|Guaranteed ATAR||92 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.|
|STAT entry||Not accepted. May be used to meet English competence requirements. STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Actuaries analyse mathematical, statistical, demographic, financial and economic data in order to predict and assess the effects of long-term risks involved in financial decisions and planning. They find strategies for minimising the impact of undesirable events on business and industrial organisations.
Actuaries are often tasked with solving business problems. For example, they may analyse future financial events, especially when the amount or timing of a payment is uncertain. Actuaries may also assess when and where devastating storms may hit to help predict risks, and their associated costs, for investments or insurance.
In this course, you will develop the mathematical and statistical techniques relevant to model industrial and commercial processes against a financial and economic background. You will also learn to identify the risk factors and determine the price and cost of those risks.
In your third year you will choose to specialise in actuarial science or actuarial and applied statistics. To be eligible for entry to the actuarial science major, there is a minimum course-weighted average mark that you must have achieved.
This course can help you become a:
- Business Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Risk Manager
High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
English language proficiency
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)
Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.
ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.
You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.
Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.
Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.
- Curtin is the only university in Western Australia which offers an actuarial science course that has been accredited by the Institute of Actuaries Australia, and one of only seven universities offering this course in Australia.
- There is a strong demand for actuarial graduates in Perth
- Our school is still relatively small. We actively assist our graduates to gain employment through our work experience program
- The QS World Rankings 2012 lists Curtin as one of the top 100 universities in the world to study statistics and operational management.
- Actuaries are in demand internationally, in industries that increasingly extend beyond the traditional finance and insurance fields.
- Opportunities may exist in health and education, the environment and climate change, public infrastructure, genetics and risk management for large companies.
Actuaries are able to provide a financial evaluation of risk for companies, which may be instrumental in strategic management decisions. Throughout the course you will develop extensive knowledge of mathematics, probability, statistics, principles of finance and business, helping you to graduate career-ready.
You can also gain exemptions in the equivalent subjects for the Part I exams for the Actuaries Institute.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
- More about studying at Curtin
- Visit the WA Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) website
- Visit the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website
- Visit the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) website
- Our admission appeals and grievance process
Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Applicants with other international qualifications
Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.