Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership (LEL3)

CTS is the leading provider of Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership (formally BEL) courses in the UK, regularly running approximately twelve courses per year, that provide high quality, cost effective training to individuals, local authorities and other organisations, particularly those working with young people. With a proven track record, we are the ‘preferred provider’ of LEL3 courses for many local authorities, voluntary and statutory organisations, Licenced Organisation’s, and Directly Licenced Centre’s of the DofE, delivering courses in many areas of the country.

Chase Training Solutions, as a Sports Leaders UK Approved Assessment Centre, has been awarded ‘Leadership Academy’ status. Part of the citation reads: ‘Your organisation being a beacon of good practice and a shining example of a centre going the extra mile to support its learners.  You have earned this unique status because you have been able to demonstrate your commitment to the philosophy of Sports Leaders UK and the benefits of leadership to young people and the community. In particular, your appSports Leaders UKlication has provided exemplar pathways that offer real benefits and opportunities to the learner and consequently produces a positive impact on the community.’  We are the FIRST and ONLY outdoor pursuit focused Sports Leaders UK assessment centre to have been awarded this Leadership Academy status for delivering the BEL/LEL3 course.

Since 1989, we have successfully trained over 1300 delegates on these courses!

LEL3 provides skills and experience for those wanting to lead expedition groups in lowland walks and train participants to undertake their own self sufficient expeditions, whilst helping to raise awareness of our environment and promoting physical health & well-being. It also provides a fundamental starting block for further National Governing Body qualifications in outdoor activities, i.e. Hill and Moorland Leader Award, Mountain Leader Award, etc.

LEL3 is the minimum qualification required by most Licensed Organisations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, allowing staff to train and supervise participants for DofE expeditions that take place within ‘typical’ Bronze and Silver terrain, i.e normal rural, open countryside, as indicated in the ‘The Handbook for DofE Leaders’.

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for all of the hard work and effort put into providing us with the necessary training and expertise the pass the Sports Leaders BEL Course. Although the course involved a great deal of time and effort to complete we could not have asked for a more professional, friendly and knowledgeable training provider to prepare us to complete the assessment weekend.”
– Teacher (Secondary School)

The qualification trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers, and other members of the community to:

  • Lead walking groups in lowland countryside – Operating Remit
  • Impart the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a day walk
  • Have responsibility for the care of others while leading a day walk in lowland countryside
  • Plan and lead overnight base and mobile camps.
  • Help young people develop a long-lasting passion for outdoor physical activity.

The qualification is perfect for teachers, tutors, youth leaders, etc., who want to lead their own outdoor expeditions with students and members of their organisation, and is recognised by local authorities.

BEL Course

  • The requirement for a course is a minimum of 135 hours of total qualification time (TQT) (including 30 hours demonstration of leadership), consisting of instruction and practical work and a final assessment weekend. Download the course Learning Outcomes.
  • The delivery of the minimum of 72 tutored hours of the course is usually undertakenBasic Expedition Leadership during five consecutive days (residential), and an additional post training course module.
  • After training, delegates must then complete 30 hours demonstration of lowland walk leadership, and lowland expedition leadership, prior to undertaking a final two-day, two-night, assessment weekend. Guidance and support will be given to delegates for this aspect of the qualification.
  • The syllabus is laid down by Sports Leaders UK and is accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
  • Any person who is 17 years of age or over can commence the LEL3 course training. Participants must be at least 18 years of age before they can qualify.
  • The qualification also counts towards the Volunteering section in all three levels of The Duke of Edinburgh´s Award and, in the case of the five-day course, can be used as a Gold Residential section opportunity.
  • Mountain Training UK include the Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership on the qualification matrix in the National Guidelines for Climbing and Walking Leaders.

CTS organises several ‘open to all’ intensive LEL3 courses per year, during February and October half-term weeks, and the school Easter and summer holidays.

Course Dates – 2018
12th – 16th February (Bentley Copse Scout Campsite – Surrey Hills)
19th – 23rd February (Peckwood Centre – Worcestershire)
9th – 13th April (Longmynd Adventure Camp – Shropshire)
20th – 24th August (Longmynd Adventure Camp – Shropshire)
22nd – 26th October (Peckwood Centre – Worcestershire)

Assessment Dates
6th (evening) – 8th July 2018 (Cotswolds)
6th (evening) – 8th July 2018 (White Peak/Staffordshire Moorlands)
21st (evening) – 23rd September 2018 (White Peak/Staffordshire Moorlands)
26th (evening) – 28th April 2019 (White Peak/Staffordshire Moorlands)

Sample Course Programme

“I learnt a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was really pleased to find that we got NNAS and ESTC bundled into BEL, great value for money! There was precious little ‘down-time’ over the week, meaning our days were fully used. The handouts and pointers to the other resources were valuable. Even after having run 2 Gold and 3 Silver paddling DofE expeditions, I learnt a massive amount and now have the knowledge to help me run this coming year’s events to a significantly higher standard of professionalism.”
– Teacher (Secondary School)

The cost of our LEL3 course is £395. This includes: Sports Leaders UK registration, tuition, residential and camping fees, and the final assessment weekend. Participants meet their own food, transport costs, and other personal expenses. The course also includes the DofE Expedition Supervisor Training Course, which meets the learning objectives for Unit 7 of the LEL3 course (‘Management of unaccompanied groups in open countryside’), and is delivered in partnership with The Boys’ Brigade, plus the Silver Level of the National Navigation Award Scheme, delivered in partnership with Discovery Through Adventure.

We are also able to ‘signpost’ delegates who have attended one of our LEL3 courses, to an opportunity for them to complete the DofE Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme course. EAAS courses will be available at a date after the LEL3 training. These courses are organised and delivered independently by The Boys’ Brigade at a cost of £30, and are also advertised on the DofE website.

““Hi Dave – just a quick email to say many thanks for the BEL course last week; I was a bit worried it would be rather ‘dry’; but I was more than pleased to find the reality was otherwise. In 22 years of education/teaching, I can honestly say this was the best course I’ve yet been on. Owen was superb – told us what we legally and educationally needed to know, then backed that up with pragmatic, common-sense info; and his knowledge of his subject was beyond impressive. I think he could tell me black is white and I’d believe him. The density of knowledge passed on in the 5 days was, in retrospect, staggering. Even more staggering, as I think about it, most if not all of it seems to have stuck in my late-middle-age (and therefore usually increasingly forgetful) brain. Can’t thank/praise Owen enough. I’m looking forward to getting back to school next week so I can bang on in DofE sessions about everything covered on the course. I hope the other course attendees enjoyed it half as much as I did. Regards – and thanks again”
– Teacher (Secondary School)

Basic Expedition Leadership

All our LEL3 training courses are based at residential centres where you will be required to lightweight camp for two consecutive nights to meet Sports Leaders UK requirements. Centre’s include:

Longmynd Adventure Camp
Peckwood Centre
Bentley Copse Scout Campsite

Items of equipment will be needed for the course, i.e. lightweight tent, camping stove, etc., but often it is possible to borrow or share items with other delegates. Download the Equipment List.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our LEL3 courses.

Testimonials from our BEL/LEL3 courses

Has your organisation got six or more delegates who wish to undertake this training? If yes, please contact us to discuss arranging a bespoke LEL3 course for your group or organisation in your area.  We regularly organise and run courses for local authorities, schools, DofE Licenced Organisations, Directly Licenced Centre’s, and organisations from across the UK.

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