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LearnDrive FAQ's

Some of the most common questions about our intensive driving courses

Take a look at our most common questions below, if you still have any questions that may not be listed below then feel free to get in touch, we’d always be happy to help you out!

Can I take my theory test while on a course?

The theory test costs £23.00. Ideally we recommend the theory is passed before booking our course, however we can arrange it on course if required. Please note that the theory test must be passed before a practical test can be booked. Please call us to discuss the risks if you want to take the theory test whilst on course.

What are the two parts to the theory test?

There is a written exam of 50 questions – you need 43 correct to pass. The second part is a hazard awareness test – where you are shown footage as have to react to any hazards that occur, such as a child running onto the road.

If I pass one part and fail the other, do i resit for both?

If you fail any part of the theory test you fail the test and have to complete the test in full again.

Is there a website with more information?

Yes for more information on tests and news go to the gov website; www.gov.uk

How do I book the test?

You have many choices. We can book your test online (select Booking on the left menu), fill out an application form from any test centre or book online (card only) using the DSA’s website or calling direct on 0300 20 11 22

How long do I have to wait for a theory test?

Every test centre is different. You normally have to wait a minimum 6 days for a test, but generally waiting times are around 10 days, slightly longer in certain places.

How long is the test valid for?

The test is valid for 2 years. You have that time to pass the practical test and then get a full licence.

I have a different license, am I exempt from the test?

There are certain licences that are exempt. Full motorcycle licence holders are exempt if they obtained the full licence by February 2000 – if after then you will have to take the theory test. Full automatic car licence holders are exempt. If you think you may be exempt please contact the DSA on 0300 200 11 22.

Where is my nearest test centre?

There is a full list of theory test centres on the Gov website. There is a postcode search on their booking system to find the nearest by mile to any postcode entered.

Can I pass my theory after I passed my practical?

No. You must pass your theory test before an actual practical test is even booked. Thus trying to sit a theory test whilst on a course is very risky, as you may firstly fail the theory test and secndly even if you do pass the theory test there may not be a practical test available at the end of your course.

Why are courses better than hourly lessons?

We believe that courses are better for many reasons. What you can learn within 1 week at LearnDrive would take 6 months+ to learn on an hour a week routine. Another reason is that you combine a holiday with learning to drive, taking the stress out of learning to drive in Britains top holiday resort, Blackpool.

Are your instructors qualified?

Unlike other driving schools (such as BSM) we do not use any trainee instructors. Our friendly and patient instructors are highly skilled professionals, fully qualified by the Department of Transport to meet the most stringent requirements. All are on the official register of Approved Driving Instructor (CAR).

Do you have manual or automatic cars?

We have both manual and automatic cars – all of which are easy to drive and fitted with modern dual control systems. Automatic tuition is £2ph more.

What time will I need to arrive?

You must always arrive before 10.30pm. If your coach / train is late or there is traffic problems, then we may be allowed to accommodate you to arrive at a later time. This must be agreed with the hoteliers on that evening. This is to respect all pupils on the course wanting an early night!

How much does the practical test cost?

The practical test costs £62.00 (£124.00 extended). This fee is added the course fee.

How long will it take me to book onto a course?

Waiting time for tests does vary from 1 week to generally no more than 6 weeks in advance. For booking availability then contact us on 0845 10 888 10 (LOCAL RATE)and let us know which course you require and we will be able to tell you what dates are available.

What should I bring?

You must bring a valid signed provisional driving licence (You MUST bring the photocard part of licence). If you have an old style licence you will also need photographic ID. We also recommend that you bring a pair of thin, lightweight shoes for driving and dont forget your glasses if required.

Am I guaranteed to pass my driving test after the course?

No sadly we cannot guarantee you will pass your driving test. If is up to you to ensure you book a suitable course, although we can offer advice and naturally the more tuition you book the better chances of being more confident and passing first time. If you do not book a long enough course for your needs then it may be that your instructor does not allow you to use our vehicle for your test. Even when you are at standard you may still make a mistake on your test. 

How long does the practical test take?

The test should last around 40 minutes. This may vary depending on traffic conditions.

Who books the test for me?

We will book your test for the final day of your course. If you are coming back for free tuition then you may book the test yourself, but you must notify us immediately to arrange an instructor for your tuition.

If I fail, can I take a test the next day?

No, current government legislation means that you are not allowed to sit a test for ten clear working days (Saturday classed as a working day).

Which is the best course for me?

Every pupil is different, so their needs vary and pupils progress at different rates. We can give estimates and advice, but remember that the course you choose is entirely up to you – we can never guarantee you will pass a test. Please also ensure that you read all of the information on the website including the terms and conditions.

How do I get to Blackpool?

Being situated within one of the UK’s top Tourist locations we have excellent transport facilities, so travel to and from Blackpool is very efficient. If travelling by train please use Blackpool North station, the Hazeledene is very close by (about 15 minute walk).

Can I bring friends or family to stay with me?

If you book a residential course the bed breakfast and evening meal included for yourself. Any additional guests may be added at a cost of £20.00 per adult, children aged 3-12 are £10.00 per night. 2years and under are free. Additional guests have bed breakfast and evening meal (except under 2’s).

Do I have an en-suite bathroom?

The luxury Village has en-suite but our standard hotel does not.  You can arrange your own accommodation if preferred.

We offer courses for beginners to advanced.

Affordable courses for drivers of all levels, we can also offer accommodation if neccesary.

Over 30 years experience in the Blackpool area.

Areas we cover


"Fantastic company. I passed my test first time with only 3 minors."

- Thomas (Edinburgh)

North West

"The best driving school in the country, well worth the money!"

- Kyle (Liverpool)


"Started Sunday and by Thursday I was driving, passed with just 1 minor!"

- Brad (Leeds)


"Really helpful, I would recommend Learndrive to anyone!"

- Sharon (Coventry)

London & South

"I had Darren who was immense and I passed first time."

- Jack (London)