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 914 958 923
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 444 422 423
Female Enrolled L1-L3 436 409 404
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 973 1,042 1,121
Female Total 2,767 2,831 2,871
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 699 644 629
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 556 574 557
Male Enrolled L1-L3 543 506 572
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,286 1,262 1,384
Male Total 3,084 2,986 3,142
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 210 207 273
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 302 245 276
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 417 421 471
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 873 906 1,021
Māori Total 1,802 1,779 2,041
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 46 45 53
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 60 56 49
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 47 55 67
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 147 165 153
Pacific Total 300 321 322
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 223 216 238
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 45 59 40
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 25 26 29
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 100 74 103
Asian Total 393 375 410
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 33 35 40
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 22 16 20
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 19 21 29
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 39 32 48
MELAA Total 113 104 137
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 9 15 9
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 7 3
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 6 8
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 10 13 10
Other Total 29 41 30
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,195 1,190 1,114
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 650 696 712
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 559 491 521
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,316 1,399 1,505
European/Pākehā Total 3,720 3,776 3,852
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,613 1,602 1,552
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1,000 996 980
Total Enrolled L1-L3 979 915 976
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,259 2,304 2,505
Total Total 5,851 5,817 6,013

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 972 971 1,030
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 353 352 375
Female Enrolled L1-L3 301 272 229
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,025 1,172 1,197
Female Total 2,651 2,767 2,831
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 677 746 652
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 592 600 641
Male Enrolled L1-L3 336 302 262
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,254 1,436 1,431
Male Total 2,859 3,084 2,986
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 199 219 210
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 234 247 249
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 294 276 234
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 892 1,060 1,086
Māori Total 1,619 1,802 1,779
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 41 57 65
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 42 37 40
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 37 31 33
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 126 175 183
Pacific Total 246 300 321
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 219 237 229
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 30 35 34
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 18 14 19
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 86 107 93
Asian Total 353 393 375
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 48 43 46
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 18 17 12
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 10 13 11
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 25 40 35
MELAA Total 101 113 104
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 11 9 14
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 6 6
Other Enrolled L1-L3 3 1 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 10 13 19
Other Total 24 29 41
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,201 1,263 1,234
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 683 685 757
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 336 304 251
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,344 1,468 1,534
European/Pākehā Total 3,564 3,720 3,776
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,649 1,717 1,682
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 945 952 1,016
Total Enrolled L1-L3 637 574 491
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,279 2,608 2,628
Total Total 5,510 5,851 5,817

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.