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 yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.   National data are 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 3 7 6 0 7 3
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 7 0 5 4 4
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 4 6 6 8 5 13
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 16 9 20 14 22
Māori Total 15 36 21 33 30 42
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x 0 0
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x 1 0
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x 0 3
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x 5 3
Pacific Total 2 2 4 4 6 6
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x 4 1
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x 0 1
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x 0 1
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x 1 3
Asian Total 1 5 3 2 5 6
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 0 1 2 3 1 0
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 1 1 0 0 0 2
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 66 51 60 53 75 44
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 26 56 20 34 27 25
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 27 48 22 59 23 36
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 78 115 78 114 99 141
European\Pākehā Total 197 270 180 260 224 246
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 70 57 66 54 85 47
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 26 62 20 41 31 29
Total Enrolled L1-L3 31 53 27 66 28 51
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 87 128 87 133 110 161
Total Total 214 300 200 294 254 288
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 7 2 2 5 6 1
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 4 2 8 1 5
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 3 4 1 6 0 5
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 18 10 17 14 22
Māori Total 25 28 15 36 21 33
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 2 2 4 4
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 1 6 1 5 3 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 1 1 0 1 2 3
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x 0 0
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x 0 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x 0 0
Other Total 1 0 1 1 0 0
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 82 46 74 62 65 58
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 32 55 31 51 20 30
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 20 34 23 32 13 41
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 86 89 69 125 82 131
European\Pākehā Total 220 224 197 270 180 260
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 91 49 77 67 71 59
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 34 59 32 55 22 36
Total Enrolled L1-L3 25 40 24 36 13 45
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 98 102 81 142 94 154
Total Total 248 250 214 300 200 294
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.