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 78 61 58
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 30 21 17
Female Enrolled L1-L3 28 24 31
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 123 114 118
Female Total 259 220 224
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 53 37 45
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 42 48 58
Male Enrolled L1-L3 28 30 43
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 129 122 122
Male Total 252 237 268
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 11 10
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 17 13 14
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 16 16 30
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 61 56 63
Māori Total 108 96 117
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 0 2
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 4 3
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 3 3 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 18 16 13
Pacific Total 27 23 18
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 3 2
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 1 0
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 0 2 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 6 5
Asian Total 16 12 9
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 116 92 91
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 56 55 60
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 47 39 54
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 177 175 184
European/Pākehā Total 396 361 389
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 131 98 103
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 72 69 75
Total Enrolled L1-L3 56 54 74
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 252 236 240
Total Total 511 457 492

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 70 94 71
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 25 29 35
Female Enrolled L1-L3 22 24 10
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 100 112 104
Female Total 217 259 220
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 53 52 46
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 47 47 56
Male Enrolled L1-L3 23 23 18
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 111 130 117
Male Total 234 252 237
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 16 16 17
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 17 15
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 13 9 6
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 55 66 58
Māori Total 98 108 96
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 2 0
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 3 4
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 1 6 2
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 12 16 17
Pacific Total 15 27 23
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 7 7 4
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 1 3
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 0 1
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 8 4
Asian Total 15 16 12
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 109 131 106
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 58 59 76
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 33 36 20
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 154 170 159
European/Pākehā Total 354 396 361
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 123 146 117
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 72 76 91
Total Enrolled L1-L3 45 47 28
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 211 242 221
Total Total 451 511 457

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.