One of the minimum criteria is the need to have 22 UCAS points. However, there is strong evidence that including a science or mathematics subject in your A-levels will effectively reduce your eventual UCAS points score by up to 2 or 3 points each time.
Setting a general minimum of 22 will therefore discriminate against the very graduates we arealready so short of - namely science and mathematics.
The criteria mean that candidates who, for example, have first or upper second-class chemistry or physics or mathematics degrees but who started their undergraduate course with, say, two Cs and a B will be rejected and that the new courses will fill the places with even more history or English graduates. How bizarre!
Department of Education
University of Newcastle