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Intensive Driving Courses: The Ultimate Guide

Intensive driving courses are the quickest way to pass your driving test.

Basically, with an intensive driving course, you can learn to drive and pass your test in a week or two instead of taking months (or even years) to pass.

But there's plenty you should know about intensives, so we've created this complete guide to help you decide whether an intensive driving course will be right for you.

Either click to the section that interests you the most, or settle back, put your feet up and get fully clued up.

What are intensive driving courses?

An intensive driving course is designed to help learners pass their test as quickly as possible, much faster than by taking normal driving lessons.

According to the latest Government survey, UK learners buy on average 52 hours of professional driving lessons and take around 14 months to pass their driving test.

With a more intensive lesson schedule, it's possible to drastically cut down on the amount of time and money required to pass your test.

However, in order to do this, training in intensive driving courses needs to be carefully structured and expertly delivered.

You may hear some people refer to intensive driving courses as crash courses, a driving crash course or crash course driving lessons, but you won’t find us doing that. 

We’re not sure it’s appropriate to talk about ‘crashing’ in a driving context. Anyway, an intensive course works like this:

Step 1: Search here for your nearest instructor and course.

Step 2: Book your sessions on dates that suit you.

Step 3: We book the quickest available driving test in your area.

Step 4: Your instructor will contact you.

Step 5: The course begins. Then you pass your test like a champ.

Why should I pick Learn, Think, Drive for my intensive driving course?

Basically, because you'll get terrific value and an awesome service. It takes a great deal of skill to deliver an intensive, especially one that can turn a complete beginner and into a qualified driver in just one week.

Our team of driving instructors has the specialist expertise and required experience to deliver highly effective intensive driving courses, having successfully taught 1,000s of rookie learners how to drive in just 5 days flat.

Moreover, they know how to adapt to every type of personality and create the right learning environment for you. We know that passing your test is the ultimate aim, but we think driving is fun and we want you to enjoy your course.

And don't forget that we always put our learners first. From booking lessons to tests, you won't have any hassles or annoying admin.

Let's be blunt for a moment.

Quite simply, the stats don’t lie. If you’d like to pass your test quickly, no one does it better than Learn, Think, Drive.

How long is an intensive driving course?

It depends on the course. We cater for all different skill and experience levels by offering a 12, 20, 32 and 40-hour intensive driving course, plus a specific pass-in-a-week option.

Some learners are complete beginners, others need varying degrees of refresher lessons.

Regardless, each course requires learners to drive for 4 hours a day.

Anymore than that and the instructions lose effectiveness as the student reaches a natural plateau for the day and stops assimilating information. 

Therefore, the length of the course depends on both your previous experience and when you've scheduled your sessions for (because you decide when you take your lessons).

Most people take between 1 and 2 weeks to complete an intensive driving course and pass their test. But you're in full control, so if you'd like a semi-intensive course over a longer period of time, that's fine.

It's worth noting that sometimes you might be able to pass your test with lessons to spare. In this case, any unused hours will be refunded to you.

Equally, you might also require a few extra hours to be added to your course. That's no problem either - we can just adjust the schedule.

Am I guaranteed to pass my test with an intensive driving course?

Although we’re super-confident in our driving instructors, there is no guarantee that you’ll pass your test. You'll certainly be prepared for it.

The intensive driving course will consist of laser-focused lessons with a qualified instructor. They’ll teach you everything you need to know in order to pass your test.

So, whilst we can’t say that you’ll pass with 100% certainty, we’re done this enough times to be fairly sure.

If I buy an intensive, do I have to pay for my driving test?

No. A daytime test costs £62 and an evening or weekend test costs £75, but we’ll organise and pay for your test to say thanks for putting your trust in us.

If I take an intensive, when will my practical driving test take place?

Clearly, we’ll try and arrange for your test to take place as soon as possible after completing your intensive course, but obviously we can’t guarantee exactly when that test date will be.

No driving school can.

We'll apply for your driving test as soon as you've booked your intensive course with us, so much will depend on how far ahead of time you book your course. 

If you book an intensive and your course is due to start in less than 8 weeks’ time, there may be a slight delay between finishing the course and taking your test.

