Intensive Driving Courses in Colchester

Drivers in Colchester don’t always have it easy, with a local stretch of the A12 once voted the worst road in the country. But at least PassMeFast makes getting your licence as simple as possible. We said no to the slow pace of traditional lessons and yes to a range of semi-intensive and intensive driving courses tailored to suit all learners. To find out more about our driving crash courses in Colchester, and to see what makes our driving school different, read on!

Booking an intensive driving course in Colchester

Not sure what to expect from PassMeFast intensive driving lessons? Allow us to take a minute to run through it all.

Firstly, and unlike other companies, we don’t make every learner take the same number of lessons. Instead, we have a range of different intensive courses, each suited to someone at a different stage of their driving journey. Check them all out on our prices page, or visit our course recommender to discover your perfect choice.

Our courses may be intensive, but we won’t rush you. You control the pace, and have the option to go for lessons in blocks as short as 2 hours and as long as 5. This means that you can complete our 25-hour course, for example, in just a 5-day period if you’re going fully intensive. Alternatively, with a semi-intensive schedule, you can spread out your driving lessons over a longer period.

Interested in automatic intensive driving lessons in Colchester?

Though manual cars are the most popular choice on Britain’s roads, they’re not the only way to go. Many learners prefer automatics—that’s why we give you a choice of gearbox. Choose an automatic course when booking in, and we’ll assign you an instructor with an automatic vehicle in your area. Please note that prices may vary by transmission.

We only work with DVSA-approved driving instructors, ensuring that you’re in safe hands when learning to drive. Their positive, supportive attitude, encyclopedic knowledge of motoring, and experience on all of Colchester’s roads add up to a winning combination. So, while no one can ever bank on a guaranteed pass, you can breathe easy, knowing that, by the time you’re sat in the test centre waiting to take your practical, you’ll be confident and ready to take on the roads.

If you’d like to learn more about what we have to offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team by calling us on 0333 123 4949. You can also book your course online—just click the button below to get things started.

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Why choose PassMeFast for your intensive driving course?

  • Courses to suit all drivers
  • Flexible driving lessons to fit any schedule
  • Learn with experienced instructors
  • Home and workplace pickups
  • Pass in as little as one week

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Practical Driving Test Centres in Colchester

While the very best test centre pass rates are often in far-flung locations, virtually all learners, if given the choice, would opt to take their test close to home. Luckily, learners in this area are able to do just that. That’s because the Colchester driving test centre is in a convenient location, just to the south of the city centre. If you’re just outside of Colchester, you may wish to consider another Essex test centre, such as Clacton-on-Sea or Chelmsford Hanbury Road.

Theory Test Centres in Colchester

Colchester is home to one of Essex’s five theory test centres. So, if you live in the local area, simply visit the Colchester theory test centre to complete this crucial stage of your driving journey. Other test centres in the county include Southend-on-Sea and Chelmsford. When preparing for your test, remember that the multiple choice section is only one half of the story—you’ll also need to prepare for the hazard perception section, which includes a range of CGI clips to reflect different weather conditions.

Haven't taken your theory test yet?

DVSA rules state that you must take your theory test before booking a practical—there’s no two ways about it! To make sure you’ve passed it in good time, add a theory test onto your PassMeFast course. We’ll arrange for the test to take place at a local test centre at a time that’s convenient for you, and can even fast-track your test!

Driving in and around Colchester

As one of Essex’s largest and busiest towns, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that Colchester has some of the county’s most dangerous roads. This is no reason not to learn to drive here, though—it simply means you need to keep your wits about you when behind the wheel, and employ defensive driving techniques to keep yourself safe.

Map of Colchester within Essex

Learners in the Colchester area will begin their test in an industrial estate in the Old Heath area of town, before progressing on to urban, suburban and rural roads in the local area. It’ll certainly put your abilities under the microscope—but, after having taken your PassMeFast course, you’ll have all the skills under your belt to succeed.

