Course Code: 5M1997
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.
GCC Registration Fee of €250 applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:
An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 and €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except
We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on www.inisgov.ie 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 http://www.gretb.ie .
Work experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year in either legal or medical offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, 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 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. 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!
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 have progressed to furthering my education in the medical sector which I don't feel I could have done without the knowledge I received at GCC. I have just qualified with Pitman Medical Secretary Diploma. It has opened up a whole new world for me. 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!
I found the course really enjoyable and if I had any problems the tutors were all more than happy to help me at every step of the way. We had to source work experience for one day a week for 6 months in either a legal or medical office. I was lucky enough to gain work experience in a Solicitors office where I could use all the modules I was learning on the course, and gain valuable hands on experience. When the course finished I was lucky enough to be kept on by this firm I am now in full time employment as a result.