If you were booking a driving test yourself using the Government's online tool, on average, it'll take 6-8 weeks to come through. But we check the DVSA database every 5 minutes for cancellations, which means we can usually get you a test in a few days.

However, it's worth noting that your practical test could be delayed if you haven’t already passed a theory test. Please note that to take a practical driving test, every learner must have first passed a theory test.

What happens if I fail my intensive driving course?

If you do fail your driving test after taking an intensive driving course, we’d recommend taking a couple weeks to take everything in.

Then you should give us a call so that we can talk with you and your driving instructor, properly analyse what went wrong and plan some more lessons.

Aside from a practical driving test, what other tests will I need to take?

Every learner must take and pass a theory test before he or she can take a practical driving test.

The theory test is a digital test comprising of 2 parts.

In the first section...

You’ll have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions.

To pass this part of the test, you need to answer at least 43 questions correctly.

In the second section...

You'll tackle the Hazard Perception Test. With this, you’ll watch 14 video clips featuring everyday road scenes.

Each clip has at least one developing hazard and one of them has two. You’ll get points for spotting the hazards as they start to occur. There are 75 points available.

To pass this part of the theory test, you’ll need to gather at least 44 points.

You can either take the theory test before starting your intensive driving course with us or during it and there's no right or wrong approach.

If you take your theory test before starting an intensive course, it’s out the way and you’ll have a bit of helpful background knowledge before you take to the wheel.

If you'd like to do that, please book your theory test and get in touch with us when you've passed it.

If you take it during your intensive, you’ll probably find passing easier. We’ll also arrange it for you and cover the cost (normally £23).

This option is fine as well, but it can throw up a couple of potential issues that are worth thinking about.

As you know, your theory test must be taken and passed before you're able to take your practical. So, if your theory test is scheduled after the practical test, we'll have to rearrange it. 

Again, that's not a biggie, but please acknowledge that there might be a slight delay between completing the intensive driving course and passing your test.

Also, if we book the theory test for before your practical and (as unlikely as it is) you were to fail your theory test, we’d clearly have to cancel your practical test and rearrange it for another date.

It would obviously need to be taken after your rearranged theory test, by which time you’ll have hopefully passed this pre-requisite.

In this scenario, we would require payment for the rearranged practical test. A daytime practical test costs £62, while an evening or weekend test costs £75.

Who can take an intensive driving course?

Anyone can take an intensive driving course so long as they hold a provisional driving license in either Great Britain or Northern Ireland.

You can apply for a provisional driving license when you’re 15 years and 9 months old, but you won’t be able to take any driving lessons or intensive driving courses until you’re 17.

 You can apply for a provisional driving license on the official GOV UK website. Just ensure that you’re able to:

  • Read a number plate from 20 metres away.
  • Show a form of ID, such as a passport.
  • Present proof of address for the last 3 years.
  • Pay £34 by credit or debit card.

When you’ve done those things, your provisional licence should be with you in a week.

Speaking less technically for a moment, anyone can take an intensive driving course regardless of how much driving experience he or she has.

Intensive driving courses are specifically designed for beginners and will take someone with zero knowledge to pass standard quickly, so don’t worry if you’ve not driven before.

How much do intensive driving courses cost?

Intensive driving course prices vary depending on how long your course is and where you live in the UK. 

Generally speaking, you’ll be looking at between £300-£1,200 for a course, with our pass-in-a-week course being the most expensive.

Here's a quick overview of what we offer and a guide to pricing...

12 hours

For experienced learners who want to complete 
their training.

Great if you've taken and failed a test before.



  • Easy booking
  • Great instructors
  • Free theory test    
    (if required)
  • Free practical
    driving test
2​0 hours

Suitable for learners who've previously had at least 20 hours of lessons.

Ideal for anyone after a
 fast  pass.



  • Easy booking
  • Great instructors
  • Free theory test
    ​(if required)
  • Free practical
    driving test
32 hours

Our standard course that's suitable for most people. 

Perfect if you've got a little driving knowledge
or experience.



