The Dual Degree Master of Arts in TESOL

The Dual Degree Master of Arts in TESOLDual Degree from UK and Switzerland

In the context of English as the worldwide language used for communication, teaching English is a fascinating and exciting career that is also in high demand. Master of Arts in TESOL is a dual-degree program that offers both a UK national Level 7 diploma (Master of Education) and a TESOL Master’s degree from the world-renowned Swiss education system.

This is the only program that combines the skills of educational management and English language teaching management. The program’s curriculum focuses not only on planning and management in the education industry but also on training classroom teachers and can retrain the next generation of English teachers.

Upon graduation, learners will receive 2 Master’s degrees:

  • Level 7 Diploma according to the UK National Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF): OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership.
  • Master of Arts in TESOL from SIMI Swiss.

Differences in accreditation and recognition:

The MA in TESOL is a dual degree program, offering two Master’s degrees from the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The curriculum is the cooperation between the national UK National Regulated Qualification provider OTHM and SIMI Swiss Institute. Both organisations are institutionally and programmatically accredited.

  • SIMI Swiss is accredited by ASIC (Accreditation Service for International Schools, Universities, and Colleges) at the Premier Institute level, and the program is accredited by OTHM, ATHE, Qualifi, LRN, An Ofqual Recognised Awarding Organisation.
  • OTHM is an Ofqual Recognised Awarding Organisation

The distinctions in learning method

The learner can provide flexible learning opportunities with various learning method:

  • Full time
  • Hybrid learning (Live class + the local tutor support in local workshop)

The distinctions in the student affairs system:

  • The Learning Management System
  • Institution Management System
  • Original E-book in each module
  • E-library
  • Internship support system (for full-time)

Differences in Degree: 2 separate Master’s degrees from the UK and Switzerland

  • Level 7 Diploma according to the UK National Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF): OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership.
  • Master of Arts in TESOL from SIMI Swiss.

The dual degree MA in TESOL program consists of 2 groups, with 6 modules specializing in pedagogy and 3 modules specializing in English teaching for a combined total of 180 credits, lasting a minimum of 1.5 years.

Pedagogy and education management modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Education: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
  • The Management of Educational Change (20 credits)
  • Managing Effective Intercultural Communication and Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Pedagogy and Practice in Education (20 credits)
  • Leading Reflective Practice in Education (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (20 credits)

Each module will conclude with an assignment. The final assignments consist of application-focused essays designed to help learners test their knowledge, apply it to their jobs, and develop in the real world.

English teaching modules include:

Teaching Reading and Writing (20 Credits)

  • Topic 1 – The Nature of Reading Topic 2 – Models of Reading
  • Topic 3 – Reading and the Second Language Reader
  • Topic 4 – Social Contexts and Motivation to Read Topic 5 – Individual Student Variation
  • Topic 6 – Reading and Vocabulary Development Topic 7 – Strategic and Fluent Reader
  • Topic 8 – Extensive and Intensive Reading
  • Topic 9 – Theoretical Orientations to Second Language Writing Topic 10 – Learning to Write in the Second Language
  • Topic 11 – Writing Process
  • Topic 12 – Response, Error Correction and Grading Topic 13 – Second Language Writing and Culture Topic 14 – Writer’s Workshop Approach

Teaching Listening and Speaking (20 Credits)

  • Topic 1 – Listening as Comprehension & Listening as Acquisition Topic 2 – Cyclical Approach in Teaching Listening
  • Topic 3 – Principles of Developing Listening Activities Topic 4 – Types of Meaning for Listening
  • Topic 5 – Examples of Listening Activities
  • Topic 6 – Learning Styles and Listening Strategies Topic 7 – Functions of Speaking
  • Topic 8 – Talk as Interaction, Transaction and Performance Topic 9 – Types of Speaking Activities
  • Topic 10 – Assessment of Speaking
  • Topic 11 – Teaching Pronunciation in a Second or Foreign Language Topic 12 – Speaking and Listening Fluency

Language Assessment and Testing (20 Credits)

  • Topic 1 – Role and Purpose of Testing and Evaluation Topic 2 – Principles of Test and Measurement
  • Topic 3 – Limitation of Tests
  • Topic 4 – Basic Statistics and Measurement Topic 5 – Reliability of Tests
  • Topic 6 – Validity of Tests Topic 7 – Item Analysis
  • Topic 8 – Different Formats of Assessment Topic 9 – Objective Language Tests
  • Topic 10 – Subjective Language Tests Topic 11 – Technology in Assessment Topic 12 – Authentic Assessment

Training philosophy:

The curriculum also equips learners with classroom knowledge and skills to teach English in an international context and in an international educational environment as well as the modern skills of an educator and a specialist in educational management using innovative training techniques and pedagogical psychology.

