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Institute of Health

Advanced Clinical Skills in Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia) Management

Postgraduate Credit Part-time 1 year

This is a highly specialised course that will enable you to demonstrate to employers and potential employers your knowledge and skills relevant to working in lactation, breastfeeding support and frenulotomy services.

This is a highly specialised course that will enable you to demonstrate to employers and potential employers your knowledge and skills relevant to working in lactation, breastfeeding support and frenulotomy services.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Fees View
  • Start Date(s) 12 March 2021
  • Award Postgraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

This is a highly specialised course that will enable you to demonstrate to employers and potential employers your knowledge and skills relevant to working in lactation, breastfeeding support and frenulotomy services. It will provide the theoretical and evidence based theory which underpins contemporary practice and helps you to develop advanced techniques in tongue-tie management. The practice competencies are based on an agreed framework for practice which identifies a high standard and quality of care in this area.

It is suitable for professionals from a variety of settings including midwifery, health visiting and advanced neonatal nursing practice.

Frequently asked questions

What experience is required for me to gain a place on this course?

Applicants must have significant experience in, and knowledge of lactation support, and infant feeding - having the IBCLC qualification is ideal, but not essential. Applicants must also be experienced and competent in supporting families with feeding. Having competency in the Newborn Intensive Physical Examination (NIPE) is also very helpful but not essential. You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or General Medical Council and have a minimum of three years clinical experience. The course is aimed at National Health Service (NHS) professionals, who are already working in an established NHS frenulotomy service or willing/able to set one up in the future.

Please ensure your application indicates all of your relevant experience.

How long is the course?

The course takes approximately 12 months to complete on a part time basis. It begins with a mandatory study day held at our Walsall Campus followed by accessing at least 4 frenulotomy clinics.

What do I have to do to achieve the full accreditation?

To gain full accreditation you will need to complete:

  • Attend the mandatory study day,
  • Undertake a clinical placement in order to achieve the clinical competence in frenulotomy,
  • Submit a 1500 word case study at level 7 (Masters level) achieving a pass grade. 

Where can I do my placement?

Placements are available at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley but these are subject to availability. Your placement dates and times will be arranged with you following the study day. You are likely to need to attend a minimum of 4-6 clinics to achieve competency. You may alternatively wish to undertake a placement more locally to you.   If you are able to arrange this and organise appropriate supervision we will provide all necessary practice documentation.

What clinical competencies do I have to achieve?

You will be provided with a clinical practice document and this will need to be completed by you and your supervisors.  You must achieve competency in all areas and must be supervised carrying out a minimum of 20-25 frenulotomies.

How much academic work is involved?

There is one piece of academic work, which must be passed at level 7. This is submitted towards the end of the course.

Can I complete the study day only?

Yes, a reduced cost can be arranged if you would just like to attend for the study day only. A certificate of attendance will be provided, however attending the study day only will not lead to competency in this area.

Do I need to register with the CQC?

If you are planning to set up a private practice then you must register with the Care Quality Commission which will incur a cost.

2020/2021 start date: 12 March 2021

Course subject to a minimum number of confirmed students.
Delivery dates, times and rooms subject to confirmation.

What happens on the course?

Find our Module(s) below.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

As a result of undertaking this course you will have the desirable advanced knowledge and skills to fulfill an essential role in tongue-tie and frenulotomy services. This course equips you to work in any relevant service area to provide a new or existing frenulotomy service.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £712 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • You must be a qualified midwife, nurse or health visitor on the NMC register or a medical practitioner on the GMC register with significant experience in breastfeeding support, lactation services and an interest in frenulotomy.
  • You must have had a least 5 years post-qualifying experience.
  • If seeking financial support from an employer you must have agreed this in advance of the application.
  • You must be able to achieve the practice competencies associated with this course at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley. This will mean accessing approximately 4 frenulotomy clinics. This experience can be arranged on a flexible basis for those who live outside the West Midlands. The course leader will be able to advise you on this. 

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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