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!

The LEL3 course is a national qualification, recognised and required by many organisations and local authorities, for leading groups into UK lowland areas, both in residential and non-residential settings. LEL3 also provides a fundamental starting block for further National Governing Body qualifications in outdoor activities.

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.

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 Learning Outcomes
  • The delivery of the minimum of 70 tutored hours of the course is usually undertakenBasic Expedition Leadership during five consecutive days (residential), and an additional post training course module, followed by the assessment weekend.
  • 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.

22nd – 26th October 2017 (Peck Wood Centre, Worcestershire) – Course Programme

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 (delivered in partnership with The Boys’ Brigade), and the Silver level of the National Navigation Award Scheme (delivered in partnership with Discovery Through Adventure).

For an additional £20, we are also able to offer delegates who have attended one of our LEL3 courses, the opportunity to complete the DofE Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme course, in partnership with The Boys’ Brigade. EAAS courses will be available as a ‘bolt on’ opportunity to the LEL3 training, at a date after the LEL3 course.

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 and Peck Wood Centre

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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