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 616 595 583
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 280 267 301
Female Enrolled L1-L3 330 271 297
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 637 697 754
Female Total 1,863 1,830 1,935
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 403 428 364
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 410 349 379
Male Enrolled L1-L3 410 415 403
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 813 869 937
Male Total 2,036 2,061 2,083
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 187 203 198
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 274 226 235
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 398 377 390
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 706 764 839
Māori Total 1,565 1,570 1,662
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 26 19 25
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 25 21 34
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 39 25 37
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 72 72 86
Pacific Total 162 137 182
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 88 102 80
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 29 32 35
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 15 21 17
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 46 39 47
Asian Total 178 194 179
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 17 12 15
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 6 7
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 5 2 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 10 9 9
MELAA Total 40 29 32
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 11 13 35
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 12 21
Other Enrolled L1-L3 12 14 19
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 24 33
Other Total 47 63 108
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 777 782 692
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 428 372 437
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 357 330 342
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 768 862 918
European/Pākehā Total 2,330 2,346 2,389
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,019 1,023 947
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 690 616 680
Total Enrolled L1-L3 740 686 700
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,450 1,566 1,691
Total Total 3,899 3,891 4,018

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 628 672 651
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 280 238 254
Female Enrolled L1-L3 211 172 141
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 719 781 784
Female Total 1,838 1,863 1,830
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 423 401 450
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 375 440 402
Male Enrolled L1-L3 242 233 234
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 786 962 975
Male Total 1,826 2,036 2,061
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 161 195 219
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 237 230 222
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 238 241 191
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 748 899 938
Māori Total 1,384 1,565 1,570
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 15 22 21
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 23 24 18
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 20 21 18
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 41 95 80
Pacific Total 99 162 137
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 84 93 105
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 21 31 25
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 9 10 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 35 44 57
Asian Total 149 178 194
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 17 17 13
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 7 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 2 4 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 12 11
MELAA Total 28 40 29
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 11 18
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 8 12
Other Enrolled L1-L3 4 9 10
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 19 23
Other Total 27 47 63
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 803 821 832
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 409 449 429
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 225 165 184
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 813 895 901
European/Pākehā Total 2,250 2,330 2,346
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,051 1,073 1,101
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 655 678 656
Total Enrolled L1-L3 453 405 375
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,505 1,743 1,759
Total Total 3,664 3,899 3,891

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.