The £30 I paid was worth it - well laid out notes which included the schedules, regulations...
At least half a dozen people - many lecturing on a portion of the course, using slide shows and bits of equipment (and also renaming the SWR meter to a swear meter).
Plus tea, coffee, sugar, milk, biscuits and people to chat to about any radio (or non radio) related stuff before, after and when on a break.
One club member also had to be at home to chat to us during the QSO on HF for the practical's so it's also his time (plus people setting up the equipment before the course).
Surly if someone is willing to spend money buying equipment to get into amateur radio, then a small fee for peoples time to get you through the exam is not much to ask.
My course and the exam took 7 weeks - also including a mock exam in week 6 so we could concentrate on our downfalls during the week for the exam.