Driving Instructor Training in Southampton

As well as being a great driving school for pupils, 1st 4 Driving are also able to offer driving instructor training in Southampton using our unique coaching methods, expert instructor trainers and a proven track record of helping people achieve their goals.

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The easiest way to train as a driving instructor in Southampton

Whether you’re only just looking at becoming an instructor or you’ve started your driving instructor training Southampton with another school and you’re finding that you’re not making progress, you’re going to need training to help you become an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor). Luckily, you’ve stumbled upon 1st 4 Driving, who are experts in helping with such training.

Here’s how we help:

  • Part 1 – You’ll get access to the best online resource that’s proven to double your chances of passing.
  • Part 2 – Anthony, our driving instructor trainer in Southampton, will ensure that you’re test-ready and any bad habits are ironed out.
  • Part 3 – As a PDI (Potential Driving Instructor), our expert instructor trainer will ensure that you meet all the criteria to pass and join the ADI register.

7 reasons why we’re the best

  1. Competitive training packages that include the cost of up to three attempts at each test.
  2. Full support from a dedicated, full time office team.
  3. The most qualified driving school – there’s nobody better to carry out your training.
  4. Experienced driving instructor trainers in Southampton with a track record of helping people pass.
  5. We’ll take some of the stress away by booking your tests for you.
  6. Our pupil lesson rates are £31/hour in Southampton, you’ll see every penny of this once you’ve passed.
  7. Join our team of great instructors who are proud to work for 1st 4 Driving.
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Part 1

The first part of your driving instructor training in Southampton will be the theory test, usually referred to as the ‘Part 1’ Test. This test is much like the theory test you will have already taken when you first learnt to drive, but it will be longer and you will be allowed fewer incorrect answers. Just like the learner theory test, the Part 1 test is split into two sections:

  1. Multiple choice section – 100 questions, each with four possible answers.
  2. Hazard perception – you’ll be shown a series of driving clips and you’ll need to spot the developing hazards.

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For the multiple choice part, you need to get an overall score of 85 out of 100, with at least 20 out of 25 correct in each of the four categories of questions. These categories these 100 questions are broken down into are:

  • Road procedure.
  • Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge.
  • Driving test, disabilities and the law.
  • Publications and instructional techniques.

At this stage, most training providers will just let you get on with it, perhaps recommending you buy a particular DVD or mobile app.

But we’re not like most training providers.

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As part of our training packages, you will get access to Theory Test Pro, an online resource that is proven to DOUBLE your chances of passing the Part 1. You’ll also get the full help and support of our dedicated full time office staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Unlike the typical training DVDs, Theory Test Pro gives you unlimited mock tests with the multiple choice section of the test. That means you can practice to your heart’s desire and walk into the Part 1 test full of confidence that you’ll pass. You’ll also get access to a huge database of up-to-date hazard perception videos, meaning you can hone your skills identifying hazards, all ready for that Part 1 test.

Here at 1st 4 Driving, we help you through every step of the training to ensure you have the very best chance of passing and becoming a driving instructor in Southampton.

  • Your local theory test centre is in Anglo City House on Shirley Road, Southampton.
  • Our training packages include the cost of up to three attempts at this test.
  • When you train with us, we will book your Part 1 test for you.

ℹ️ Important – Never use any third party websites to book a driving test online unless it’s on the gov.uk website.

Part 2

The next step to becoming a driving instructor in Southampton is the Part 2 test. Once you’ve passed the Part 1, we can start getting you in the car with our trainer – in some cases we can even do the Part 2 while you’re still revising the theory.

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You are allowed up to three attempts to pass this part.

Our trainer in Southampton is Anthony. Anthony has a long and decorated career as a driving instructor and an instructor trainer. He currently holds a 100% pass rate on Parts 2 and 3, with everybody coming through successfully qualifying as a driving instructor. Very recently, Anthony passed his ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Training) assessment with flying colours. He truly is one of the best in the business, and certainly the best driving instructor trainer in Southampton.

Your Part 2 test will be a test of your driving ability. You will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the highway code and be able to use the roads safely, showing the examiner the correct way to drive. Similar to the learner practical test, there are five parts to the Part 2:

  • Eyesight check
  • Show me, tell me‘ questions
  • General driving ability
  • Manoeuvres
  • Independent driving

The test will last around an hour, and you will be only be allowed up to six driver faults, with no serious or dangerous faults. These are categorised as the following:

  • Dangerous fault – Involves actual to you, the examiner, the public or property
    • You will fail if you get any of these.
  • Serious fault – something ‘potentially‘ dangerous.
    • You will fail if you get any of these.
  • Driving fault – Not potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become serious.
    • You’re allowed six of these.

Your driving instructor training in Southampton will ensure that any faults are ironed out so you’re 100% ready for your test before you go in. It’ll be likely that we book you a test so you’ve got a date to work towards. Your instructor trainer will make sure that you’re ready for this. The best part is that we can work the training around your working hours, meaning you can carry on in your old job while we do the training!

Our Part 2 driving instructor training is professional and accomplished with a fantastic pass rate. You shouldn’t need any more than 10 hours before your test, but in some cases we can offer more.

  • Your local test centre is in Maybush, Southampton.
  • Our training packages include the cost of up to three tests.
  • We will book the test for you.
  • We’ll also give you any extra support you need.

