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UK Practice Modules

The UK Practice Modules (UKPM) are designed to test your knowledge of UK business practice, legislation, regulation and professional guidance notes

The Modules are available in each of the six specialist applications subject and we strongly recommend that every UK based student taking a specialist applications paper takes the relevant UK Practice Module at the same time. You can find the Syllabus for the modules at the end of this page.

P1 - Health and Care P3 - General Insurance P7 - Investment and Finance
P2 - Life Insurance P4 - Pensions  

You need to pass one of these exams to practise in the UK in a reserved role, such as an actuarial function holder, with-profit actuary, reviewing actuary, scheme actuary or Lloyd's Syndicate actuary

To enter for a UK Practice Module exam complete and return the application form. You need to tell us the name of your exam supervisor when you apply for the exam.

In order to sit your UK Practice Module exam during the COVID-2019 restrictions without an invigilator present, you will need to supply self-certification confirming that you will complete the UK Practice Module exam under exam conditions but without an invigilator, as well as providing an employer reference to say you are ‘honourable’ and can be trusted. The employer reference must be from a line manager or higher or from the HR department and should be sent with the UK Practice Module application form to for processing.

You don't need to pass a Practice Module to qualify as a Fellow but we recommend that new qualifiers who have not passed one of these exams while doing their fellowship exams, sit the relevant practice module within 18 months of qualifying.

Each UK Practice Module exam consists of a 90 minute multiple choice exam in two parts, which must be taken under exam conditions overseen by a supervisor who is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

The two parts of the exams are:

  • A generic section (P0) covering the knowledge and understanding of UK business practice, legislation, and regulation. This section is common to all UK Practice Modules and cannot be taken separately.
  • A section specific to the subject specialism. The core reading for the relevant specialist applications exam will be suitable for revising for this section of the UK Practice Module exam.

When you apply for the exam we issue you, by email, with an access code which is valid for 90 days and one exam sitting

If you do not complete your UKPM within this time you will need to re-apply and you will be charged the exam fee.

From 1 July 2019 we will be using the P0 2019 edition of core reading and the new 2019 Practice Module core reading which will be available from the ActED website

Syllabus for the UKPM (2019)       Subjects P0-P7. Syllabus for the 2019 exams                                                                             
Syllabus for the UKPM (2020)                   Subjects P0-P6. Syllabus for the 2020 exams

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