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 1,346 1,421 1,386
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 632 686 720
Female Enrolled L1-L2 151 128 109
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,214 1,283 1,262
Female Total 3,343 3,518 3,477
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,051 1,036 1,101
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 950 1,057 979
Male Enrolled L1-L2 200 155 160
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,379 1,503 1,542
Male Total 3,580 3,751 3,782
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 137 179 188
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 209 262 261
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 93 79 93
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 420 496 515
Māori Total 859 1,016 1,057
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 44 46 47
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 75 102 97
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 19 20 19
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 145 164 179
Pacific Total 283 332 342
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 261 315 324
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 103 100 90
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 10 9 8
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 169 189 176
Asian Total 543 613 598
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 52 54 42
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 34 31 35
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 3 3 7
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 46 38 49
MELAA Total 135 126 133
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 21 9 9
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 6 5 5
Other Enrolled L1-L2 1 1 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 12 11
Other Total 45 27 27
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,977 2,008 2,054
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1,266 1,411 1,390
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 257 205 177
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,994 2,123 2,162
NZ European/Pākehā Total 5,494 5,747 5,783
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,397 2,457 2,487
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1,582 1,743 1,699
Total Enrolled L1-L2 351 283 269
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,593 2,786 2,804
Total Total 6,923 7,269 7,259

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 1,473 1,464 1,548
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 477 557 537
Female Enrolled L1-L2 78 34 44
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,279 1,288 1,389
Female Total 3,307 3,343 3,518
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,122 1,066 1,054
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 920 856 947
Male Enrolled L1-L2 94 77 49
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,473 1,581 1,701
Male Total 3,609 3,580 3,751
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 132 136 186
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 175 170 223
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 40 34 25
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 426 519 582
Māori Total 773 859 1,016
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 50 43 57
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 64 57 67
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 9 5 4
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 185 178 204
Pacific Total 308 283 332
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 287 273 335
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 68 88 91
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 10 3 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 141 179 185
Asian Total 506 543 613
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 60 59 59
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 20 27 24
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 2 1 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 46 48 41
MELAA Total 128 135 126
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 20 20 13
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 8 7 4
Other Enrolled L1-L2 0 1 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 29 17 9
Other Total 57 45 27
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,139 2,087 2,110
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1,134 1,164 1,226
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 125 75 68
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,093 2,168 2,343
NZ European/Pākehā Total 5,491 5,494 5,747
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,595 2,530 2,602
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1,397 1,413 1,484
Total Enrolled L1-L2 172 111 93
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,752 2,869 3,090
Total Total 6,916 6,923 7,269

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.