If you want to drive a motor car in the UK you have to pass the UK driving test. Before the test you need to get a provisional driving licence which you can apply for online or by post. The cost of a provisional driving licence is £50. Having obtained your provisional you can begin your driving lessons. It is not a legal requirement that you have lessons using a professional approved driving instructor, but it’s unlikely that you will acquire the knowledge ands skills necessary to both pass the test and be a safe driver down the road without professional tuition.
Approved Driving Instructors are professionally qualified to a high standard and their standards are monitored by on going DSA check tests. Instructors are graded from 4-6. Grades lower than this are unsatisfactory and unless the Instructor improves at the re-test he might be taken off the Register.
Before you can take your practical test of driving ability, you need to pass the UK theory test. This consists of 50 multiple choice questions in addition to a hazard perception test. You can practice using mock theory test practice sessions online. When you have passed you are able to apply for the practical test. The practical test will last for about 35-40 minutes (subject to traffic) and involves normal driving, independent driving, possibly an emergency stop, one reversing manoeuvre as well as 2 vehicle check questions.
After you have passed your test it is advisable to take the Pass Plus course designed to introduce you to driving in more varied road and traffic conditions such as motorway driving.