Qualification Level

The tertiary education sector is a diverse sector. Its scope ranges from informal non-assessed community courses in schools through to formal undergraduate degrees and advanced research-based postgraduate degrees.

Progression to tertiary education is a measure of the level of tertiary education a student is enrolled in one, two or three years after leaving school.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education’s ENROL system, while tertiary enrolment information is sourced from the tertiary databases SDR and ITR.

Technical Notes and Definitions Identical information is available by regional council and territorial local authority through the Know Your Region pages.

Alternatively a large amount of progression to tertiary data is available from our statistical pages. See Transition from School to Tertiary.

2017 data have not yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.   National data are available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2013-2015 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 59 26 62 21 60 27
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 45 50 59 44 66 54
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 131 171 138 156 129 169
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 188 239 217 277 214 245
Māori Total 423 486 476 498 469 495
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 11 2 6 2 4 3
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 6 3 3 7 2
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 10 11 4 11 12 12
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 18 19 12 18 18
Pacific Total 43 37 32 28 41 35
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 9 10 13 14 6 12
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 2 2 9 0 6
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 6 1 4 2 3
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 12 8 6 8 8 3
Asian Total 25 26 22 35 16 24
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 4 2 1 4 2
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 0 0 2 1 0
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 2 3 0 1 1 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 2 4 6 1 2
MELAA Total 8 9 6 10 7 6
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 4 2 4 3 3
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 2 2 0 1 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 5 1 3 0 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 8 1 4 3 4
Other Total 17 19 6 11 7 11
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 225 145 177 130 178 114
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 72 84 77 88 77 78
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 78 123 73 112 63 116
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 205 235 183 233 237 273
European\Pākehā Total 580 587 510 563 555 581
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 289 181 251 166 240 149
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 117 133 133 137 139 131
Total Enrolled L1-L3 202 287 193 263 187 276
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 385 453 400 495 439 497
Total Total 993 1,054 977 1,061 1,005 1,053
Notes:
  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2013-2015 cohorts) Year left school
Ethnic Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 68 51 59 27 67 25
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 55 61 51 47 54 48
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 90 106 80 127 95 105
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 259 287 233 285 260 320
Māori Total 472 505 423 486 476 498
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 5 12 5 7 2
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 2 6 4 3 2
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 8 7 5 8 3 7
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 13 20 20 19 17
Pacific Total 32 27 43 37 32 28
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 11 11 12 13 12
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 3 2 3 1 8
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 3 0 4 0 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 3 12 7 8 13
Asian Total 23 20 25 26 22 35
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 3 3 4 1 3
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 0 1 1 0 1
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 0 1 2 1 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 2 3 2 4 5
MELAA Total 7 5 8 9 6 10
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 1 5 5 2 4
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 0 1 3 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 0 2 4 0 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 9 7 10 9 1 5
Other Total 14 9 17 19 6 11
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 204 147 231 150 174 131
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 60 123 72 84 68 73
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 47 88 51 83 40 64
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 237 250 226 270 228 295
European\Pākehā Total 548 608 580 587 510 563
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 269 195 295 188 251 172
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 108 175 119 128 118 120
Total Enrolled L1-L3 136 188 122 206 125 166
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 487 505 457 532 483 603
Total Total 1,000 1,063 993 1,054 977 1,061
Notes:
  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.