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Intensive Driving Tuition for beginners & Improvers

The Best Intensive provide two different ‘intensive’ driving tuition courses that allow students to learn to drive within just one week.

Our ‘Complete’ course is for beginners or those with little experience and our ‘Top-Up’ course for those with prior experience that need to hone their skills.

'Complete' Course

  • Suitable for all levels of experience, including those that have never driven before.
  • Twenty hours of practical driving tuition, typically over five days.
  • Unlimited access to our very own online training content that is applicable not just to the theory test but will also help you when on the road with your instructor and ultimately your examiner! (Not to mention for the rest of your driving life!)
  • Access to Theory Test Pro to take mock tests and practice your hazard perception.
  • Theory Test (if required).
  • Fast-tracking of your practical test.
  • Same vehicle and instructor* for your first test with one hour ‘refresher’ beforehand.

'Top-Up' Course

  • Suitable for those:
    • with twenty hours of prior driving experience of which at least ten must have been with a driving instructor and have passed their theory test
    • practicing for a retest having been banned from driving or otherwise lost their licence
    • who have a learnt to drive abroad, but now need to pass a test in the UK too.
  • Eight hours of practical driving tuition, typically over two or three days.
  • Fast-tracking of your practical test.
  • Same vehicle and instructor* for first test with one hour ‘refresher’ beforehand.

What is intensive driving tuition?

Intensive driving tuition, also often known as a ‘5 day course’, or a ‘crash course’ (a phrase we prefer to avoid for obvious reasons!), is a course of driving lessons delivered over a short period of time, typically five days and in some cases with the option of additional tuition very soon after the initial course. (This is something we do facilitate at The Best Intensive – many others do not.) 

Why do we favour the intensive approach?

Put simply; because it is time and therefore cost-efficient for our students. Students that complete their driving course in a condensed timeframe do so not just in terms of time from ‘starting to passing’, but in terms of how many hours of tuition they will require overall.

Be driving independently in no time!
As the whole learning process can be completed in as little as a week (and the test also passed within two) it’s possible to go from never having driven before to gaining your independence in as little as two weeks! (As it stands, our record is Alice K, passing just NINE days after her seventeenth birthday (with only one minor fault)!)

Fits into a busy lifestyle
As the number of days that need to be considered when deciding how and when to learn to drive can be as few as five or six days with The Best Intensive, fitting learning to drive into your calendar couldn’t be much easier! (Note, it is possible to work half-days in the week of your tuition. Please call us to discuss this.)

Saves you money in the long run
The first half an hour of a lesson for a student that hasn’t driven for a week is spent getting ‘back into the swing of things’, so thirty minutes of every weekly lesson is wasted time. Having daily lessons removes that inefficiency so twenty hours of ‘intensive’ tuition is significantly more valuable than twenty hours of weekly tuition, for example.

Why choose The Best Intensive?

We really do strive to be the best choice for driving tuition. Here’s how:

Carefully Chosen Instructors
We carefully select the instructors that we work with to ensure that our clients are taught only by folks we trust to deliver excellent tuition in a safe and friendly environment. All our instructors work with us routinely; we don’t just pass work to instructors we barely know.

Excellent Customer Service
We know that learning to drive is a big part of your life and not of insignificant cost. We work hard to make your experience of doing so easy, efficient, pleasant, and trouble-free. 

You will have the same instructor for all of your practical tuition in order to get the most out of your lessons. Further, all practical tuition is delivered on a strictly one-to-one basis.

Manual & Automatic Transmission Vehicles Available

We offer tuition in both manual and automatic vehicles at the same price. While passing a test in an auto does reduce some of the complexity of passing, it does also limit your licence to driving only auto vehicles. However, with the accelerating shift to EV’s (that qualify as auto’s) you may feel this is the way to go.

Outstanding Theory Training

We’ve compiled our own theory training content that we believe truly sets us apart from our competitors. You’ll have access to our material from the moment you book and can absorb the content in your own time. Furthermore, we have a weekly Q&A session on Zoom with one of our instructors where you can ask questions about the training or seek advanced techniques and insights.

Time Efficient

We understand a major motivation for choosing the intensive approach to driving tuition is to complete the process, including passing the test, swiftly. As such, all our processes are geared towards making this happen for you.

Additional Lessons

Many ‘driving schools’ that specialise in intensive driving tuition do not offer any further tuition with them should you need it at the end of the course. We recognise that once you’ve done an intensive course and are very close to being able to pass, the last thing you want is to have to go away and find another instructor and lose all momentum. Therefore, we arrange our instructors’ diaries so they (the same instructor) can offer additional tuition to ‘get you across the line’ as soon as the next week if you wish.

*We will always strive to achieve this but in rare circumstances it may not be possible.

