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Medical Secretary Level 3

Course Code: ABC1023
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Looking for a career change?

Develop your skills to help your dream job as a medical secretary become a reality, with a flexible home learning course.

This course will allow you to:

  • Gain the knowledge and understanding of the duties of a medial secretary and working within the clinical environment
  • Understand the different requirements of primary and secondary care
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of key medical terminology and abbreviations
  • Understand the function and process of medical administration
  • Study at your own time and pace
  • Hand in assignments with no deadlines or timetabling to contend with
  • Choose whether you want to study this course online or by a posted course pack

Home learning is simple and stress-free.  Enrol today and join the 50,000 people who have improved their career prospects by studying with us. 

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Primary and Secondary Care
    • Identify the funding streams and frameworks in primary and secondary care
    • Discuss the different personnel and their roles in primary and secondary care
    • Discuss the skills required for a medical secretary in primary and secondary care
    • Explain the process of clinical auditing
    Unit 2: Medical Terminology
    • Identify key medical terminology
    • Discuss medical terminology relating to the body systems
    • Identify medical terminology and abbreviations relating to prescriptions and drugs
    • Discuss medical terminology relating to medical specialities
    Unit 3: Working in the Clinical Environment
    • Discuss the principles of infection
    • Describe the principles of medical ethics
    • Explain the importance of confidentiality
    • Describe the concept of health promotion
  • Unit 4: Medical Administration
    • Discuss the importance and process of accurate record keeping
    • Describe the use of appointment systems
    • Describe the role of medical administration in the NHS
    • Explain the role of medical administration in private practice and complementary therapies
    Unit 5: Communication Skills
    • Explain how and when to communicate with patients
    • Discuss telephone communications
    • Evaluate verbal and non-verbal communications
    • Discuss the obstacles presented by diversity
    Unit 6: IT Skills
    • Explain the main principles of computer operation
    • Describe electronic medicine processes
    • Discuss information management technology
    • Describe the key software used

Other Information

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

    Course Duration

    You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

  • Study Method

    This course will enable you to work when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our award-winning tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

    Course Outcomes

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous skills to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. Your certification is issued based on your tutor-marked assignments.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your assignments to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your certification..

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    "My course tutor has been really helpful"

    - Sharon Boultwood, Gosport

    I am thoroughly enjoying my course. The study materials are clear and easy to follow, my course tutor has been really helpful and my first unit came back very quickly after I submitted it for marking. Would definitely use OSC again in the future.

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