I think that it's about £250 plus whatever the books cost (These are available directly from GUE)http://www.gue.com/classroom/dirfund.shtml
the manuals are at http://www.gue.com/catalog/order
The 'Student Package' gives you electrionic membership to GUE and access to the quest list.
The list isn't as good as it used to be but it's worth it just so you can access the archives which contain lots of useful information.
You're expected to have read the material before the course starts. You bring all your own equipment as well as an open mind.
I've got the manual and workbook if ever you want to have a look at them.
Accomodation fee's and boat fee's (if there are any) are also additional.
Apparently the course is very intense. Starts on the Friday evening and finishes on the Sunday afternoon / evening. Runs into the evenings on the Saturday as well. As far as I'm aware they're usually based in Portland.
This course is a pre-requisit for any further GUE courses.
The reason that I want to do the course is that I think that it's a good benchmark to see exactly where you're at, dive skill wise. I want to progress to other diving which is a bit more challenging and rather than just do a course and someone give you a card. I think that I really need a proper assesment and a bit of guidance.
There's a couple of projects which I have in mind (purely in the mind at the moment though) which would require additional training. I'm basing the decision on pursuing this training on the results of the Fundamental course.