The Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership (BEL) is a nationally recognised qualification that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and other members of the community to:

  • Lead walking groups in lowland countryside
  • 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.

The award looks at group management, navigation skills, leadership skills, risk assessment, emergency scenarios and camp craft.

It is run over a series of weekends with a formal assessment held at the end. 

For more information please visit Sports Leaders UK

The qualification does not qualify people to lead groups in remote or mountainous areas.

The Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership has nine units of work including 30 hours demonstration of leadership:

Unit Unit Title Guided Learning Hours
1 Plan a walk for a group in lowland countryside 8 hours
2 Prepare for a walk in lowland countryside 6 hours
3 Establish and maintain safe practice during walks or expeditions 6 hours
4 Lead sessions that impart the knowledge and skills required to walk in lowland countryside 8 hours
5 Lead a walk in lowland countryside 25 hours
6 Navigation for the Walk Leader 15 hours
7 Manage and develop personal walking leadership experience 8 hours
8 Management of unaccompanied groups in the countryside 6 hours
9 Campcraft for the Expedition Leader 45 hours

If you are a group of people looking at achieving your BEL award then please contact us and we can tailor the course to fit in with your timetable.

If you are from a school and require the BEL award to help run the Duke of Edinburgh Award then please get in touch. 

If you are looking to take part in a BEL course please contact us so that we can inform you of the course dates.
To book a place on our BEL courses or to find out any further information then please contact us.


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