In response to "A levels can be a rude awakening" (9 March), I completely agree with what was said. However, as an A-level student, I can give a first-hand account. After the first week of my chosen subjects at A level (physics, chemistry, maths and geography) I swapped because I felt that I was incapable of doing those subjects despite gaining A*s in them at GCSE. I felt misguided by teachers who pushed me to take those subjects despite my having minimal knowledge of them because of being "spoonfed" the answers at GCSE. I do not believe that students can be completely to blame for poor exam results. They are merely acting on poor advice from teachers at their schools.
Sophie McAuliffe, A-level student.