Chương trình được thiết kế định hướng thực hành nhằm đáp ứng nhu cầu thiếu hụt nghiêm trọng đội ngũ quản lý giáo dục trong ngành tiếng Anh và giảng viên tiếng Anh.

The curriculum is meant to emphasize practice to solve the severe lack of educational administrators and English instructors in the English language sector.


  • Understand the essence of the English language.
  • Understand the required competency of an English teacher
  • Understand the necessary techniques of an English teacher
  • Understand learners and selves (teachers)
  • Understand how to design lectures
  • Understand how to plan the teaching process
  • Understand how to interact with learners in different learning environments
  • Understand Linguistics
  • Having skills and teaching methods.

 Entry requirements

To enrol the Dual Degree Master of Arts in TESOL, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 6 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a degree from non-recognized universities; The learner should have followed the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy of SIMI.
  • Learners must be over 21 years old.

SIMI reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure that they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating.

For the fake university or the diploma mills, SIMI shall not be accepted.

English requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

SIMI Switzerland has been accredited the “premier institution” status by the ASIC, and the programme is also accredited by Ofqual’s UK.

The programmes are strictly accredited by prestigious organisations; then, the graduated learner confidence participates in the labour market or/and easy learning connected to prestigious and equivalent educational systems.

  • For more information about SIMI Switzerland recognition and accreditation, please refer to here
  • For more information on the programmatic recognition and accreditation and the value of the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership, please refer to here

Upon completing the Dual Degree Master of Arts in TESOL programme, the learner will receive 2 Master degree:

  • Master Degree according to UK National Qualifications Framework: OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership
  • Master Degree from SIMI Swiss: Master of Arts in TESOL

OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership

OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership is a qualification in the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework, recognised not only by the UK government but also globally.

OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership:

  • Level 7 according to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and Europe Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Sufficient training duration for Master qualification: 120 Credits
Programme Description
Ofqual Recognized No. 603/3788/6
Level UK Regulated Qualifications Framework RQF
Minimum training time 1 Year
Total credits 120 Credits
Total Qualification Time 1200 Hours
Guided Learning Hours 480 Hours
Language English
Training Unit Accredited and licensed by the Level UK
Examination unit Level UK
Licensing Unit LRN UK

Equivalence recognition of UK Level 7 Diploma with qualifications systems and levels of other education systems in the world:

Level Regulation framework Equivalent Degrees
7 Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 7 diploma
level 7 NVQ
postgraduate diploma
11 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Masters Degrees
Post Graduate Diploma
Master Degree Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) integrated Master's Degree, for example, Master of Engineering (MEng)
Master's Degree, for example, Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc)
7 European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Masters Degrees
Post Graduate Diploma
9 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Masters Degrees
9 African Continental Qualification Framework (ACQF) Masters Degrees
Post Graduate Diploma
7 ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Masters Degrees
Post Graduate Diploma

Master of Arts in TESOL from SIMI Swiss

In addition to the UK Level 7 Diploma, after graduating from the programme, learners also receive a Master of Arts in TESOL from the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI)


After completing the Dual Degree Master of Arts in TESOL programme, learners can continue to study to Level 8 (Doctor) or transfer to other education systems. The following table shows the development pathways after completing the programme:

LevelQualification frameworkEquivalent Degrees
8Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF)Level 8 diploma
12Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)Doctoral Degrees
Professional Development Awards
Doctoral DegreeFramework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)Doctorate, for example, doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
8European Qualifications Framework (EQF)Doctorate, for example, doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
Level 8 Diploma
10Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)Doctoral Degree
10African Continental Qualification Framework (ACQF)Doctoral Degree
8ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)Doctoral Degree
Level 8 Diploma
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