How to register as a student

On this page you will find information about the educational requirements for membership of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and how to join as a student member.

See the page How do I register as a Student Actuarial Analyst? for information about the Certified Actuarial Analyst qualification.

You'll need to become an actuarial student* to enter our exams, or to apply for exemptions. To join, download and complete an application form. This can then be emailed or posted to us, with your supporting documents.

* You can take Subject CT1 if you are not a student member. The Financial Mathematics for Non-members page will give you more information about this.

Deadlines for receipt of your admission application form if you want to enter the exams:

As you can not enter for your first exams until you have been admitted as a student the Education Services Team must receive your application by the appropriate date below.

Exam sitting Application to be received by
  Applicants from: UK and Ireland Applicants from: Rest of the world
April 2016 14 December 2015 30 November 2015

All students joining the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries on or after 1 March 2012 will need to have passed the Professional Awareness Test before they can take Subject CT9.

Admission criteria for students

1. The application form can be downloaded on the right of this page.

2. The application form, which requires details of the applicant’s educational qualifications and the signatures of two referees, should be submitted, together with the necessary documentation, to the Education Services Team in Oxford.

3. Applicants are required to include payment of the appropriate entrance fee and subscription with their application.

4. Students will normally be admitted if they have achieved the following educational standards:

For those who hold a degree:

  • A Third Class Honours degree which includes a pass in mathematical sciences as a major subject; or
  • A First or Second Class Honours degree in any subject, together with at least Grade C at Advanced ('A') level in any mathematical subject or equivalent from another awarding body.

For those who do not hold a degree the minimum requirements to become a student are:

  • An A level in mathematics at Grade B or above together with an A level at Grade C in any other subject; or
  • Three Scottish National Qualifications Authority Higher passes, one of which must be in mathematics at Grade A; or
  • The Irish Leaving Certificate in at least five subjects; one of the passes must be in mathematics at Grade A; or
  • The CT1 exam of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, taken as a non-member; or
  • Other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent to the above.

Overseas students will be required to meet equivalent standards to those above through comparable qualifications.

5. Applicants who do not have the capacity to gain a good honours degree, or do not have adequate proficiency in English, are likely to experience particular difficulty with the exams.

To become an actuary, you need to pass, or be exempted from, all the relevant exams and practical exams, and to complete a learning log showing the work-based skills you've acquired over three years (Fellow) or one year (Associate).

For advice on how to complete your form, and for general enquiries, please contact: or +44 (0)1865 268207

To find out more about becoming an actuary, please contact: or +44 (0)1865 268228

If you would like to speak to a Career Ambassador, please contact:

Overseas students