Tom is 15 and started studying for his GCSEs this year. He chose to do double-IT but he’s very frustrated and disillusioned with it because there is no programming involved even though he was promised there would be. Instead he spends several hours a week learning how to make a spreadsheet and stuff like that. Here’s a link to a mock exam paper for GCSE ICT (this is the “basic” paper – Tom is doing the basic and the higher)
And here’s one for the higher paper:
You’ll be horrified, Alec.
Sample extracts as images, click the originals above for PDF text; the EFTPOS one I will give them a bye for, at least it encourages some degree of systematic thinking, but the first two, sheesh, no wonder so many students I am meeting are self-taught / seeking experience…