Academic programs of universities affiliated with BHER are offered to students organized into “cohorts”, of up to 200 students and lasting 4-5 years. Up to 2019, funding covers two cohorts; one began in 2013 and one in 2014. Each cohort initially enrolled in a university preparation program called the Increased access and Skills for Tertiary Education Program (InSTEP). Its purpose was to prepare prospective students for university education through courses in English Language for Academic Purposes, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Research Skills. Successful students received a non-credit Certificate.
Students who elected to proceed with their studies after completing InSTEP were eligible to apply to a Certificate or Diploma in Education, pursuing either a primary or secondary education stream. Graduates from these Certificate and Diploma programs may then apply to a Bachelor degree program offered by one or more of the BHER consortium universities, with their Education credits counted towards the requirements of the degree.
The following diagram depicts the BHER program structure up to 2019.