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 4,608 4,530 4,803
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,348 1,233 1,282
Female Enrolled L1-L3 938 895 857
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,692 2,893 2,913
Female Total 9,586 9,551 9,855
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3,699 3,606 3,770
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,696 1,587 1,646
Male Enrolled L1-L3 1,215 1,138 1,104
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3,633 3,973 4,046
Male Total 10,243 10,304 10,566
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 424 495 582
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 410 362 443
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 657 622 619
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,223 1,433 1,587
Māori Total 2,714 2,912 3,231
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 976 968 1,053
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 835 776 779
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 778 780 675
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,901 2,131 2,263
Pacific Total 4,490 4,655 4,770
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,729 2,703 2,924
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 487 458 474
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 217 195 215
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 825 860 821
Asian Total 4,258 4,216 4,434
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 312 314 312
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 122 116 123
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 57 46 65
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 163 165 168
MELAA Total 654 641 668
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 47 61 64
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 21 17 16
Other Enrolled L1-L3 11 15 7
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 38 41 57
Other Total 117 134 144
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4,322 4,124 4,298
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,467 1,361 1,445
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 692 684 721
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,810 3,064 3,050
European/Pākehā Total 9,291 9,233 9,514
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8,307 8,136 8,573
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3,044 2,820 2,928
Total Enrolled L1-L3 2,153 2,033 1,961
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 6,325 6,866 6,959
Total Total 19,829 19,855 20,421

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 4,777 4,738 4,707
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,080 998 889
Female Enrolled L1-L3 615 527 495
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3,185 3,323 3,460
Female Total 9,657 9,586 9,551
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3,809 3,770 3,691
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,687 1,609 1,509
Male Enrolled L1-L3 756 641 643
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4,147 4,223 4,461
Male Total 10,399 10,243 10,304
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 415 435 503
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 401 379 360
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 429 354 338
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,402 1,546 1,711
Māori Total 2,647 2,714 2,912
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 999 966 946
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 689 609 557
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 470 440 427
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,355 2,475 2,725
Pacific Total 4,513 4,490 4,655
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,822 2,825 2,810
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 396 365 340
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 119 120 100
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 892 948 966
Asian Total 4,229 4,258 4,216
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 334 345 345
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 84 88 81
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 39 31 27
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 225 190 188
MELAA Total 682 654 641
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 76 51 67
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 22 17 11
Other Enrolled L1-L3 4 7 11
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 59 42 45
Other Total 161 117 134
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4,371 4,399 4,264
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,402 1,398 1,320
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 468 360 396
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3,081 3,134 3,253
European/Pākehā Total 9,322 9,291 9,233
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8,586 8,508 8,398
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2,767 2,607 2,398
Total Enrolled L1-L3 1,371 1,168 1,138
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7,332 7,546 7,921
Total Total 20,056 19,829 19,855

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.