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

This Diploma is a fully accredited qualification by NCFE CQ, awarding organisation recognised by UK qualification regulators. NCFE qualifications are both UK and internationally recognised.

CQ10460 – Medical Secretary Diploma (Level 3)

We are an approved NCFE CQ Centre. NCFE is one of the leading vocational awarding bodies in the UK and is also recognised internationally.

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 Content

There is a Medical Secretary text book and a Medical Dictionary included in the course.

You will access your course online via our Lewis College Learning Hub at times to suit you – from your computer, tablet or phone on the move or from home.  You can download all the courseware as you progress through each unit to keep for future reference.

Our qualified and experienced tutors will provide personal feedback, demonstration videos for further guidance, worked examples, support and guidance throughout including mentoring.  We teach beyond the qualification and include additional topics that directly benefit you.

You will complete mock exams for the Medical Terminology section of the course.

Study from as little as 2 hours a week!

The course is open for you to study for up to 12 months giving you plenty of flexibility and “time out” for holidays, illness, moving house etc.

You can study from as little as 2 hours a week, or however many hours you choose, or even full time if you wish to complete the course in less than 2 months.  You can study more one week, less the next – flexible and easy to manage your study times to fit in with your lifestyle.

Range of topics

There are 20 different units in this course covering the core skills and knowledge required for a typical Medical Secretary/Administrator role.

You can complete the whole course, including assessments at home and submit these electronically.


You will receive certificates issued by NCFE and The CPD Accreditation Group.  These will list the full range of units and the Medical Secretary Diploma Level 3 identifying the range of knowledge and skills you have achieved.

Free careers advice and support for up to 2 years after completion

We offer free careers advice, interview technique guidance and support whilst applying for jobs both during the course and for up to 2 years after completion.  Most of our students secure a new job or gain promotion whilst studying with us or after they have completed their course.

Medical Terminology - 18 Units
Basic Term ConstructionDigestive System
Respiratory SystemCardiovascular System
Blood and Lymphatic SystemOncology
Renal SystemMale Reproduction System
Female Reproductive SystemPregnancy, Childbirth and Paediatrics
Muscular SystemNervous System
Connective SystemInfection and Disease
Pathology and DrugsSensory Organs
Endocrine SystemRevision and Mocks
Secretarial Units
Medical Word Processing (Medical Letters, Medical Reports, Medical Tables)
Medical Audio Transcription
Touch Typing and Speed Development using our interactive program. Speed Exam.

You will need MS Word for this section of the course.  Monthly subscription available.  Details on request.

Course Fees – £720 including VAT and text books

Pay in Full – Early Booking 30% Discount – available for limited period!

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You can study the course full time or part time – fast tracking as much as you wish.

Pay Monthly over 8 months

You can also pay for the course fees on a monthly basis at £90 per month over 8 months.  The course is spread over the payment plan.  The first monthly payment can be made by credit card and the remaining 7 payments by standing order.

October 2020

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How to Enrol

If you would like to enrol on this course:Enrolment Form.