Medical Secretary Diploma (Short)

secretary certificate being studied on a laptopOur home study/distance learning Medical Secretary Diploma (Short) is designed to train you to a professional standard for a rewarding career as a top Medical Secretary or Administrator, focusing on just the core 4 units.  This is a great entry course for those looking to train quickly with enough skills to apply for Medical Secretary and Administrator jobs.

The course is suitable for beginners as well as those already working as a Medical Secretary or Administrator who are looking to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills or who wish to have a refresher course.

This is a shorter course compared to the Medical Secretary Diploma (Full) course which covers a wider range of skills and knowledge and the Medical Secretary Diploma (Full) course also includes the AMSPAR/City & Guilds Medical Terminology exam.

The qualification is accredited by NCFE CQ at Level 3 and is also CPD recognised (Continuous Professional Development).  You will receive certificates listing the units you have studied.  You can add on the remaining units to gain the full Diploma.

Many NHS Trusts including hospitals and medical centres have trained their staff on this course over the years and it is well recognised in the medical profession.

Accreditation by NCFE CQ and CPD

NCFE CQ10460 – Medical Secretary Diploma (Level 3)

CQ10464 – Teeline Shorthand Diploma (Level 3) – Additional Option/Cost

Level 3 is advanced level and the course has been benchmarked using Ofqual’s QCF level descriptors to allow you to consider the depth of study, and level of difficulty involved.  Further information about NCFE Awarding Body and accreditation.

Course Overview

Course Material  There are 2 text books included in this course plus a wide range of course material including demonstration videos, worked examples, build up exercises, information booklets, audio files, interactive typing program etc.

Tutor Support  Qualified and experienced tutors will be working with you throughout the course providing feedback to submitted work, guidance and tutoring via email with the option to book phone/video calls when required.

Accessing Your Course  You will access your course online from your computer, tablet or phone on the move or from home via your Learning Hub Account.

Course Open  Up to 12 months, giving you plenty of flexibility and “time out” for holidays, illness, moving house etc.

Studying  From as little as 2 hours a week or more to suit you – you decide! However, outstanding students and those who study full time can be fast-tracked and potentially complete within 3 months.

100% Complete at home  The whole course, including Assessments can be completed at home – except the external City & Guilds Medical Terminology exam if you choose to sit this.

Careers Advice  CV design, interviews, support whilst applying for jobs included and for up to 2 years after completion.

Students’ Success  Students are successful in gaining a new job, promotion or have more job security upon successful completion of their course.  Some students secure a new job part way through their course.

Course Content

Medical Terminology – 18 Units

This is the main section of the course and covers a wide range of medical terminology relevant to different departments within a hospital or medical centre.  You will learn how medical terms are structured as well as specific definitions for a range of medical conditions.

Business Documents – 3 Units

  • Medical Audio Transcription
  • Medical Documents
  • Touch Typing and Speed Development – Interactive Program


Next Step

For careers and course advice please contact our careers adviser:

There are specific start dates when you can start a course, with limited places available due to the high level of tutoring included in our courses.