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Medical Secretary Diploma (Short)

Complete whole course online - successful students have gained employment with NHS.

Lewis College


£950 inc VAT
Or £79.17/mo. for 12 months...
Study method
Distance learning
18 months · Self-paced
No formal qualification
250 CPD hours / points
Endorsed by NCFE CQ
  • Certificate of completion - Free
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Study from as little as £53 per month!

Our 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.

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.


Endorsed by NCFE CQ


Certificate of completion

Digital certificate - Included


250 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Group


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.

CareersAdvice 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 ContentMedical 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

Who is this course for?

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.


IT knowledge

Business standard written English

A computer and Internet connection

MS Office 2013 or more recent versions or Office 365.

Career path

The national average salaryfor Medical Secretaryis £22,189 per year in United Kingdom.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body's logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.