Things To Know (FAQs)

We strongly encourage you to read through the following ‘Questions & Answers’ if you are considering booking driving tuition of any sortHere we explain a lot about the processes we follow and the finer details around how our courses work. You should read this before you book a course with anyone!

  • Most of our students are ready to go for test at the end of their course, but not all. Those who are not ready usually only need a few more hours to get to test-standard, however. To achieve this, they can either spend some time practicing with a qualified driver (parent, partner, etc) and then come back for an assessment and test with their instructor or continue working with their instructor (as soon as the week after their course) to quickly reach test-readiness.
When you book with us, you will be granted access to our very own online training and provided with access to Theory Test Pro. We strongly encourage you to dive into that training with a view to passing your Theory Test ASAP. (When you feel you are ready to take your theory test, let us know and we’ll allocate you a test slot at your local theory-test centre within a couple of weeks, if not days.) As soon as you’ve passed your Theory Test, your Practical Test can be purchased from the DVSA. While the test-slot originally booked will probably be many months from now, we provide a service that will expedite that test, targeting the week after your intensive tuition. (Note, it is not imperative you pass your theory and get your practical test booked before your practical tuition, but if you don’t there could be a significant delay between completing your practical tuition and taking your practical test. The earlier you book a test, and we start ‘Fast-Tracking’ it, the more likely it is your test will follow shortly after your tuition.) Your practical tuition will run Monday* to Friday in the week you specified when booking. Each day you’ll be collected from your chosen pick-up point at a time pre-arranged with your instructor and have 4 hours of one-to-one driving tuition before being returned to your chosen drop-off point.
*On weeks containing a Bank Holiday Monday, the course is still twenty hours but condensed into four days, Tuesday to Friday.
Your instructor may ask you to have a slightly longer session one day to allow them to take another student to test and foreshorten your session on another day. You will always receive the full twenty hours of tuition.

Essentially, none! All practical driving tuition takes place on a strictly one-to-one basis, with the same instructor each day. You will complete the theory training online at your own pace, at a time and place that suits you. The only time you might ‘meet’ other students is on the Theory Q&A Zoom calls where anyone is able to ask questions (often ones that are useful to everyone present!) but you don’t have to speak or have your camera on, you can always just type your questions. 

Yes, of course! When you book you will be asked if you have a preference and, if you do, we’ll assign our instructors to students accordingly. If we already have more requests than we can comply with for the week you book, we’ll call you and discuss the available options.

Absolutely! We know that learning to drive can be a stressful experience and while we use the term ‘intensive’ to describe having many hours of tuition in one week, you can rest assured that your instructor will tailor their tuition to you and that the rate at which you need to learn on a daily basis is not really any greater than if you were to take the more ‘traditional’ approach to receiving tuition. In fact, as there is less time to forget things between lessons, having lessons condensed into a short period actually removes a lot of the stress and frustration from the process.

As soon as you’ve booked your intensive course with us, you can get started on your online theory lessons. Simply log in here, with your e-mail address and password use during booking and you’ll have immediate access to our video lessons. The videos cover topics you’ll be tested on during your theory test and you can watch them as many times as you need to. In addition to this, shortly after booking, we’ll send you a link to enable you to access our weekly Zoom support sessions with one of our instructors, and an invitation to another online resource where you can access and practise the entire theory question bank and hazard perception clips. We’ll be in touch to organise your theory test, which we encourage you to work towards taking in advance of your driving tuition week so your practical test can follow soon after your tuition.
(If you have already passed your theory test, you will still be automatically enrolled in access to the course material as it contains valuable advice that you should put into practice when driving and your instructor will expect you to have learnt and reviewed recently. Doing so, therefore, will make your chances of passing your test swiftly much greater.)

Don’t worry! You can just contact us and we’ll help you arrange another one.

Our instructors prioritise taking their students for tests and adjust tuition to fit around them. Your instructor will meet you at your agreed location one hour before your test and you will drive around to settle yourself in, ultimately driving yourself to the test centre. Your instructor will walk with you into the test-centre building to meet your examiner. Your instructor will typically remain at the test-centre leaving you with the examiner and this is the approach we recommend. Instructors are allowed to accompany their students if requested, but we find this tends to cause more distraction and is counter productive.
Hopefully your test will go well, and you will pass. Either way, you will not be allowed to drive away from the test-centre so your instructor will take you back to your chosen pick-up / set-down location.

No worries, it happens! Your instructor will discuss with you whether additional tuition is recommended or whether they think you were just caught out by something and therefore that additional tuition won’t really help you. If needed, they’ll arrange this with you. You will need to buy yourself another test and having done so you can let our HQ know the reference number of it and they will ‘Fast-Track’ it for you for a fee of £25.