I feel like I've been spending forever revising for it. Also, we've nearly completed the course for biology and chemistry so that should give me 4-5 months of pure revision for the actual exams which will be good. πŸ˜€
Original post by Jieay20
15/11/2023

-Received my final offer from Leicester!!! 5/5 offers achieved πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜…

ooo i havent applied yet but york is my top choice atm, so i might firm it too if i get an offer :smile:! well done you for getting 5/5 :biggrin:
Original post by Jieay20
Yeah, problem is I know a lot of the best universities for Actuarial Science are in London (Bayes Business School, Queen Mary and LSE) or Scotland (Heriot-Watt) and I don't really want to go to either for 4 years. If I had to pick it would be Scotland. Other then that the best places other than York would probably be Manchester for Actuarial Science or taking MORSE at Warwick but considering I don't take Further Maths (regrettably) and I am well below their entry requirements there is no chance of me making it to either.

To be fair, I thought applying for York (which was AAA) was too aspirational so I would still be really excited to go there. But we'll have to see how I do in the real exams I guess 😊

Also, at York I get to do a foundation year which should put me ahead of other applicants for graduate roles come the end of my degree, as I will already have a years experience. Hopefully, that puts me in a better position.

Considering your grades in math and considering FM is relatively difficult, it may be for the best, but then, can't run back time.

A foundation year when you already have good-ish A-levels, to me it's merely the waste of a year. But you do you.
Reply 91
Original post by ActiveEccentric
Considering your grades in math and considering FM is relatively difficult, it may be for the best, but then, can't run back time.

A foundation year when you already have good-ish A-levels, to me it's merely the waste of a year. But you do you.

Meant a year in industry my bad πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm traumatised from all these foundation years I've been looking at
Reply 92
Original post by emm4nuella
ooo i havent applied yet but york is my top choice atm, so i might firm it too if i get an offer :smile:! well done you for getting 5/5 :biggrin:

Be sure to keep me updated on your offers!!! Hopefully we'll both be at York next year :smile:
Original post by Jieay20
Meant a year in industry my bad πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm traumatised from all these foundation years I've been looking at

I suppose it is quite good for employment. I personally wouldn't - I want to get things done quick, and I could always do summer research internships.

But you do you, and congrats on the 5/5 offers. Hopefully you get into York! Seems like a decent university.
Reply 94
21/11/2023

Completed:
-More biology revision 😴
-Caught up practical book.
-Module 5 bio flashcards

To do:
-Photosynthesis & Population in ecosystems topic questions (bio).
-Past paper for biology test on Thursday.
-Complete Maths homework
-Revise for mocks
Original post by Jieay20
21/11/2023

Completed:
-More biology revision 😴
-Caught up practical book.
-Module 5 bio flashcards

To do:
-Photosynthesis & Population in ecosystems topic questions (bio).
-Past paper for biology test on Thursday.
-Complete Maths homework
-Revise for mocks

yes good job <3!
Reply 96
22/11/2023

Should be all ready for my biology test tomorrow, fingers crossed.

Completed:
-Y12 mechanics revision session.
-Module 6 biology flashcards
-Biology topic questions
-Biology past paper (going to mark now)

To do:
-Complete maths homework(s)
-Find out biology mock content (tomorrow hopefully, finally, maybe 🀦)
-Revise for mocks

Also got full marks on a chemistry quiz like thing today so maybe the revision is paying off πŸ˜…
(edited 1 week ago)
Hi @ActiveEccentric!

I am currently on a year in industry myself and while I understand wanting to get things done quicker, the employment benefits are immeasurable.

Everyone will graduate with a degree, but things like a year in industry and summer research internships will not only give you experience to talk about in interviews, but also be more appealing to employers in the future, making post graduation to workplace transition much smoother.

You could not have put it better saying you do you, but it is also perfectly fine if you have a change of heart in the coming years!

Best wishes,

Lucas
UK Student Outreach Assistant
BSc Accounting 3rd Year
Reply 98
23/11/2023

Completed:
-Maths integration HW
-Biology mock material
-Biology module 5/6 class test.

To do:
-Maths statistics HW
-Chemistry module 3 revision
-Chemistry NMR spectroscopy notes.
-Revise for mocks.
Original post by Jieay20
23/11/2023

Completed:
-Maths integration HW
-Biology mock material
-Biology module 5/6 class test.

To do:
-Maths statistics HW
-Chemistry module 3 revision
-Chemistry NMR spectroscopy notes.
-Revise for mocks.

well done! keep going, you've got this!! πŸ™‚

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