Bus and Coach Engineering

Reaseheath delivers bus and coach apprenticeship training for industry leading company First Bus.

As a bus and coach engineering apprentice you will predominantly inspect, diagnose, repair and test equipment and systems on buses and coaches from different manufacturers.

At college you will learn the practical theory in our new Reaseheath Apprenticeship Engineering Academy.


Level 3 apprenticeship

Duration of course

3 years

What qualifications will the apprentice gain?

Study Information

  • 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
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If the apprentice is:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) their training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) training is funded from employers Digital Apprenticeship Service Account
    *small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


We offer a high-quality college bus service which collects over 1,400 students every day from across Cheshire and surrounding areas. This makes getting to Reaseheath easy, safe and affordable for all of our students.