despite taking sats in year 9, uk students are required to waste all of year ten and eleven doing a GCSE course - not having fun or doing anything else with their free time but revising for exams as well as doing even longer and boring exams spread over lesson time and free time in the form of whats known as coursework. after taking GCSE's, you would think that its over, but then you have to take AS/A levels to (for the third time) show your capabilities whilst wasting more time and doing more work. then you go off and do something else which involves more work etc etc
person001: wanna come to a party
person002: nope sorry i got GCSE coursework/revision
person001: have you ever NOT had a constant stream of overdue coursework/revision in the last 2 years?
person001: nope, and for years to come.