1. Access Driving Instructor Training


    Access driving instructor training in Leicester, family owned, family run.


    Why train to be a driving instructor in Leicester?


    Job satisfaction

    I would rate this as one of the highest reasons, also being your own boss, and high income.


    You work the hours you want

    Obviously within reason, this is a supply, and demand industry, but generally being a driving instructor in Leicester, allows a great deal of flexibility in the hours you work. You might choose to work around family, or social commitments, or even work part time – the choice is yours! It's nice just to be able to take an afternoon off to go to your child's school play.


    Previous experience, qualifications not required

    This is one of the few industry's that do not require formal qualifications.

    However the D.V S.A (Driving Vehicles Standards Agency) requires that anyone wishing to train as a driving instructor has no more than 6 penalty points on their licence, have held a valid full UK licence for at least 3.5 years, and meet the physical criteria required to safely control a vehicle. You will need though, to be personable, be a competent driver, the willingness to undertake your driving instructor training, and apply the effort needed, good communication skills, to be calm, and patient, and a sense of humour definitely helps.

    Earnings potential

    Once you have trained to be a driving instructor your potential earnings are up to you. The mount of hours you are willing to teach pupils, the price you charge for your driving lessons etc. Do your sums carefully do not believe all the hype you see advertised, and most of all remember there are expenses once you have qualified to be a driving instructor, do not forget to take these into account.

    Who are we 

    Access is a family run business that has been trading successfully for 25 years in the learner market, and the driving instructor training industry in Leicester, Hinckley, and throughout Leicestershire. We have excelled in both fields. Our main strengths are our teaching techniques, and the personal one to one approach towards our trainee driving instructors. Nowhere throughout the industry in training driving instructors will you find a team that will be more committed to your success.

    Our reputation is built on results

    Our driving instructor trainers excel in every sphere of driving instructor training. Teaching, attitude, commitment, aptitude, and their ability to get you through your tests.

    All our Instructor trainers are:

    D.V.S.A approved

  2. Institute of Advanced Motorist

    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

    Members of the MSA

    Driving instructors association


    We believe in straight talking, we will tell you like it is. Below is the process of becoming, and training to be a driving instructor, again we have tried to give you the facts in plain English.

    You’re in control

    Study at your own pace, tried and tested modern, straight forward training consistently leads to success for trainee driving instructors of all ages, and abilities. If you decide to train with Access instructor training you then begin a logical, structured training program on a one to one basis with your trainer, who will stay with you for the entire course. Some trainees complete the course very quickly, but you may choose to study at a more measured pace - we can help you plan your studies to take into account your outside commitments, like the needs of your children, or an existing job. All the way through, you will be taught, and supported by your trainer who will be totally committed to your success. If you think driving instruction is for you, but you are not sure whether your driving is up to standard, don't worry! If you want an assessment please Contact Us, but it is your attitude, communication skills, and approach that matters the most.


    Our training is designed to merge with the Driving Vehicles Standards Agency's three-part exam. You can do all your training over a two week period if you wish, or you can take it step by step. Train for one exam pass it, then train for the next and so forth.

    You have to take the 3 exams in turn. The exam waiting times vary greatly depending on the exam your applying for, the area, time of year, and the DVSA examiners availability. In theory! You could be qualified within 12 weeks, but unlikely.

    You can take the part 1 test as many times as you need to, or as many times you want. Although most people do pass first time. You do not need to be in a classroom, we have used a home study course successfully for years. Once you pass part 1 the clock starts ticking, you have 2 years from this point to pass the final 2 exams. Plenty of time – we believe, just so long as you’re focused, and committed. You can have up to three attempts at passing parts 2 and 3, and then unfortunately you’re out. In the unlikely event you did fail parts 2 or 3 three times, you would have to wait 2 years from when you passed your part 1 to start again. Your trainer will advise you when you are ready for the exam thus giving you the best chance of passing. We'll do all we can to make sure you pass!

    Part one / Theory exam

    Takes place at a Driving Standards Agency examination centre, usually in a major town or city, and consists of 100 multiple choice questions on subjects including:

    1. Road procedure

    2. Car control

    3. Basic mechanical knowledge

    4. Highway Code

    5. Instruction techniques

    The exam is computer based in two parts, Theory test and hazard perception. a very similar set up to the theory test learners have to do, obliviously more and harder questions, saying that though most of the questions if you have been driving for a while are common sense. You will need to study though for the ones that are not.

    The subjects are arranged into four bands, each with an 80% pass mark. The overall pass mark for part 1 is 85%.

    Hazard perception test.

    You will watch 14 video clips of every day road situations, the idea is to spot the developing hazard and click as soon as you see it. In 1 of the clips it will have 2 developing hazards, You score max 5 points for each developing hazard.

    Pass rate is 57 out 75.

    You are given 1 1/2 hours to complete the test, but most people finish early. Best of all nearly all our students pass first time! I have never known anyone training with us ultimately not to pass this test.

    Part two / Driving ability exam

    You get in-car training to totally fit in with your requirements, on average 10 to 15 hours is more than adequate to bring a candidates driving up to standard. Mock test scenario, plus final test preparation. In between the in-car training, you must practice, and adopt part 2 style as your normal way of driving.

    A Driving Standards Agency supervising examiner conducts the driving, and eyesight test. The test is approximately an hour long. You are expected to drive in a business-like, disciplined manner along a varied route showing your ability to manoeuvre, and control the car safely.

    Trainee instructors will have to demonstrate the skills they’ll be teaching to learner drivers.

    Driving independently for around 20 minutes while following directions from a sat nav or a series of traffic signs.

    Doing 2 of 4 possible reversing manoeuvres:

    Parallel park at the side of the road.

