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.

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Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2015-2017 leaver cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2015 2016 2017
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 239 268 276
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 147 141 169
Female Enrolled L1-L3 196 194 221
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 408 452 473
Female Total 990 1,055 1,139
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 150 168 131
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 185 213 180
Male Enrolled L1-L3 279 237 263
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 435 537 569
Male Total 1,049 1,155 1,143
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 88 83 100
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 147 140 142
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 303 271 317
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 411 567 646
Māori Total 949 1,061 1,205
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 7 13 6
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 9 19
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 25 18 25
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 35 42 50
Pacific Total 76 82 100
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 18 38 25
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 11 10
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 4 4 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 11 17 21
Asian Total 40 70 63
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 4 7
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 2 4
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 3 2 4
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 5 5
MELAA Total 13 13 20
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 1 4
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 4 4
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 5 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 7 9
Other Total 18 17 18
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 291 332 309
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 195 232 231
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 189 181 203
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 457 474 471
European/Pākehā Total 1,132 1,219 1,214
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 389 436 407
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 332 354 349
Total Enrolled L1-L3 475 431 484
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 843 989 1,042
Total Total 2,039 2,210 2,282

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 students. 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 and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2014-2016 leaver cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2014 2015 2016
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 252 277 292
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 122 135 144
Female Enrolled L1-L3 127 114 130
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 472 464 489
Female Total 973 990 1,055
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 173 151 188
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 209 210 241
Male Enrolled L1-L3 157 145 162
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 523 543 564
Male Total 1,062 1,049 1,155
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 92 96 89
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 121 133 151
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 197 184 202
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 561 536 619
Māori Total 971 949 1,061
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 9 10 16
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 6 8
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 12 13 14
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 32 47 44
Pacific Total 60 76 82
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 25 22 36
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 10 8 12
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 0 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 21 10 20
Asian Total 57 40 70
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 6 4
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 2 2
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 2 2 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 3 6
MELAA Total 16 13 13
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 7 3
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 1 3
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 4
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 9 7
Other Total 17 18 17
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 306 323 371
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 216 219 247
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 100 92 112
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 450 498 489
European/Pākehā Total 1,072 1,132 1,219
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 425 428 480
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 331 345 385
Total Enrolled L1-L3 284 259 292
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 995 1,007 1,053
Total Total 2,035 2,039 2,210

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 students. 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 and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.