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 152 105 134
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 34 37 57
Female Enrolled L1-L3 58 51 50
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 156 159 170
Female Total 400 352 411
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 94 88 101
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 63 52 70
Male Enrolled L1-L3 63 77 58
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 143 193 183
Male Total 363 410 412
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 12 18
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 11 20
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 27 20 28
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 43 74 47
Māori Total 93 117 113
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 0 4
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 1 2
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 4 4 6
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 19 14 10
Pacific Total 28 19 22
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 18 12 15
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 8 12
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 5 6 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 23 13 12
Asian Total 51 39 46
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
MELAA Total x x x
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 217 176 214
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 82 73 103
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 94 107 82
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 231 277 299
European/Pākehā Total 624 633 698
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 246 193 235
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 97 89 127
Total Enrolled L1-L3 121 128 108
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 299 352 353
Total Total 763 762 823

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 124 163 125
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 30 43 36
Female Enrolled L1-L3 36 40 31
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 157 154 160
Female Total 347 400 352
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 126 100 97
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 69 61 86
Male Enrolled L1-L3 29 44 42
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 173 158 185
Male Total 397 363 410
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 16 13
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 17 11 12
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 17 20 19
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 44 46 73
Māori Total 83 93 117
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 2 0
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 3 2
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 3 5 2
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 18 15
Pacific Total 14 28 19
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 17 17 13
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 6 4
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 4 4
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 22 24 18
Asian Total 42 51 39
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
MELAA Total x x x
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 232 233 203
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 81 89 108
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 51 65 58
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 278 237 264
European/Pākehā Total 642 624 633
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 250 263 222
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 99 104 122
Total Enrolled L1-L3 65 84 73
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 330 312 345
Total Total 744 763 762

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.