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 284 164 252 159 252 169
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 195 158 188 182 194 170
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 361 419 329 370 298 336
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 507 689 498 675 525 780
Māori Total 1,347 1,430 1,267 1,386 1,269 1,455
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 581 286 583 323 638 338
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 445 329 489 337 473 331
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 453 506 442 483 330 413
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 720 1,127 714 1,145 775 1,199
Pacific Total 2,199 2,248 2,228 2,288 2,216 2,281
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,371 1,316 1,395 1,317 1,416 1,312
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 227 265 215 315 208 259
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 93 148 83 156 70 141
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 339 436 319 429 376 480
Asian Total 2,030 2,165 2,012 2,217 2,070 2,192
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 166 115 182 125 165 146
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 34 73 43 68 49 67
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 27 45 26 42 13 44
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 73 96 87 107 80 91
MELAA Total 300 329 338 342 307 348
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 35 26 34 34 28 19
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 10 16 13 10 9
Other Enrolled L1-L3 11 12 10 9 3 9
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 20 38 18 28 20 20
Other Total 77 86 78 84 61 57
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,395 1,943 2,342 1,880 2,378 1,942
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 530 734 513 715 529 559
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 388 508 352 481 286 379
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,204 1,586 1,274 1,764 1,315 1,928
European\Pākehā Total 4,517 4,771 4,481 4,840 4,508 4,808
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4,566 3,696 4,535 3,666 4,604 3,696
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,336 1,479 1,360 1,527 1,318 1,272
Total Enrolled L1-L3 1,203 1,479 1,100 1,377 894 1,182
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,649 3,653 2,669 3,827 2,790 4,116
Total Total 9,754 10,307 9,664 10,397 9,606 10,266
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 252 163 287 157 267 145
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 177 220 171 171 172 167
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 219 237 249 248 202 224
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 661 785 640 854 626 850
Māori Total 1,309 1,405 1,347 1,430 1,267 1,386
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 539 283 620 284 645 354
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 391 312 355 322 382 255
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 269 298 273 315 235 238
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,011 1,296 951 1,327 966 1,441
Pacific Total 2,210 2,189 2,199 2,248 2,228 2,288
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,385 1,230 1,424 1,344 1,443 1,379
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 155 233 131 218 148 220
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 62 92 61 89 37 83
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 428 528 414 514 384 535
Asian Total 2,030 2,083 2,030 2,165 2,012 2,217
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 167 132 179 124 192 142
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 37 56 29 57 35 40
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 18 15 11 24 11 25
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 98 109 81 124 100 135
MELAA Total 320 312 300 329 338 342
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 42 33 37 28 41 35
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 12 9 9 10 11
Other Enrolled L1-L3 7 2 5 11 3 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 28 24 26 38 24 37
Other Total 89 71 77 86 78 84
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,438 1,854 2,486 1,925 2,451 1,918
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 432 814 423 643 402 542
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 231 352 198 327 191 308
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,440 1,711 1,410 1,876 1,437 2,072
European\Pākehā Total 4,541 4,731 4,517 4,771 4,481 4,840
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4,567 3,543 4,760 3,710 4,774 3,807
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,125 1,545 1,041 1,329 1,051 1,151
Total Enrolled L1-L3 735 909 714 920 607 791
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3,396 4,100 3,239 4,348 3,232 4,648
Total Total 9,823 10,097 9,754 10,307 9,664 10,397
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.