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 been updated in these tables but National and school level data is 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 4 5 5 0 5 4
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 1 3 4 4 7
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 6 12 4 8 5 14
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 13 7 9 7 18
Māori Total 27 31 19 21 21 43
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
Pacific Total 4 1 2 1 6 2
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
Asian Total 3 3 5 2 5 2
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
MELAA Total 4 2 4 5 4 2
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 0 0 x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x 0 0 x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x 0 0 x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 0 0 x x
Other Total 0 1 0 0 1 0
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 36 16 38 16 44 9
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 15 17 17 20 8 14
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 42 57 19 38 28 47
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 51 68 53 66 34 67
European\Pākehā Total 144 158 127 140 114 137
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 41 22 43 17 55 12
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 18 19 19 22 14 18
Total Enrolled L1-L3 47 67 25 44 33 56
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 67 77 63 77 40 80
Total Total 173 185 150 160 142 166
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 3 3 4 5 5 1
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 6 2 2 3 4
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 7 2 3 6 1 6
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 16 7 18 18 10 10
Māori Total 28 18 27 31 19 21
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
Pacific Total 2 3 4 1 2 1
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
Asian Total 4 1 3 3 5 2
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
MELAA Total 3 1 4 2 4 5
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 0 0 x x 0 0
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 0 x x 0 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 0 x x 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 0 0 x x 0 0
Other Total 0 0 0 1 0 0
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 41 21 42 15 40 17
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 19 27 19 20 14 20
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 17 26 17 38 19 30
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 46 60 66 85 54 73
European\Pākehā Total 123 134 144 158 127 140
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 42 22 46 20 45 19
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 22 31 21 24 17 22
Total Enrolled L1-L3 25 26 22 43 22 33
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 62 69 84 98 66 86
Total Total 151 148 173 185 150 160
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.