  • Easy booking
  • Great instructors
  • Free theory test    
    (if required)
  • Free practical
     driving test
40 hours

Perfect for total beginners

and those who are low on confidence. 

It takes around 2 weeks to complete the course.



  • Easy booking
  • Great instructors
  • Free theory test    
    (if required)
  • Free practical
    driving test

We’re not the cheapest driving school around, but let us point out a couple of things. You're potentially saving a lot of money with an intensive because you're actually having less lessons.

The Government say that, on average, UK learners buy 52 hours of lessons and take around 14 months to pass their driving test. That adds up to quite a lot, especially if you live in an area where instructors charge £35 per lesson.

With our intensives, you get more assurance, convenience and quality. Peace of mind, if you like.

There will always be an instructor or driving school somewhere that will offer cheap driving lessons or courses. We’re not interested in a race to the bottom. 

We’re confident in the quality of our training and our prices reflect the satisfaction that you’ll get.

What do you learn on an intensive driving course?

It rather depends on whether you have any previous driving experience or not. And if you do, how much?

Clearly, a driving instructor must cover the same information on an intensive driving course as they would through more conventional driving lessons.

From safety checks to maneuvering, junctions to roundabouts, overtaking to hazard awareness, everything you’d expect will be covered.

That said, our instructors are trained to quickly ascertain what a learner is good at and what they need to work on. As such, because time is tight, they’ll tend to focus on areas that must be improved.

Why are intensive driving courses good?

There are loads of reasons why intensives are awesome, but let’s start with the obvious one:


You’ll pass your test fast. Sometimes that'll be within a week, but it'll always be quicker that it would if you'd have taken traditional driving lessons.

People often wonder how long it takes to learn how to drive. Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer. It depends on the learner, their natural ability and their level of motivation.

On average, UK learners buy 52 hours of driving lessons and take around 14 months to pass their test.

Whether you need to pass your test for a job, travelling to college or university, or if you just want some independence and freedom, who wants to learn for over a year?

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking a relaxed approach and taking your time, but such a lengthy commitment isn’t for everyone. 

With an intensive driving course, you could hook up with an instructor as early as next week and pass your test within a few days.

But there's also the money side of things.

At first glance, intensive driving courses can seem expensive. But when you drill down into the numbers, they usually end up being a much cheaper option (even if you don't realise it at the time).

" Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle."

Napoleon Hill

The other awesome point thing about intensives is, because the practical test is taken when all the knowledge is still fresh, pass rates are usually extremely high.

As well as speed and convenience, the second reason why intensive driving courses are ace is about money.

What's the downside to taking an intensive driving course?

The main issue with intensive driving courses is that learners don’t pick up as much driving experience as they would if they were heading out on the road regularly over a longer period of time.

Passing your test quickly is great, but it seems that the speed of convenience does come at a price. 

It's not disastrous, since you wouldn't legally be allowed to take an intensive course if it were a huge problem. This won’t affect your ability to pass your test, but it’s nevertheless something to remember.

But there's no denying that from coping with various weather conditions to coming across different hazards, you’ll come across much less variation and exposure in one week than you will over a year.

In addition to that, it’s a question of the learning environment. 

Put simply, some people find intensive driving courses too much.

Going from zero driving experience to suddenly sitting behind the wheel for 4 hours a day for 5 days straight can be overwhelming and tiring. 

Again, it's not a massive thing. Most people cope just fine, but it’s just worth thinking about before you commit to an intensive driving course.

Are intensive driving courses right for me? How will I know?

An intensive driving course isn’t for everyone. It’s can seem a little extreme at times, so you should consider how good you are at coping with pressure.

Of course, if you’ve got a little bit of driving experience, then that will help. But really, so long as you know what you’re getting into and can demonstrate enthusiasm, then that’s half the battle.

Also, if you have a specific need to pass your test quickly then that will serve as great inspiration. Perhaps you need to be able to drive a car to college, travel to and from university, or commute to a new job, for instance.

Regardless, so long as you can commit to the time, an intensive driving course will be the perfect choice for you. 

What if my intensive driving course becomes too much for me?

