A learner driver will want to reach 'test standard' so the structure will be 'progress based', moving on from one level to the next once the necessary skills have been developed. The length of the course will naturally depend on an individual's capabilities.
A PassPlus course is normally six hours, as determined by the DSA, with no 'pass' or 'fail', the certificate being gained simply by attending.
A refresher course for a qualified driver often revolves around regaining lost confidence, and it is usually the pupil who decides that they have acheived their target.
Courses are also available to prepare for advanced tests such as ADI Part 2, RoSPA or the IAM, or for Insurance Assessments.
All courses can be arranged as 'steady', 'intensive' or 'concentrated' and each have their 'pros' and 'cons'.
A steady course consists of one or two lessons a week of either one or two hours duration. The advantages are that you can take your time and it needn't cost a lot per week (although you can still buy in blocks to get a discount). The disadvantages are that you will spend more time each lesson 'catching up' with the previous week, and it will take you longer to reach your target, but be assured you will get there eventually. If you are a complete novice an hour at a time is fine to learn the basics, which can be done locally, although you will normally need a two hour lesson to start with because there is a lot of explaning to do. Once the basic control, safety and manoevring skills are mastered then the cities are a must to make further progress, which will need two hourly lessons.
A 'concentrated' course is somewhere in between the steady and intensive courses, usually consisting of two or three two hour sessions a week, a popular alternative since it avoids the 'plod' of a steady course and the pressure of the intensive. For a new driver, it is not necessary to pass the Theory tests before starting a concentrated course, and it can often help Hazard Perception and make better sense of the Highway Code if you have had some practical experience. Neither would you need an assessment before you start since there is in-built flexibility in a concentrated course, and continuous assessment and adjustment is a natural part of the process. And, given that there is usually a delay between booking and taking your tests (often a two week wait for the Theory, and six weeks for the Practical), you may find that you pass your test just as quickly as if you had booked a full blown intensive!
'Intensive' courses can be anything from 10 to 50 or more hours, usually taken two or three hours at a time in one, two or more weeks according to your availability and our diary space. These are popular with learner drivers who want or need to get their licence quickly, in which case courses will finish with a Practical Driving Test. To arrange such a course we recommend an assessment (normally 2 hours charged at our standard rate) to estimate how many hours you will need. Alternatively, you can choose the number of hours, but remember that you must reach a safe driving standard or you will not be able to take the Test. You will also need to have passed the Theory Test. Such courses must be paid in full in advance and are charged at our block discount rates plus Test Fees as necessary. The attraction of a quick licence has to be weighed against your ability to cope with the pressure of having so little time before taking your Test, especially if things don't go as smoothly as hoped. Also bear in mind the risk of learning to pass the Test without really learning how to drive!