Driving Instructor Course Content

To become a driving instructor you need to have held a full UK driving licence for more than 3 years and no more then 6 penalty points. You will need to have good patience and enjoy working with people.

The training to become a driving instructor is in 3 parts. Each part must be passed before you can move onto the next part.

Part 1

Theory Test



This part of the DVSA theory test consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The test is completely computer based and you do not actually write anything down. With each question is a list of potential answers. You need to select the correct answer, or answers, by touching the appropriate area of the computer screen.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on part 1 training and it is entirely possible to pass this part of the qualifying process without any assistance from your trainer. We will supply the training CD when you sign up for part 2 and part 3 training.

The questions are banded into four sections and you must score 80% in each band and achieve an overall mark of 85% to pass. This means that it is possible to get a score of 94% and still fail if you are weak in a particular band of knowledge. In order to pass Part-One you also need to attain a pass mark of 57 in the HPT. If you do not achieve this you will have to do the whole test again, including the theory test, even if you gained 85% or higher in the questions.

Part 2

Driving Ability

This test normally lasts for about an hour. You are limited to three attempts at part two. If you fail three times you will have to wait two years from the date that you passed your Part One exam before you can start over again. You will then have to re-take Part One.

This test includes.

  • The emergency stop
  • Hill start up
  • Hill start down
  • Reverse parking
  • Pull up on the right then reverse
  • Bay parking
  • Moving off (straight or at an angle)

The examiner will assess your driving in a number of areas, including:

  • Your expert handling of the controls
  • Your use of correct road procedure
  • Your ability to anticipate and act upon the actions of other road users
  • Judgment of speed
  • Judgment of distance
  • Consideration for other road users
  • Expert use of the DVSA mspsl hazard routine

Part 3

Ability to Instruct

For this the senior examiner will sit in on one of your lessons and observe you at work with your pupil.


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