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Bus Driver in the UK

Published: 18.12.2013, Updated: 05.03.2017

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Are you thinking of becoming a bus driver when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your training is completed? If so the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a bus driver in England.


Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: tend to, adhere to, stringent, patience, senior citizen, self-awareness, the upshot, nightmare, vehicle, steamed up, season, harsh

PCV Licence = Passenger Carrying Vehicle Licence

Listen to the following interview with a bus driver in the UK and find out:

  • Where he works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK he works.
  • Why he chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a bus driver.
  • Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
  • What he likes best and least about his job.
  • How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.


Bus Driver - Interview 

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a bus driver in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required? Below, you will find some useful links:
  2. Now compare a bus driver's job and education in the UK with a bus driver's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse 





After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • The bus driver only takes exact change for the bus fare.
  • The passenger also wants a ticket for a child.
  • The passenger asks for help with his suitcase but the bus driver says that it isn't part of his job.
  • The passenger complains and asks the bus driver to talk to some noisy teenagers.