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CT1 Financial Mathematics

The aim of the Financial Mathematics subject is to provide a grounding in financial mathematics and its simple applications

CT1 is one of the nine Core Technical (CT) subjects. Students need to pass or obtain exemptions from all of the CT subjects. Visit Exam exemptions for more information about how to apply for exemptions from the professional exams.

There are two opportunities each year to sit this exam: in April, and in September/October

For the April exam sitting, bookings will open in January/February each year; for the September/October exam sitting, bookings will open in July. Exam bookings are open for a limited period for each exam, and you must make your application by the appropriate closing date. You will need to pay the exam fee when you apply for the exam.

2018 examinations for non-members

With the introduction of our new Curriculum 2019, we have made changes to the exam options available to our non-members. Previously a non-member could only apply for the CT1 exam. However as we approach the new Curriculum 2019 examinations and we only had two exam sittings left of the current curriculum, we have offered our non-members the following options:

  • For the April 2018 exams, non-members were able to apply for either CT1 (Financial Mathematics) or CT3 (Probability and Mathematical Statistics). This gave non-members the option to complete the CT1 exam if they had been studying towards this; or to take CT3 which if passed will gain a CS1 in 2019.
  • For the September 2018 exams, non-members were only able to apply for CT3. This is because CT1 and CT5 are merging under the new curriculum and passes in both will be required to gain the CM1 exam in 2019.

The Actuarial Education Company (ActEd), provides study material and tuition for this subject, as do a number of courses listed on our University courses with exemptions page

The exams will be based on the syllabus as supported by the core reading. The ActEd course material will be the main source of tuition as it expands on the core reading. However, if you need clarification on some points, or want to read further, then you may find it useful to consult the texts suggested on the Resources page to get a different viewpoint.

The recommended study time for this exam is between 125 and 150 hours depending on your past educational background in the subject.

To gain exemptions through a university course, it is necessary to successfully complete the full degree or diploma and to gain sufficiently high marks to qualify for subject exemptions

Check our list of University courses with exemptions.

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