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 63 73 56
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 52 52 49
Female Enrolled L1-L3 81 51 57
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 132 166 157
Female Total 328 342 319
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 45 48 47
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 55 64 55
Male Enrolled L1-L3 90 118 98
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 126 156 135
Male Total 316 386 335
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 39 41 51
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 67 78 67
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 134 128 126
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 167 243 222
Māori Total 407 490 466
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 4 3
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 5 6
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 14 8 5
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 20 9
Pacific Total 28 37 23
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 2 1
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 2 2
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 x 3 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 5 5
Asian Total x 12 8
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 71 80 61
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 46 45 45
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 47 49 46
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 95 101 88
European/Pākehā Total 259 275 240
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 108 121 103
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 107 116 104
Total Enrolled L1-L3 171 169 155
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 258 322 292
Total Total 644 728 654

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 86 73 79
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 60 48 38
Female Enrolled L1-L3 58 42 46
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 160 165 179
Female Total 364 328 342
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 46 44 57
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 62 55 68
Male Enrolled L1-L3 59 50 73
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 158 167 188
Male Total 325 316 386
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 44 39 53
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 79 58 61
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 91 83 93
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 210 227 283
Māori Total 424 407 490
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 2 3
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 7 9
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 4 5 6
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 14 19
Pacific Total 29 28 37
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 x 3
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 x 4
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 x 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1 x 5
Asian Total 12 x 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 80 81 84
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 48 45 41
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 26 19 35
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 102 114 115
European/Pākehā Total 256 259 275
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 132 117 136
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 122 103 106
Total Enrolled L1-L3 117 92 119
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 318 332 367
Total Total 689 644 728

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.