Originally Posted by PieForPi
Ah, but most of the courses you're talking about also have minimum grade and subject requirements also, thus negating those who can do super in things like humanities but do badly at maths.
Well the problem was never that there were people who were bad
at maths getting into prestigious maths courses. And no it doesn't negate the anomaly, it alleviates it. That's not really good enough. There isn't a course in the country that requires you to have an A in a related school subject, for example. The most a lot of them require is an HB3, and even they are in the minority. As most people would agree, there is a massive difference between getting an HB3 in Mathematics, and a HA1.
So it doesn't negate it at all.
But more importantly
, it still means students use courses like English and History to tip ahead of other candidates in more scientific fields (& vice versa).
Take the example again of maths in TCD. Points are 565.
The student who scores an A1 in Maths and Applied Maths, but gets Higher level Bs in everything else might not get in.
On the other hand, the student who gets a Higher B3 in Maths, and gets As in History, Art, English, Business, & Home Economics walks in without any problem.
Does that seem fair?