We offer 12, 20, 32 and 40-hour intensive driving courses, as well as a specific pass-in-a-week course. If during your intensive driving course, you feel that you can’t handle the training, there is flexibility.

It’s possible to stretch the lessons out over a longer period.

However, please note that you can’t just transition to normal driving lessons and that any kind of adaption is entirely at the discretion of your driving instructor.

The original booking was for an intensive course. Your driving instructor will have other pupils to fit in, so they can’t just unblock your training at a moment’s notice and move to less frequent lessons.

If your driving instructor is unable to accommodate your wishes, you must either complete the course or end it without a refund.

What are your driving instructors like?

Technically speaking, all our driving instructors are CRB checked and fully qualified to DVSA standards and have all the skills needed to deliver an effective intensive course.

But we carefully handpick our instructors to ensure that they great teachers too. 

They’re able to connect with learners and quickly ascertain what they’re good at and what needs work.

Everyone learns differently and we all have different things that we’re good at, including elements within driving.

Our driving instructors know how to tailor a formal agenda to you and develop a week’s training that’s both personalised and fun. 

What kind of car will I learn in?

We have a huge range of manual and automatic cars to learn in. They all come fully air conditioned and with power steering, electric mirrors, windows and suchlike.

They also have dual controls for safety.

Can I have an intensive driving course in a manual and automatic car?

Yes, but please bear in mind your long-term driving goals. 

Because you don’t have to worry about gears, clutch control and the like, driving an automatic car is much easier. As a result, you can’t drive a manual car until you’ve passed a manual test.

Therefore, you should only choose to learn in an automatic car if you’re 100% sure that you’ll be driving an automatic car when you pass your test.

Can I have an intensive driving course in my own car?

No, unfortunately you can’t. Some driving schools allow this, but we’ve found that allowing learners to have courses in their own vehicles to be a logistical nightmare.

 For starters, there’s a safety issue, since your car won’t have dual controls. 

But there’s also the problem of checking that you have the right insurance and ensuring the vehicle is roadworthy. Ultimately, it’s both easier and better to use one of our cars.

When I take my course, can I be picked up and dropped off at different places?

Definitely. You’re the customer and our service is designed to work around your needs.

Should you need to be picked up and dropped off at certain locations, please liaise with your driving instructor.

Where can I find intensive driving courses near me?

Our head office is in Bournemouth and although we offer intensive driving courses in Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester, we actually operate all over the UK and cover 99% of postcodes. 

Just use our search feature to look for a local intensive driving course. We update instructor availability daily, so check our website regularly.

You should always be able to find a Learn, Think, Drive intensive course nearby. If, for some reason, you can’t, please contact us.

Once you’ve seen the course for, book yourself in to secure your spot.

How do I book an intensive driving course with you?

Booking an intensive is very straightforward. Just click here to search for a local course and instructor. Once you’ve found a nearby course, the quickest way to reserve your spot is to book online.

If you’d prefer to book over the phone, give our team a call on 020 8798 3298. You can also do it by sending a text to 07860 021262 or by filling out the form on this page.

Regardless, when payment has been confirmed, it’s go time. An instructor will call you to arrange your first lesson.

Other common FAQs

Can I cancel my intensive driving course?

Can I cancel a lesson in my intensive driving course?

Can my instructor cancel my course?

What happens if my instructor is ill or cancels a lesson on my course for any reason?

My instructor hasn't contacted me. What should I do?

What happens if my instructor's car breaks down?

Can I switch from learning in a manual car to an automatic in the middle of my course?

Can I cancel my theory or practical tests?

What our customers say about us...

I booked a week's intensive course. I had never driven before in my life and easily passed first time simply because of my fantastic driving instructor. He made everything seem so simply and learning was a really fun experience. I highly recommend these guys.


I passed today, first time. My instructor constantly reassured me and gave me the confidence I needed. His tips and hint made everything a piece of cake. I would certainly recommend Learn, Think, Drive and one week was all it took for me to conquer driving.


My driving instructor was everything I could have asked for in a teacher: motivating, positive, knowledgeable and friendly. I had put off driving for many years due to confidence issues and within a few weeks I passed my practical test on the first attempt. 


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