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Medical Secretary Diploma (Full)

Our Medical Secretary Diploma Level 3 course is accredited by NCFE CQ, City & Guilds/AMSPAR and is also CPD recognised (Continuous Professional Development).

This is an online distance learning course you can study from your own home or work.

Suitable for beginners and those already working as a Medical Secretary or Administrator who are looking to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills and looking to increase job opportunities and promotion prospects.

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

Accreditation by NCFE CQ and CPD plus City & Guilds/AMSPAR (option)

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.

NCFE 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

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/AMSPAR Medical Terminology external exam

You have the choice of sitting this external exam if you wish, or you can complete the NCFE CQ Medical Terminology assessment at home.  You can decide which option you would like to choose when ready to sit the exam.

Course Overview

There are 3 text books included in this course – which you can refer to after you have completed your 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 18 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 4 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 32 different units in this course covering a wide range of skills and knowledge required for a typical Medical Secretary/Administrator role.  To pass each unit you will complete an office style assessment with some units jointly assessed as they cover multi skills.  Some units are small which you can complete in a few hours with others requiring a bit more thinking and planning.

The Medical Terminology (18 units) is assessed in one assessment, either by sitting the City & Guilds/AMPSAR external exam or by sitting then NCFE CQ accredited exam at home and submitted electronically.

You can complete the whole course, including assessments at home and submit these electronically, except for the external City & Guilds Medical Terminology exam.


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.  If you choose to sit the City & Guilds/AMSPAR Medical Terminology you will receive a separate certificate directly from the centre where you sit your exam.

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
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 course (details about subscription for Office 365 available from us).  You can use a Mac or Windows computer.
OPTION - Teeline Shorthand Diploma - special discount rate - £180 (normal price £250) when enrolling on this course
Teeline TheorySpeed Development from 40 wpm up to 100 wpm
Business Correspondence Dictation and TranscriptionMinutes of Business Meetings

The theory text book is included in the course.  You will need a shorthand notebook and biro.

Course Fees – £1,395 including VAT

Payment Options  and Discounts (Click each tab for more info)

Pay in Full - 20% Discount
Pay Quarterly -10% Discount
Pay monthly over 12 months
City & Guilds/AMSPAR external Medical Terminology Exam
Enrolment Form
Pay in Full - 20% Discount

Currently offering 20% Discount for paying in full - save £279!

Course fees reduced to £1,116 including VAT.  You can pay by debit or credit card or by bank transfer.


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

The course is however open for you to study for up to 1½ years providing time out for holidays, family events etc.

Pay Quarterly -10% Discount

Currently offering 10% Discount for paying quarterly - Saving £139.50

Each payment is £306.37 including VAT.  First payment is due on enrolling, second payment 3 months after start date, third payment 6 months after start date and the final payment 9 months after start date.

The course is spread over the payment plan.

The course is open for you to study for up to 1½ years providing time out for holidays, family events etc and enabling you to study from as little as 2 hours a week.

Pay monthly over 12 months

You can pay monthly over 12 months. Each monthly payment is £116.25.

The first payment can be made by credit or debit card. The remaining 11 payments are paid by standing order.

The course is spread over a minimum of 12 months to reflect the payment plan.

The course is open for you to study for up to 1½ years providing time out for holidays, family events etc and enabling you to study from as little as 2 hours a week.

City & Guilds/AMSPAR external Medical Terminology Exam

If you decide to sit this external exam here is some key information:

You will need to pay for your exam entry fees direct to the centre where you will sit the exam.

Centres are currently charging between £120-£150 as a guide. 

The entry fees need to be paid about 2 months prior to the exam date. 

The exam is held 3 times a year (February, June and November). 

We will provide details of centres and how to register nearer the time you are ready to book, if you choose this option.

If you decide not to sit this external exam you can sit the NCFE CQ Medical Terminology exam at home.  The entry fees are included in the course fees.

You can decide which option you would like to take when you are ready to sit the exam.

Enrolment Form

Click on the box below to complete an Enrolment Form.

Once received we shall acknowledge safe receipt and reserve a place for you on your chosen start date.  Places are limited for each start date especially at popular times of the year.

We will then send an invoice for the course fees (depending on your chosen payment option). You can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer.

Once payment has been received we shall complete your enrolment and confirm your place on the course.



July 2020
14 July - last start date before summer break
September 2020
1 September, 8 September, 22 September and 29 September
October 2020
6 October, 20 October and 27 October