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 236 195 183
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 81 80 109
Female Enrolled L1-L3 80 98 117
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 207 202 219
Female Total 604 575 628
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 116 100 107
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 112 115 149
Male Enrolled L1-L3 166 166 159
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 200 221 206
Male Total 594 602 621
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 32 30 45
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 29 25 45
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 49 67 78
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 95 103 104
Māori Total 205 225 272
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 2 5
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 7 7
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 16 20 12
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 22 14
Pacific Total 36 51 38
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 15 7 20
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 7 9
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 3 4
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 11 13 7
Asian Total 34 30 40
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 3 3
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 5 1
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x 1 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 2 5
MELAA Total x 11 10
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 0 1
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 0 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x 2 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 3 6
Other Total x 5 8
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 309 271 242
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 169 169 223
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 197 197 214
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 322 317 329
European/Pākehā Total 997 954 1,008
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 352 295 290
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 193 195 258
Total Enrolled L1-L3 246 264 276
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 407 423 425
Total Total 1,198 1,177 1,249

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 198 237 200
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 90 77 78
Female Enrolled L1-L3 65 62 62
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 207 228 235
Female Total 560 604 575
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 124 120 112
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 167 142 148
Male Enrolled L1-L3 106 83 88
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 243 249 254
Male Total 640 594 602
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 30 29 32
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 32 33 31
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 39 32 48
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 89 111 114
Māori Total 190 205 225
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 4 3
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 4 5
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 10 9 15
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 21 19 28
Pacific Total 38 36 51
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 11 16 8
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 6 7
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 3 1 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 11 13
Asian Total 37 34 30
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 x 3
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 x 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 1 x 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 x 5
MELAA Total 10 x 11
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 x 1
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 x 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 x 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 x 4
Other Total 7 x 5
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 291 312 284
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 223 188 200
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 130 118 103
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 357 379 367
European/Pākehā Total 1,001 997 954
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 322 357 312
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 257 219 226
Total Enrolled L1-L3 171 145 150
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 450 477 489
Total Total 1,200 1,198 1,177

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.