Are you ready for a challenge? Explore the great outdoors and build up practical, personal and leadership skills with these nationally recognised qualifications.

You will need to be committed, enthusiastic and ready for action!


Few things tell more about your strength of character than the achievement of a gold award. The scheme is demanding but you will be able to do it. For a gold award you must satisfy the requirements of the following five sections:

  • Service – anything from conservation projects to life saving
  • Skills – from fishing to singing
  • Physical Recreation – from Aikido to skiiling
  • Residential – from Outward Bound to voluntary help with the elderly
  • Expeditions – Dartmoor to the Andes

Each year approximately 40 students participate in the award scheme. You will meet once a week and take part in a minimum of three training ventures for the expedition. The numbers we can accommodate on expeditions are limited so places are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

You must be prepared to commit four weekends and to pay towards the cost of the expeditions for your Duke of Edinburgh Award. In return, participation generates self-confidence, genuine achievement and an award that is internationally recognised by universities and employers.

Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership (LEL 3)

LEL follows on from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the first year and is ideal for those students interested in teaching, youth work or working in the outdoors.

Emphasis is on the skills of leadership, expedition planning, navigation and you will acquire greater awareness of access/conservation issues.

The age requirement is 17 years and the course lasts two terms.

Prior experience of hill/lowland walking is essential and a logbook of 12 days walks following way marked routes is required. Cost of enrolment is £60.