Legal Secretary and Medical Secretary Studies


  • Third Level Progression
  • Gain Industry Experience
Apply Now

Legal Secretary and Medical Secretary Studies

Legal Secretary and Medical Secretary Studies

Legal Secretary and Medical Secretary Studies

Course Code: 5M1997

QQI Level 5

Course Details

Award Title Fees Status
Office Administration €250.00 Open - Apply Now

Course Outline

To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge in medical terminology, legal practice and practical typing and audio secretarial skills required in the performance of a broad range of administrative, secretarial and organizational tasks. Excellent career opportunities and further education advancements for successful graduates.

The course runs for the full academic year from September to May, where you attend college 4 days and work experience one day per week subject to your preference in the following:

Medical Environment: the hospitals, medical centres, doctors and dental businesses throughout Galway City and County.

Legal Environment: in one of the prestigious Solicitor Businesses throughout Galway City and County and Citizens Information Office.

Office Administration: in multinational companies, hotels, financial and insurance companies, property management businesses throughout Galway City and County.


Work Experience

Work experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year in either legal or medical offices.

Special Features

Field site visits to University College Hospital Medical and Surgical Secretarial Departments and to the Court House. Guest speakers from local Recruitment Agencies, Career Guidance Adviser and business startup entrepreneurs.

Modern learning space with data projectors, Olympus Transcription and Sanyo Transcription Software and Microsoft Office 2010.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Course Modules

To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to perform audio transcription tasks, using a range of input devices, to produce mailable standard documents.
This programme module aims to facilitate the learner to develop the academic, vocational & personal language, literacy and/or numeracy skills related to Communications. It will assist the learner in understanding the use of modern information and communications technology integrated with the role played by communications and relevant legislation in human interaction.
To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required to understand how information is processed within organisations and the various systems and methods in use and to enable the learner to operate effectively, under supervision in a range of organisations.
To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in legal practice and principles to enable the learner to appreciate the role of law in a range of vocational context and within their personal lives.
To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the range of medical terminology applicable and relevant specifically to a medical receptionist or secretarial role in a medical practice, clinic and or hospital context.
To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to produce a range of documents to a mailable standard, within a minimum speed of 35 words per minute.
To enable learners to develop their word processing skills, understanding and application of word processing software and file management techniques.
This programme module aims to provide a Learner with the personal knowledge, skills and capacity to participate in a suitable work placement under supervision for a limited time. It will also facilitate the learner to develop an understanding of the world of work and employment, Including the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee.

Progression Routes

The holder of a QQI Level 5 Certification may progress to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Administration, complete Pitman Medical Secretary Diploma, Business Administration Course, Business in Computer Applications in GMIT.

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 400 points in a PLC Legal Secretary/Medical Secretary or Business Administration and Office Technology Course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level. You will be equipped with typing skills, audio transcription skills, proficiency in various software packages, training on the completion of assignments and projects at a professional level, effective communication skills and collaborative work.

Career Opportunities

Having qualified with a Legal Secretary/Medical Secretary or Business Administration and Office Technology Course QQI Level 5 you can gain employment as a Legal Secretary in a Solicitors Office, Medical Secretary in a Hospital, Doctors Office, Clerical Officer in the Public Service, Receptionist, Office Administrator in Hotels, employment in office administration positions in businesses and multinational companies.

Video & Media

Course Coordinator


What Our Students Say


Realated Courses


Apply Online

Student Life