    Reverse into a parking bay and drive out.

    Drive into a parking bay and reverse out.

    Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic.

    You will be asked 3 show me tell me questions at the start of your test and 2 questions while driving, i,e show how to work the window wipers. Just in case you didnt know!


  4. There is no comparison between this test, and your original learner test; apart from they are both in a car. The maximum minor faults you are allowed to commit are 6. This is an advanced driving test, and needs the commitment it deserves. The good news is with Access driving instructor training 90% of our trainees pass 1st time.

    If you’re still apprehensive about your driving, please Contact Us, and we will give you an assessment lesson.

    Part three / The teaching exam

    In preparation for the final test, part 3 is where we teach you how to teach others, and again we give you as much support, and help as we can to maximise your chances of success. The prior driving instructor training you have received will help you with this final phase.

    Car training, this includes extensive role-play by your trainer to prepare you for your part three test. You will receive in-car training to totally fit in with your requirements, on average 20 to 30 hours is adequate to bring a candidates knowledge up to part three standard in addition with 30 hours home study and practice.

    The Procedure for the part 3, is you take a pupil along with you to the exam and perform a real lesson with a senior examiner sitting in the back of the car assessing your performance,

    You will pick a topic from the marking sheet below, which is matched to your pupils ability and needs. The lesson must be well planned with objectives and goals clearly outlined.






Marking Sheet, a bit more indepth.

Lesson Planning

Did you identify the pupil’s learning goals and needs? 

This may sound common sense, but you must know at the beginning of the lesson what the pupils needs are, what does him/her want to achieve out of this lesson.

Was the agreed lesson structure appropriate for the pupil’s experience and ability?


You need to agree with the pupil the lesson plan. That the lesson is appropriate, not to difficult, but hard enough to challenge the pupil, so learning takes place.



Was the practice areas suitable?

Again the area chosen needs to push the pupil, so learning can take place without overwhelming him/her.

Was the lesson plan adapted, when appropriate, to help the pupil work towards their learning goals?

This ones not difficult, if your teaching junctions and the pupil keeps stalling the vehicle, you need to adapt your lesson and teach clutch control.

Total marks available section = 12


Risk Management

Did the trainer ensure that the pupil fully understood how the responsibility for risk would be shared?

You need explain to your pupil what your shared responsibility's are, get them to confirm. Talk about dual controls, when, why you would use them. Are they fit to drive?

Were directions and instructions given to the pupil clear and given in good time?


Needs to be in good time, spoken clearly without ambiguity.

Was the trainer aware of the surroundings and the pupil’s actions?


 You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times, planning ahead for your pupil.


Was any verbal or physical intervention by the trainer timely and appropriate?

If you need to intervene either verbally or physically then the timing of your intervention is important, too soon and you are not really giving the pupil a chance to react or too late which could be safety issue.

Was sufficient feedback given to help the pupil understand any potential safety critical incidents?

Any safety incidents must be addressed correctly and also it is your responsibility to ensure that the pupil understands what went wrong and why it was safety issue. You must get confirmation from the pupil.

Total marks available for this section = 15 ( you must score more than 7 in this catorgory )





Teaching and Learning strategies

Was the teaching style suited to the pupil’s learning style and current ability?


You need to teach to the correct level for your pupil. Do not over or under instruct.


Was the pupil encouraged to analyse problems and take responsibility for their learning?

Ask questions to try and help the pupil come up with the answers them selfs. Effective question and answer technique, ( not indeapth on the move )


Were opportunities and examples used to clarify learning outcomes?

Don’t miss these opportunities, lots of things happen around you whilst on the road, many times these can be used as learning opportunities.


Was the technical information given comprehensive, appropriate and accurate?

Most of all was it correct! did it cover all and was it inline with the question asked or the situation.


Was the pupil given appropriate and timley feedback during the session?  


If your pupil makes a mistake, it needs to be identified there and then, if it needs to be a detailed response then follow up as soon as safely pulled up. Praise your pupil, then praise them some more, if you need to idenfiy a fault sandwhich it and give them more praise.



Were the pupils queries followed up and answered?

Answer any questions your pupil asks, if you are asked an awkward or technical question which you are unsure of the answer then, then ask yourself why you don't know the answer. If you can't answer the question in detail there and then, answer at the end of the test, but don't forget.


Did the trainer maintain an appropriate non-discriminatory manner throughout the session?


Do not be derogatory to any other raod user. Even further if there is a pedestrian waiting to cross the road in a red coat and you wish to identfiy this to the pupil, thats all you say. You do not need to hightlight colour, race or stature.


At the end of the session – was the pupil encouraged to reflect on their own performance?

At the end of the lesson you should allow a few minutes for a recap, and discuss with your pupil what went well, what went not so well, and what they feel they have achieved.

Total marks available for this section = 24




The maximum marks are 51. Score 42 or above you get a A, score 31 - 42 you pass with a B, score 30 and below then its a fail Im afraid.

I know the marking sheet may seem complicated, but with training it will become more understandable.

This is by no means an exhaustive account of becoming a Driving Instructor, try not to just focus to much on the exam, When you start teaching pupils you would idealy have a good knowledge of;



Moving off / Stopping

Turning left or right 


Emergency stop

Pedestrian crossings

Meet cross overtake


Progress / Hesitancy


Reverse parking


Thank you for taking the time to read this page, I hope you have found the information informative, and interesting. I wish you every success on your possible chosen career; if you want any advice please Contact Us.



Our fees are:

Part 1 £00.00 complete home study course with full tutor back up.

Part 2 £30.00 per hour

Part 3 £35.00 per hour

Please remember there are also exam fees.

Please also remember part 1 is the only money you pay up front, all other fees are paid while you take the training.

Instructor Hinckley