Ambulance Driver Training in Southampton

Are you training to be a paramedic and need a C1 licence to be able to drive an ambulance? Well, we can help you with this. Our Ambulance Driver Training course in Southampton contains everything you need to get your C1 licence.  Our depot is based in Otterbourne and we cover multiple areas in Southampton.

Ambulance Driver Training Process

Find out more about the process of achieving your C1 licence so that you can drive an ambulance.


To drive an ambulance, you will need to undertake a medical.  This is to ensure that you are medically fit to drive an LGV.  As part of our Ambulance Driver Training Package, we can arrange a local medical for you.  The medical consists of an eyesight test, Blood Pressure test and questions about your health and lifestyle.  You will need to fill out a D4 form before you attend your medical. Here’s a link to the DVSA for the D4 form for you to look at:

Medical examination report for a lorry or bus driving licence (D4) – GOV.UK (

Provisional Licence

Before you can even get inside a vehicle you will need to have the correct provisional licence.  To drive an ambulance, you will need a C1 provisional licence.  You will need a D2 form to complete this part. You can get this from the DVSA website: we have provided a link here for you to order one: Become a qualified lorry or bus driver: Applying for a provisional lorry or bus licence – GOV.UK (

Theory Tests

You will need to complete at least 2 theory tests before you can start your practical Ambulance driver training.

Multiple choice – 100 multiple choice questions cover the basics of safe and proficient driving of large, commercial vehicles. You must receive 85/100 to pass.

Hazard Perception – Hazard perception clips are computer-generated imagery from the perspective of a passenger in the video.  You must click when you see a potential or developing hazard on the screen.  Each of the 19 clips is 1 minute long and the sooner you react, the more points you will score.  You must score 67/100 points to pass.

If you wish to use your C1 licence for hire and reward, you will need to complete the driver’s CPC.  Find out more about drivers CPC here:

Driver CPC

Practical Driver Training

Ambulance driver training is conducted in one of our Iveco Daily 7.5 tonne vans. You will be taken out on the road by one of our highly trained driving instructors.  When you are out on the road, you will become familiar with the test route as well as being briefed by your instructor on road safety.  You will be required to practice some manoeuvres such as the reversing exercise.

We will arrange your DVSA test for you and you will be informed of the time and location.  All that is left to do is to pass!

You will be informed as soon as your test ends whether you have passed or failed.

Areas we cover

We can offer Ambulance Driver Training to the following areas.

Chandlers Ford
Hedge End

Ambulance Driver Training FAQ's

What training do you need to be an ambulance drive?

You will need to complete a C1 licence course.  To get your C1 licence, you need to pass a medical, apply for a provisional licence, take & pass 2 theory tests and take and pass your practical DVSA driving test.

How long does it take to train to be an ambulance driver?

Our Ambulance driver training courses are held over 4 days including your DVSA test.  Prior to the practical driver training you will have to complete your theories, medical and obtain your provisional licence, the time this takes will be dependent on availability of test and when you successfully pass them.

How do I become an ambulance driver in the UK?

To become an ambulance driver in the UK you need to sit and pass your C1 licence test.  This will mean that you are able to safely drive an ambulance on the UK roads.

Can you drive an ambulance without being a paramedic?

In short no.  It is unlikely you will be able to get a job just driving an ambulance.  To drive an ambulance its likely you will need to be qualified as either a paramedic or a patient transport service driver who will have skills in first aid, assessing, treating, and caring for patients.