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 55 37 29
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 15 28 19
Female Enrolled L1-L3 34 49 34
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 38 50 65
Female Total 142 164 147
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 12 12 17
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 33 19 29
Male Enrolled L1-L3 51 47 35
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 68 82 70
Male Total 164 160 151
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 9 7 7
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 10 12
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 17 21 20
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 23 27 27
Māori Total 63 65 66
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 1 1
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 0
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 3 2 2
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1 1 5
Pacific Total 8 5 8
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 3 x
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 2 x
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 3 x
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1 1 x
Asian Total 7 9 x
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
MELAA Total x x x
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 53 42 40
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 37 36 37
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 72 76 56
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 88 111 113
European/Pākehā Total 250 265 246
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 67 49 46
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 48 47 48
Total Enrolled L1-L3 85 96 69
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 106 132 135
Total Total 306 324 298

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 45 53 39
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 17 16 27
Female Enrolled L1-L3 21 13 18
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 67 60 80
Female Total 150 142 164
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 19 13 10
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 40 52 32
Male Enrolled L1-L3 31 23 22
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 70 76 96
Male Total 160 164 160
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 8 8
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 13 14
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 7 6 6
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 19 36 37
Māori Total 40 63 65
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 3 2
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 0 1
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 x 0 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 5 2
Pacific Total x 8 5
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 3 3
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 4 1
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 0 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 0 5
Asian Total 7 7 9
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 6 x x
MELAA Total 9 x x
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 57 53 40
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 51 58 49
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 46 31 35
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 113 108 141
European/Pākehā Total 267 250 265
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 64 66 49
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 57 68 59
Total Enrolled L1-L3 52 36 40
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 137 136 176
Total Total 310 306 324

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.