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 56 48 61 47 80 56
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 36 53 41 41 38 40
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 81 117 66 112 79 111
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 180 226 148 234 153 228
Māori Total 353 444 316 434 350 435
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 36 21 30 13 29 22
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 17 9 22 25 21
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 26 26 31 24 18 40
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 66 79 62 81 70 83
Pacific Total 139 143 132 140 142 166
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 131 134 118 105 142 133
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 22 32 26 32 23 30
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 15 21 14 23 8 23
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 59 78 69 66 66 83
Asian Total 227 265 227 226 239 269
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 16 23 24 19 31 21
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 7 4 10 10 7
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 12 11 8 11 3 8
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 27 19 13 20 29
MELAA Total 52 68 55 53 64 65
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 19 12 12 11 10 9
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 2 3 1 1 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 4 4 4 5 7
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 12 8 13 7 17
Other Total 32 30 27 29 23 35
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,183 819 1,067 850 1,122 874
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 302 407 278 370 261 264
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 352 482 375 470 346 457
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 950 1,195 921 1,157 959 1,227
European\Pākehā Total 2,787 2,903 2,641 2,847 2,688 2,822
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,394 1,026 1,272 1,014 1,353 1,086
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 369 495 346 463 339 338
Total Enrolled L1-L3 466 628 464 604 427 608
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,191 1,538 1,156 1,465 1,211 1,584
Total Total 3,420 3,687 3,238 3,546 3,330 3,616
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 60 47 73 44 66 51
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 36 56 26 64 27 32
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 64 60 50 72 39 53
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 202 259 204 264 184 298
Māori Total 362 422 353 444 316 434
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 22 21 41 17 33 15
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 26 14 29 12 17
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 13 21 15 13 18 19
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 68 93 69 84 69 89
Pacific Total 115 161 139 143 132 140
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 126 121 138 136 132 111
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 23 18 27 16 31
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 4 13 11 12 11 18
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 48 70 60 90 68 66
Asian Total 192 227 227 265 227 226
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 21 23 22 26 24 19
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 9 8 10 8 12
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 4 5 4 4 0 5
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 19 18 28 23 17
MELAA Total 45 56 52 68 55 53
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 9 18 13 16 13
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 5 2 3 2 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 5 3 3 2 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 9 3 9 11 7 12
Other Total 22 22 32 30 27 29
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,181 848 1,254 870 1,170 892
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 311 622 283 445 250 372
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 234 287 222 274 195 267
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,070 1,249 1,028 1,314 1,026 1,316
European\Pākehā Total 2,796 3,006 2,787 2,903 2,641 2,847
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,376 1,031 1,488 1,076 1,400 1,068
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 374 723 338 543 302 452
Total Enrolled L1-L3 311 366 289 362 248 338
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,342 1,611 1,305 1,706 1,288 1,688
Total Total 3,403 3,731 3,420 3,687 3,238 3,546
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.