Straight A people usually are dismissive of general studies because its not an exam you can revise for thus they normally get worse results in it. I'd say it was a good show of raw general knowledge, intelligence and debating/essay writing skills.
Uni's do look at all your grades, just becouse they don't use it as an entry subject, i mean you'd be dumb not to, what if you had two people with BBB results one has a GS at B and the other at U, who'd you take just from looking at the results?
hardly any unis take GS seriously
That's true. I feel better now. By the way, I don't take general studies anyway.
Why not just do GS its no extra course work for another A-level grade. Just have to turn up to the exam and shine, just becouse you're bad at something doesn't make it worthless.
General Studies is only useful to you if you apply to uni after you get your grades, before then who cares what you get predicted in GS? An A at A-level GS shows that you have a good intellectual capacity and are aware of the world around you (for my GS I wrote an essay about scottish devolution), it shows you have reasonable mathematics skills and have a basic grasp of another language - enough to communicate. It is not a completely useless A-level, but I think it means more if you aren't given lessons for it (like at my old school).