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 85 66 61
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 34 15 45
Female Enrolled L1-L3 34 27 42
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 99 109 130
Female Total 252 217 278
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 47 54 44
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 48 58 56
Male Enrolled L1-L3 54 47 72
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 137 110 141
Male Total 286 269 313
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 10 13 6
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 10 11 12
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 19 14 19
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 32 35 49
Māori Total 71 73 86
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 0 3 0
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 0 0
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 4 0 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 5 6
Pacific Total 12 8 6
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 4 3
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 1
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 3
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 2 3
Asian Total 11 8 10
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 3 x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 0 x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x 1 x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 1 x
MELAA Total x 5 x
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 3 x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 1 x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x 0 x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 3 x
Other Total x 7 x
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 119 99 98
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 73 61 90
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 68 62 99
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 207 183 224
European/Pākehā Total 467 405 511
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 132 120 105
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 82 73 101
Total Enrolled L1-L3 88 74 114
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 236 219 271
Total Total 538 486 591

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 71 99 67
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 26 28 18
Female Enrolled L1-L3 12 9 17
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 89 116 115
Female Total 198 252 217
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 59 56 55
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 69 62 59
Male Enrolled L1-L3 39 27 21
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 127 141 134
Male Total 294 286 269
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 7 11 14
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 10 12 7
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 7 9 10
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 29 39 42
Māori Total 53 71 73
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 0 2
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 1 2
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 10 4
Pacific Total 8 12 8
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 5 3
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 1
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 4 4
Asian Total 5 11 8
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 x 3
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 x 0
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 x 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 x 2
MELAA Total 5 x 5
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 0 x 3
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 x 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 x 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 0 x 3
Other Total 0 x 7
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 123 141 101
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 84 82 69
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 45 24 30
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 187 220 205
European/Pākehā Total 439 467 405
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 130 155 122
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 95 90 77
Total Enrolled L1-L3 51 36 38
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 216 257 249
Total Total 492 538 486

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.