(Original post by Chumbaniya)
I don't think there's any sense splitting the system on a points basis. Discerning universities already consider certain subjects to be good (maths, physics, history etc.) and others not so good (sociology, psychology etc.)
Why does everyone consider psychology some sort of 'mickey mouse' subject? I found it the most difficult of my a-levels and harder than english and history which i also studied, and my friend who does maths physics and psychology has said that psychology was by far her most difficult subject.
Especially for A2 you need to know all about the biological approach, which means studying the strucure of the brain and drug treatments for mental disorders, for example. Took more revision and made my brain ache more than any other subject!
It just annoys me that people have such a negative opinion of psychology a-level - when many do not even know what the subject involves.
In relation to the original topic, to repeat what other have said, UCAS points don't make that much of a difference when applying to ''Russell Group'' and similar universities anyway, I don't even have a clue how much grades are worth on the UCAS tariff!
I think universities liasing more with schools to teach people about science degrees and what they involve, and also career prospects, might help to make science degrees more attractive, especially if you catch people at about GCSE age before they have chosen their A-levels. Sort of useless after that because if you're not studying science subjects already, trying to persuade people to do science degrees will be a pretty futile exercise!
However at the end of the day people are always going to study the subjects they enjoy, and being lured into a degree which isn't what the person really wants to do by financial or UCAS points rewards, isn't going to do much good for the person themselves or the country!