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Medical Secretary Diploma

Our home study/distance learning specialised Medical Secretary Diploma NCFE CQ is a very popular course and designed to train you to a professional standard for a rewarding career as a top Medical Secretary or Administrator!

The qualification 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 and develop their skills further to boost confidence and increase job opportunities.

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

Career Salaries

Average salaries for Medical Secretaries is £27,800 (

Home Study/Distance Learning – with a difference!

This is a home study/distance learning course with personal tutor support throughout providing guidance, feedback, individually marked work – similar to a classroom based course but without the need to attend any classes!

You can study as and when you wish – there are no set time frames to complete your work within other than the overall course time frame.  Some weeks you may wish to study more and then less the following week.  All very flexible!

The course is open for 16 months and you can study full time or part time to fit in around your other commitments completing the course in a short time or at a slower pace to suit.

Accreditation – NCFE CQ

The course is a fully accredited qualification and upon successful completion you will be awarded the:

CQ10460 – Medical Secretary Diploma (Level 3)

City & Guilds/AMSPAR 5519-12 – Medical Terminology Award (Level 2) – (Option)

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

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.

City & Guilds and AMSPAR provide key qualifications for those looking to work as a Medical Secretary or Administrator.   You have the choice of sitting the external Medical Terminology exam at an exam centre or sitting this exam at home for accreditation through NCFE CQ.

Course Content

There is a Personal Development text book, Medical Secretary text book and a Medical Dictionary included in the course, IT manuals, demonstration videos, information booklets, mock exams, worked examples,  marked assignments and tasks, ongoing tutor support.  You will complete untimed Assessments or timed exams at the end of each Unit for submission to NCFE.

City & Guilds Medical Terminology Award exam

You will also complete mocks for the Medical Terminology exam for those choosing to sit the external City & Guilds exam.  We source a suitable centre for you to sit this exam.  Exam entry fees are payable direct to the exam centre about 2 months prior to the exam.  Centres are currently charging between £90-£150.

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
Medical Secretary Diploma - IT, Administration, Business Documents and Personal Development Units
Outlook - Email and PIMInternet and Web Research
Excel - Spreadsheets and ChartsPowerPoint - Electronic Presentations
Business MeetingsDiary Management
Composing Medical Letters and EmailsMedical Documents (Letters, Reports, Articles)
Medical Audio TranscriptionAdvanced Mail Merge
Professional Customer Care SkillsProfessional Telephone and Communication Skills
Managing WorkloadManaging Professional Working Relationships
Touch Typing and Speed Development - using our interactive program - Speed Exam

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

Course Fees, Discounts, Payment and Study Options

Course Fees
Shorthand - additional option - special discount rate
15% Discount for Paying in Full
You can complete the course in as little as 6 months or as soon as you wish.
10% Discount for Paying Quarterly
You can complete the course over 12 months.
Each quarter payment £303.75
PAYG - Pay as you go - Monthly Subscription
No interest charged and no finance agreement.
You can pay monthly by standing order.
You can stop your course at any time you wish.
You can decide on the monthly amount you pay to suit your own budget.
The course programme is spread over the payment plan.
This enables all students to study with us no matter what their budget.