Whoever you do the course with, please remember:
1. Do DSC/VHF not just VHF
2. Take with you at least two passport photos, and your cheque book. Your instructor, if you pass, should apply on your behalf, for the OPERATORS license (hence the photos). This legally allows you to operate any marine radio (with permission of the skipper, of course)
3. Additionaly, when you get a radio, you must pay an annual (£20??) to the ex-Radio Agency for your RADIO license. This legally allows the operation of a radio from your vessel.
4. Top-tip. Learn your phonetic alphabet BEFORE you go on the course. Practice by reading out aloud, car number plates phonetically, as you drive around.