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 510 473 575
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 159 175 160
Female Enrolled L1-L3 110 143 136
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 321 365 386
Female Total 1,100 1,156 1,257
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 400 372 393
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 254 229 288
Male Enrolled L1-L3 234 178 212
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 416 420 439
Male Total 1,304 1,199 1,332
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 71 68 78
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 46 44 52
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 71 62 56
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 90 93 138
Māori Total 278 267 324
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 15 13 19
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 22 19 8
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 13 13 19
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 35 37 42
Pacific Total 85 82 88
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 64 39 68
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 19 10 13
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 5 8 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 37 37 54
Asian Total 125 94 137
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 8 15
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 3 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 1 3 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 9 17
MELAA Total 23 23 37
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 5 9
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 3 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 7 7
Other Total 13 16 20
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 797 753 841
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 344 344 400
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 280 260 298
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 596 649 651
European/Pākehā Total 2,017 2,006 2,190
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 910 845 968
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 413 404 448
Total Enrolled L1-L3 344 321 348
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 737 785 825
Total Total 2,404 2,355 2,589

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 509 524 507
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 143 132 160
Female Enrolled L1-L3 101 75 80
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 339 369 409
Female Total 1,092 1,100 1,156
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 338 409 378
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 240 277 266
Male Enrolled L1-L3 122 116 89
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 452 502 466
Male Total 1,152 1,304 1,199
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 55 62 72
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 39 43 47
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 31 46 26
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 105 127 122
Māori Total 230 278 267
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 17 19 14
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 13 14
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 6 5 10
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 28 48 44
Pacific Total 59 85 82
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 57 65 41
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 16 20 14
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 7 4 6
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 36 36 33
Asian Total 116 125 94
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 8 7
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 2 6
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 2 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 11 9
MELAA Total 14 23 23
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 8 6
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 0 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 4 8
Other Total 12 13 16
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 758 815 792
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 337 350 364
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 187 147 133
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 661 705 717
European/Pākehā Total 1,943 2,017 2,006
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 847 933 885
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 383 409 426
Total Enrolled L1-L3 223 191 169
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 791 871 875
Total Total 2,244 2,404 2,355

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.