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.

Identical information is available for the region's territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.

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 73 56 79
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 81 75 61
Female Enrolled L1-L2 22 31 22
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 165 152 172
Female Total 341 314 334
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 48 47 48
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 145 114 118
Male Enrolled L1-L2 37 39 19
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 156 136 160
Male Total 386 336 345
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 41 51 64
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 154 131 123
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 53 62 36
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 242 218 245
Māori Total 490 462 468
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 3 1
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 10 8 7
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 3 3 4
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 20 9 23
Pacific Total 37 23 35
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 1 2
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 5 2 1
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 5 5
Asian Total 12 8 8
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 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 L3-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 80 61 76
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 83 75 71
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 10 16 5
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 101 88 98
NZ European/Pākehā Total 274 240 250
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 121 103 127
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 226 189 179
Total Enrolled L1-L2 59 70 41
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 321 288 332
Total Total 727 650 679

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 73 79 63
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 73 69 59
Female Enrolled L1-L2 17 15 12
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 165 178 180
Female Total 328 341 314
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 44 57 46
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 89 117 102
Male Enrolled L1-L2 16 23 14
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 167 189 174
Male Total 316 386 336
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 39 53 51
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 111 123 106
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 30 31 22
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 227 283 283
Māori Total 407 490 462
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 3 4
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 10 12 5
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 2 3 2
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 19 12
Pacific Total 28 37 23
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 3 2
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x 4 0
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 x 0 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 5 6
Asian Total x 12 8
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 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 L3-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 81 84 66
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 59 65 73
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 5 10 3
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 114 115 98
NZ European/Pākehā Total 259 274 240
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 117 136 109
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 162 186 161
Total Enrolled L1-L2 33 38 26
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 332 367 354
Total Total 644 727 650

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.