Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Bus & Coach Engineering Maintenance (PSV)

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Bus & Coach Engineering Maintenance (PSV)

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Bus & Coach Engineering Maintenance (PSV)


A Level 3 Apprenticeship in Bus and Coach Engineering is designed for those who wish to pursue a career within the public service vehicle industry and who have a particular interest in buses. It can be completed by staff already in the industry or a new apprentice.

Subjects you may cover include:

  • How to inspect, diagnose and record defects to the applicable standard
  • Diagnostic principles based on logical, analytical interpretation leading to solving problems
  • Emerging bus and coach technologies and the impact they will have on the knowledge and skills technicians will require in the future
  • Current Health and Safety requirements and workshop practices
  • How to carry out high quality road worthiness inspections specific to their trade
  • How the business works from an operational perspective and where their role fits within the business and how they contribute to the success of the organisation
  •  Customer expectations delivering a safe, clean, reliable service
  • The requirements of attending and assessing roadside incidents
  • Carry out the foundation tasks common to all procedures involving basic mechanical and electrical and coachbuilder procedures including: the safe use of hand tools and workshop equipment; safe use of power tools and equipment; the use of mechanical and electronic measuring equipment; test equipment and gauges; basic workshop practices and procedures
  • Inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required company and DVSA standards to successfully pass the elements of mandated, pre-arranged vehicle tests specific to their trade
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to company and legislative processes
  • Use current and emerging technology to access specific relevant information held within engineering manuals, drawings and electronic resources.
  • Carry out planned preventative maintenance and repairs within the chosen trade
  • Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturers and company procedures
  • Investigate defects reported by drivers and identify the root cause and eliminate recurring defects, relevant to the chosen trade
  • Maintain records to company and Operators licence obligations and regulations

At the end of the course, you will gain a Level 3 Bus and Coach Engineering Technician qualification. You can then progress onto a Level 4 Engineering qualification or Level 5 CMI Management and Leadership.

College attendance will be required on block release. You will receive regular workplace visits and you will sit a number of exams during the length of your programme. You will be required to create a portfolio of evidence including end point assessment and you will be required to sit functional skill Level 2 Maths and English if you do not have grades C or above.

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Grades D or above in maths and English.

Course Summary

Length of study:
3 years


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Course level:
Level 3

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