BTEC Driver

BTEC driver

Key Features

  • Get theory test ready
  • Learn to drive for less
  • Gain vocational skills
  • Cheaper insurance
  • Safer drivers

Boost your employability and learn a valuable life skill with the Driving Force BTEC Level 2 in Driving and Driver Education.

Young drivers are more at risk than any other group…

Data from the Department of Transport shows 1 in 5 young drivers (17 to 24) crash within the first two years of driving, and although young drivers make up just 1.5% of the driving population they are involved in 9% of serious crashes. BTEC Driver aims to change that.

Better driver education leads to better drivers

Graduates of the Driving Force BTEC Level 2 in Driving and Driver Education are offered discounts on insurance as the course has been recognised as reducing crash risk.

Students are given practical skills and taught broader knowledge to help them understand what makes a good driver. The course will provide students with a better understanding of cars, the road, and legal responsibilities.

Students are encouraged to reflect on their attitudes to the road and to understand the risks, consequences and penalties associated with poor driver behaviour.

Flexible teaching and learning

BTEC Driver is available to all post 16 students, and we are happy to arrange starter sessions for incoming students.
Our specialist team of road safety professionals can deliver the course as either:

  • an extra-curricular subject before or after school
  • A timetabled subject for enrichment
  • As an employee upskilling qualification, tailored to business needs

“BTEC Driver delivers academic and practical learning to the drivers of the future. An educated driver will be a safer driver.”
Heidi Duffy MBE for services to Road Safety

BTEC driver

Course overview and benefits

This diverse and interactive course will encourage students to work together while boosting their employability and learning a valuable life skill.

  • Recognised Level 2 BTEC qualification
  • Pass rate of 93%
  • Gain confidence and build self-esteem

Getting theory test ready: Students get ahead of the game and prepare for the driving theory test and hazard perception
Learning to drive for less: Students benefit from 20 hours driving experience with 10 hours behind the wheel. In-class and in-car lessons work out at less than £8 per hour!
Boost employability: Students gain a vocational skill that will build confidence and independence
Cheaper car insurance: Up to 15% discount for course graduates with Adrian Flux for five years
Problem solving: How to stay composed and positive in stressful situations
Improved knowledge and safer drivers: Basic car maintenance, journey planning and strategies for avoiding risky situations
Develop evaluation skills: Students use both self evaluation and peer review to reflect on their ability and knowledge
Staying safe and understanding risk: Learn about how and why collisions occur and how to reduce risk on the road


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Case Study

What our course graduates think

Lili says “Passing BTEC Driver gave me a huge confidence boost and helped me to secure a job at a high-end car dealership."

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Course Structure

A 60 hour course, comprised of 5 units. Units 1-4 are completed in class and unit 5 takes place on the road, with an approved driving instructor.
Students will gain 20 hours of in-car experience, taking their first steps towards learning to drive, and completing peer reviews during the driving lessons. The peer review process helps students develop the self-evaluation skills which are essential to becoming a safe driver as well as trust and confidence in one another.

Unit 1: Motor vehicle construction and use (10 hours)
Unit 2: The driving environment (10 hours)
Unit 3: Risks, goals and contexts for driving (10 hours)
Unit 4: Positive driving behaviour as a life skill (10 hours)
Unit 5: Practical driver training and peer review (20 hours which can be run alongside units 2-4)

“We saw students gain confidence – not just an understanding of how to learn to drive, but also in making new friends and attending lessons delivered by external staff.”
Mrs Sue MacShane – Teacher Arnold Hill Academy

Flexible timetabling options

The timetabling of the course is extremely flexible. The 40 hours of in-class education can take place before, during or after school hours depending on which is most suitable for the school. The 20 hours of practical coaching with peer review takes place outside of school hours – unless agreed with the school. The 40 hours in-class education can be timetabled as follows:

  • 40 one hour lessons
  • 20 two hour lessons
  • A mixture of one and two hour lessons

There is a maximum class size of 30. We are able to run multiple classes if there is significant demand.

Bilborough College: in Nottinghamshire runs the course as an enrichment opportunity, with one hour lessons built into timetables
Paget High School: in Burton upon Trent runs one hour lessons during PSHE
Arnold Hill Academy: in Nottinghamshire offers a combination of one and two hour lessons at the end of the day

“BTEC Driver is taught with a diverse approach, interactive and practical wherever possible.“
Lisa Judson Events Coordinator Bilborough College

Want to deliver the course yourself?

We are happy to arrange for schools and colleges to deliver the course internally, at a reduced cost. We will provide:

  • training to teach the subject
  • course materials
  • support via phone or email

We are happy to discuss all timetable options to suit individual needs. If you have any questions, please get in touch 0115 876 5280


The course costs £475 per student for 60 hours, this includes:

  • 40 hours of in-class teaching
  • 20 hours in-car driving experience
  • all course materials and resources
  • online theory test materials
  • ongoing support

Funding options

There are a variety of funding models and options available. A brief overview of different options is given here as an example only. Funding options are flexible and at the discretion of the individual establishments; as such we are happy to discuss funding arrangements to best meet those individual needs.

School funded: The course can be seen as an investment opportunity, as access to this course may increase the number of students enrolling at your school or college.
16-19 Bursary: Due to its vocational nature, the course is eligible for the 16-19 Bursary to aid with funding.
Parental contributions: Parental contributions (part or full) are encouraged, as they add additional incentive for the student to do well. Full parental contributions are ideal for after school lessons and summer school lessons.
Payment plans: These can be arranged to suit your school/college’s individual needs.

“The first time we offered BTEC Driver, it was so popular we are continuing it as an enrichment activity yearly. The teachers and staff are professional, flexible and committed. They are very supportive and communication is excellent. The lessons are engaging and the students enjoy learning a valuable life skill that we could not provide them with otherwise.”
Mr Richard Blaize – Head of Sixth Form, Paget High School

What’s next?

If you are interested in offering BTEC Driver at your school or college please get in touch.

Our team is happy to help you promote the course to your students. We can run taster sessions, assemblies and attend open evenings.

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