Galway Community College
Further Education

Legal Secretary and Medical Secretary Studies

Legal Secretary and Medical Secretary Studies

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QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M1997

Co-ordinator: Siobhan Hawkins


Aim of the Programme

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. You attend college 4 days a week with one day for work placement in your chosen sector. The college has early closing on Thursdays and Fridays (Thursday at 3.10 pm and Friday at 2 pm).


  • Audio Transcription (dictation - 40 wpm) - 5N1549
  • Text Production (typing - 50 wpm) - 5N1422
  • Information and Administration - 5N1389
  • Legal Practice and Procedures - 5N1394
  • Medical Terminology - 5N2428
  • Communications - 5N0690
  • Word Processing - 5N1358
  • Work Experience - 5N1356


€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).
  • Those in receipt of a SUSI Grant.
  • Those on a VTOS scheme.

An exam fee of €50 for QQI Level 5 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

Work Experience consists of a two week block work placement period (total of 10 days). This work placement is organised to take place in University Hospital Galway, where learners gain experience in working in the medical records and surgical records department. The learners are provided with excellent practical training on GDPR and Health and Safety. The learner gains practical experience in reception skills, audio transcription of medical reports such as consultation reports, discharge summary reports and X-ray reports. Trained on different software namely socrates, iMed doc, Olympus and the hospital in-house software database. Administration duties include filing, mail merge, exposure to health care records administration and use of information sources such as Steadman's Medical dictionary and MIMS.

Special Features

Guest speakers from local medical practices and legal practices, recruitment agencies, business startup entrepreneurs are organised from time to time.

Modern learning space with data projectors, Olympus Audio Transcription Software, iMed Doc Software which is a software used by consultants in the healthcare sector. Microsoft Office 2013 suite where you become proficient in word processing which includes mail merge, powerpoint presentations and introduction to database methods.

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.


Opportunities open to learners 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 390 points in a PLC Legal Secretary/Medical Secretary Course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level. A limited number of places are reserved on a competitive basis on ordinary degree and honours degree courses in third level colleges for learners who successfully complete a Level 5 programme. Please refer to the current guide to the Higher Education Links Scheme on

A Guide to the CAO for QQI FET/FETAC Applicants:

QQI FET/FETAC Requirements Look-up (CAO Courses only):

By completing this course you will be prepared for college. 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

Many graduates go directly into employment in a range of offices, medical practices/hospitals, Auctioneers/Insurance Brokers/Solicitors/Accountants, local authorities, local businesses and industrial firms.

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.


Sharon: “My decision to apply for the Legal & Medical Secretarial Course in the Galway Community College was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am currently working in the Galway Clinic and I can honestly say that I feel if I had I not completed the course, I would not be in the full time position that I am in now so thank you Galway Community College for starting me on my way in my chosen field of employment"

Elaine: "If you are thinking about gaining employment in the medical or legal secretarial field, then I would highly recommend this course. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Galway Community College and I am sure that you will too!”

Rebecca: “The Legal and Medical Secretarial Course has opened up so many doors for me! The qualification and experience I gained from the course helped me gain full time employment in both Ireland and Australia! The teachers were fantastic and made the course enjoyable."


“I had been a housewife for a good few years and apart from a few part-time jobs I was a "stay at home mum". I decided when my youngest child started school that it was time for me to return to education. The workplace had changed a lot since I was last in it and I really needed to update my knowledge. The Legal and Medical Secretarial course appealed to me as I had an interest in that line of work and hoped it would open a lot of doors for me. The course was invaluable to me, meeting new people and the tuition I received was second to none. I now feel confident to be out there with the rest competing for that job! It really is a worthwhile step in the right direction!”

Finbar: "Having done the Leaving Cert. quite young, I didn’t feel ready to make the big move to university, so I deferred entry for a year. I wanted to spend the year gaining valuable skills and experience I never had the chance to learn in secondary school and I knew GCC was the right option for me, excited at the prospect of improving my communication, organisation and IT skills. Finishing the course with the guidance of first-rate tutors, I can safely say that I have acquired these skills and many more! I knew I had an interest in studying Medicine in university but I was uncertain whether it would be the right sort of career for me. The work experience I attained in a busy GP’s surgery allowed me a unique and rewarding insight into the medical profession and simply whet my appetite for this line of work. I am now studying Medicine in NUI Galway, safe in the knowledge that it is the right course for me.”

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.

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