ℹ️ Remember – Don’t use third party websites to book a driving test online – only use the gov.uk site.

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Trainee licence

Once you have passed the Part 2 (you’ll fly through this), we can start your Part 3 training with a view to getting you on a PDI (pink) licence.

driving instructor trainee licenceAfter you’ve had a certain amount of hours of Part 3 training, we can apply for a PDI/trainee licence for you. While we’re training you on the instructional part of the job, you’ll be able to teach and earn money through driving lessons on this licence. This is a really valuable way of helping you learn on the job while earning.

You have two options when applying for your PDI licence. You must either:

  1. Do at least 20 hours of extra training while you’re on the PDI licence.
  2. Be supervised for 20% of all lessons you give while you’re on the PDI licence.

So the trainee licence is a good thing for your instructor training in Southampton, but you might always want to make a note of this

The trainee licence:

  • Only lasts for six months, so it’s important to apply for it at the right time.
  • Must be displayed in your windscreen while you give driving lessons.
  • Shows the address of your school (1st 4 Driving).
  • Does not allow you to operate as an independent instructor outside a driving school.

The trainee licence scheme is a great way of earning while you craft your trade as a driving instructor in Southampton. We’re big advocates of it – watch the video below to find out why.

Part 3

When you get to this stage, you’re almost at the end of your training. By now, you’ll have demonstrated a knowledge of the theory of driving, the Highway Code, good practical driving skills and you’ll have started to teach lessons to actual pupils.

You’ll stay with Anthony, our expert instructor trainer, throughout your Part 3 training. This is an area that we have a lot of experience in training, as we have helped so many people pass throughout the country. As well as in-car training, we’ve got loads of great video content on our YouTube channel that can help you with the individual marking criteria.

Here at 1st 4 Driving, we’re always here to help you with your training, and our training packages include the full support of our dedicated, full time office team, as well as Dave Foster, MA, Dip.DI.

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The Part 3 test is a test of your instructional ability. You’ll have started honing your skills and teaching techniques as a driving instructor on your trainee licence.

On the Part 3 test, the examiner will sit in the back of a real lesson and mark you based on the lesson content. You’ll be able to choose which pupil you use and what the lesson is about. There are 17 areas of competence in the marking criteria that are grouped into three categories:

  • Lesson planning.
  • Risk management.
  • Teaching and learning strategies.

You’ll be graded from 0 to 3 for each of the competencies. The pass mark here is 31/51, which will achieve you a Grade B. To get a grade A, you’ll need to score 43/51. Once you have passed, you’ll join the ADI register and you’ll swap your PDI licence for a shiny new ADI one.

As with the Part 2 test, you will be allowed three attempts at the Part 3 test. However, if you fail three times, you will need to wait two more years from the date you passed your Part 1 before you can retake it (despite this you’re very unlikely to fail with our expert instructor trainers in Southampton).

  • Your local test centre will be Maybush, Southampton.
  • Our training packages include the cost of up to three attempts at this test.
  • We will book the test for you.
  • You’ll have the support of your instructor trainer, our office staff and the other 1st 4 Driving instructors in the Southampton for help.

ℹ️ Reminder – Don’t use third party websites to book a driving test online – only use the gov.uk site.

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It really is that simple

  • The process to become a driving instructor in Southampton from start to finish can take anywhere between two and eight months depending on how quickly we can get tests booked for you and whether you pass them all first time.
  • The training itself can also be done relatively quickly, we can train you for your Part 2 while you’re revising the Part 1, and we can even work this training around your current work so you’re not missing out financially.
  • Once you’ve passed the Part 2 and you’ve done sufficient training, you can earn while you learn on a ‘trainee licence’.
  •  Anthony, your instructor trainer in Southampton is a well-renowned instructor with a great pass rate and great local knowledge.
  • You’ll always have the backing of our expert office staff, who will book tests for you and support you in your training.

Here at 1st 4 Driving, we offer training packages that include the cost of up to three attempts at each of the tests, meaning you can rest assured knowing everything is taken care of.

We have so much experience training driving instructors across the South of the UK, with a long established history of driving instructor training spanning two decades. Our instructor trainer in Southampton is the best in the area and has achieved an outstanding ORDIT grade, meaning there’s no better choice for your driving instructor training.

Our packages

We have training packages that include the cost of your ADI licence, the hours that will make up your training, and up to three attempts at each test. See a breakdown in the below table:

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Who are we?

Established almost two decades ago, 1st 4 Driving have a long track record of both helping people pass their driving test, as well as helping people become driving instructors. Founded and managed by Dave Foster, MA, Dip.DI, we uphold the highest training standards for both our learners and our potential instructors.

Dave holds one of the only Master’s Degrees in the industry, achieving this in Driver Training Education with Middlesex University in 2011. His unrivalled experience, research and knowledge in both the education and driving sectors mean that he is unquestionably the best qualified driving school owner in the country.

Frustrated with the low standard of driving instructor training at the time, Dave set out to make a change to the industry he was passionate about. That’s what 1st 4 Driving is all about – the best quality tuition from the best quality driving instructors.

So when you do your driving instructor training with 1st 4 Driving, you know you’ll be in safe hands with the best qualified, professional driving instructor trainers in Southampton.

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