Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership (BEL)


group photoThe Level 3 Certificate in Basic Expedition Leadership (BEL) is a nationally recognised qualification that trains and qualifies teachers, youth workers and others to lead people on overnight expeditions in lowland countryside. 


The qualification is normally the minimum required by most Licensed Organisations for staff to supervise groups taking part in the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Most Bronze and many Silver expeditions are carried out in 'BEL territory' so holders of the award should have no problem supervising groups up to Silver level assuming that the expeditions are carried out in suitable countryside.


There are no prerequisites to joining a course. While no doubt some experience will be useful you don't need to have logged any teaching or personal experience hours prior to the training.


What's Involved


The training consists of 70 hours of instruction which takes place over a 6 day period period.

Our Training Dates Description and location Cost Closing date for bookings
30 May - 4 June 2017 Week long training at Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre, Yorkshire £380 16 April 2017
23-28 October 2017 Week long training at Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre, Yorkshire £380 5 September 2017


As a part of the training course you have to complete a 2 night and 2 day expedition which we carry out during the week. The course fee does not include accommodation, if you would like us to arrange bunk accommodation at the field centre for you then let us know, the price for full board is £585. If you want to book your own accommodation then bear in mind that  The first two nights we will be in Malham. The next two nights we will be out on an expedition and we will book suitable campsites on the course and the last night we will be back in Malham.

 field centre


The basic programme and accommodation plan is as follows

Day Syllabus Covered Accommodation
Day 1
  • Introduction to the course
  • Teaching Navigation Indoors
  • Teaching Navigation outdoors
Accommodation needed.
(we can arrange if you like)
Day 2
  • Planning a day walk
  • Weather forecasts
  • Emergency procedures
  • More outdoor navigation classes
Accommodation needed.
(we can arrange if you like)
Day 3
  • Expedition kit and rucksack packing
  • Fitness and food
  • Planning an overnight trip
  • Country code
  • Session planning

Start of Expedition

Day 4 Expedition Camping
Day 5 Expedition
  • Evaluating personal performance
  • Leadership
Accommodation needed.
(we can arrange if you like)
Day 6
  • Outdoor instruction
  • Leading a group (focussing on Risks)
  • Evaluating personal performance


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Before coming back for assessment you need to have completed 30 hours of instruction where you put the training into practice under the supervision of a suitably qualified person. We can help you during your consolidation period if you require it.

 malham tarn


The assessment takes place over a long weekend (Friday night to Sunday evening) and again is carried out under 'expedition conditions' whereby you will be camping (at different campsites) for both nights of the assessment.


Dates  Type of Course  Location Cost 
30 Sep - 02 October 2016 Assessment Yorkshire £130
19-21 May 2017 Assessment Yorkshire £130



Group bookings

If you have a number of staff that wish to complete the Basic Expedition Leader Award within your school or group of academies then please get in touch get in touch to set some dates that suit you.


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'Andy was a very good instructor, he took the time to explain things and communicated brilliantly with the group'


'Excellent course, really enjoyed'


'Thank you for an enjoyable 6 days'


'Good mix of classroom and outside, final day of navigation was brill'


'Works brilliant as a six day course. Tiring but great fun'


'Enjoyable with a good group and helpful and knowledgeable tutor'


'The best part of the course was improving and practicing skills in a non-threatening environment'