Lowland Expedition Leadership

Level 3 Qualification

CTS is the leading provider of Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership (formally BEL) courses in the UK, regularly running several 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, National Operating Authorities and Directly Licenced Centres of the DofE, delivering courses in many areas of the country.

Chase Training Solutions, as a Sports Leaders 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 and the benefits of leadership to young people and the community. In particular, your application 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 assessment centre to have been awarded this Leadership Academy status for delivering the BEL/LEL3 course.

Since 1989, we have successfully trained over 1650 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 and 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 a recognised qualification required by most Licensed Organisations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, allowing staff to train and supervise participants for overnight 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’.

Unlike other NGB awards based on hill/mountain walking, the LEL3 learning outcomes look at developing a broader range of ‘soft and hard’ leadership and other key skills that are required to successfully lead and teach young people, particularly those undertaking their DofE, the knowledge and proficiency needed to successfully complete an expedition, meeting the aim and achieving the benefits of the DofE Expedition section and those of the wider DofE programme. Delegates leave the course ‘better equipped’ to truly lead and inspire young people within the DofE, hence the reason these courses are so popular and have been so for well-over 30 years!

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


  • Assist in the delivery of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions for the Bronze/Silver awards within the scope of the qualification – Operating Remit.
  • Can support qualifications such as BTECs in Public Services and Sport by providing experience of outdoor leadership.
  • The Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership is perfect for teachers/tutors who want to lead their own outdoor expeditions with students and is recognised by local authorities.
  • Helps young people develop a long-lasting passion for outdoor physical activity.

Outdoor Activity Centres

  • Enhance your organisation’s offer to local schools and community groups.
  • Help create a future employment and volunteer workforce.
  • Improve young people’s awareness of your local environment.
  • Develop young people’s vital transferable leadership skills.
Chase Training Solutions Lowland Expedition Leadership LEL 3

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 undertaken during five consecutive days (residential), or a weekend-based course 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 and is accredited on the Required Qualification Framework (RQF).

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.

Courses Dates

Assessment Dates

Courses Dates

31st July / 4th August


Lowland Expedition Leadership LeveL 3


23rd/27th October


Lowland Expedition Leadership LeveL 3


Assessment Dates


Staffordshire Moorlands/White Peak

Lowland Expedition Leadership LeveL 3 Assessment

(Included in Course fee)

£350.00 plus VAT. This includes Sports Leaders registration, tuition, residential and camping fees and the final assessment weekend. Participants meet their own food, transport costs and other personal expenses. Schools and VAT registered organisations are able to reclaim the VAT charged on the invoices we raise.