learning to drive

What is an intensive course?

An intensive driving course or “crash course” is a series of driving lessons taken over a short period of time, typically between 1-2 weeks. There is no way for a driving school to guarantee a pass, but some may offer free lessons and a re-test if you fail. Courses will require you to have a provisional driving licence, and some will also need you to have  passed the theory test. Courses vary in cost, but typically are around £800-£1500.

What is an intensive driving course?

Learners who are on a time crunch and need to pass their driving test quickly may consider an intensive course, but what actually is it? An intensive driving course, or crash course as they are more commonly known, is typically a week of very full-on driving lessons, normally around 8 hours a day. So, instead of having a lesson or two each week and spreading it over several weeks or months, it’s possible to cram the whole learning process into a much shorter period.

While these intensive courses allow you to get everything out of the way quickly, experience counts for a lot when learning to drive -– and there’s only so much of that you can gain in a week.


Am I guaranteed to pass?

Unfortunately, no. Many companies will advise that with their intensive driving course, you are guaranteed to pass the first time, but quite simply this is not the case.

The best schools will give you an assessment session before you book, to gauge your ability. Research shows that, on average, those who pass their driving test have had 47 hours of lessons and 20 hours of private practice.

To be as safe a driver as possible you really need to practise in a variety of conditions, but if you do take the intensive driving course route, make sure you properly weigh up the pros and cons of this type of driving course.

What do I need before I start my intensive driving course?

Before you start your intensive driving course, you’ll need to check you’ve got your provisional licence. You’ll also need to ensure you have passed your theory and hazard perception tests before booking. Some companies may offer to book this for you for an additional fee, but most will need you to have this before booking your course. You’ll also need to check the driving school has definitely booked a practical driving test on your behalf. Some schools will just hope a cancellation comes up.


How much will an intensive driving course cost?

An intensive driving course can cost anywhere between £800 and £1500, with your test fee included.

Intensive courses are called so for a reason, so make sure you’re really sure this is best option for you before booking!