Driving Instructors in Colchester

Most learners find driving instructors in Colchester by searching online or through a recommendation. Many instructors use social media or websites to advertise themselves and some are listed on the DVSA website. It can be difficult to find an available instructor — they’re still in very high demand after lockdowns, with some waiting lists up to 4 months long! 

Need a driving instructor in Colchester? PassMeFast do the hard work of matching you with an instructor that suits your availability. We have NUMBER driving instructors in and around Essex who’ll work around your schedule and help you get on the road in a flash. 

Wondering how fast you can pass? Our flexible but intensive driving courses mean you learn efficiently and boost your chances of passing ASAP. Instead of making you wait for ages for a test after your lessons, we fast-track your test before assigning an expert driving instructor to teach you. This goal-focused structure ensures your driving skills are fresh in your mind for your test so you’re more likely to pass. 

Over 50,000 people have taken the faster route to driving with PassMeFast — and you can be next! Enter your postcode here to find prices in your area.

Driving Schools in Colchester

Instead of learning to drive with an independent driving instructor, some people choose to learn with a driving school. Driving schools tend to offer a slower, more traditional approach to learning to drive than intensive course specialists like PassMeFast.  

The major downside of the traditional 1- or 2-hour weekly lesson is that you don’t get to book a test until your instructor thinks you are ready — and with most test centres in Essex being fully booked months in advance, you could end up waiting a long time (and wasting money on lessons to stop your skills from getting rusty while you wait). 

PassMeFast works around you and your schedule, and your lessons will be at a pace that works for you in a modern, goal-focused way. PassMeFast is the faster and easier route to driving — we’ll do all the admin, our courses include a fast-tracked practical test date, and your driving instructor will pick you up from home or work.

Colchester Fact File

Famous for... Oldest town in Britain
Population 121,859
County Essex
Local council Colchester
Major local roads A12 to London and Lowestoft
 to Harwich and Puckeridge
A133 to Clacton-on-Sea
A134 to King's Lynn
Railway station Colchester train station
More local information Google Maps
Weather in Colchester

Places near Colchester


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  • Tiptree is one of the claimants to the title of the “largest village in England
  • The preserves manufacturer Wilkin & Sons has its base in Tiptree
  • A local landmark is the grade II listed Messing Maypole Mill, which is now a private residence
  • One of the town’s more unusual claims to fame is the Tiptree Sneeze viral video

West Mersea

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  • West Mersea is the larger of the two towns on Mersea Island, the other being East Mersea
  • It is speculated that Roman settlement took place here due to the presence of buildings from the era
  • Next to the West Mersea Yacht Club, one of the UK’s first inshore lifeboat stations was established in 1963
  • Mersea Island has been well known for its oysters for centuries


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  • Until the nineteenth century, Wivenhoe acted as the port for nearby Colchester
  • Wivenhoe lies close to the epicentre of the Great English earthquake, the most destructive in the last four centuries
  • Close to the town is Wivenhoe Park, which is home to Wivenhoe House, subject of a Constable painting
  • Wivenhoe Park is today the Colchester campus of the University of Essex

Which Areas Does PassMeFast Cover?

PassMeFast’s coverage area includes tens of millions of potential drivers across the UK. This includes the entire county of Essex—great news if you’re just outside Colchester! To learn more about driving with us in a few nearby locations, visit the links below.

No matter which part of the county you’re in, we’re ready to help you to get your full UK driving licence. All you need to do to get started is to give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or visit our online booking form by clicking the button below.

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What is the driving test pass rate in Colchester?

The driving test pass rate in Colchester is 43.9%. It’s understandable that some people choose their test centre based on the pass rate, but it’s not as important as you’d think. There are lots of factors that can influence a pass rate, such as the number of tests taken in the area. Whether or not you pass simply depends on how you perform on the day.

Where is the local driving test centre in Colchester?

The local driving test centre in Colchester is the Colchester test centre. Just pop CO2 8HF into the Sat Nav and head to Grange Way bright and early. It’s usually best to pick the test centre closest to you when you book your test. You’ll do your driving lessons in this area and become familiar with the route you’ll use during the test.