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 278 261 230
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 67 72 94
Female Enrolled L1-L3 145 156 135
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 218 212 273
Female Total 708 701 732
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 166 167 138
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 136 135 153
Male Enrolled L1-L3 210 182 183
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 292 279 320
Male Total 804 763 794
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 38 44 59
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 31 42 49
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 120 111 107
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 172 144 215
Māori Total 361 341 430
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 10 5 5
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 3 12
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 12 7 14
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 10 19 23
Pacific Total 40 34 54
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 29 26 22
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 2 8
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 3 4 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 11 6 9
Asian Total 55 38 46
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 11 6
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 3 5
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 6 4 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 3 8
MELAA Total 17 21 19
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 3 4
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 0 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 2 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 5 4
Other Total 13 10 11
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 387 363 316
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 166 171 195
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 259 237 228
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 353 374 420
European/Pākehā Total 1,165 1,145 1,159
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 444 428 368
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 203 207 247
Total Enrolled L1-L3 355 338 318
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 510 491 593
Total Total 1,512 1,464 1,526

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 238 287 262
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 80 60 91
Female Enrolled L1-L3 91 85 82
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 236 276 266
Female Total 645 708 701
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 157 174 168
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 151 177 177
Male Enrolled L1-L3 105 103 84
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 323 350 334
Male Total 736 804 763
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 39 41 43
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 39 35 51
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 61 75 72
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 158 210 175
Māori Total 297 361 341
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 9 8
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 5 5
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 x 4 5
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 22 16
Pacific Total x 40 34
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 29 35 27
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 6 2
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 1 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 10 13 7
Asian Total 47 55 38
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 11 7 10
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 4 5
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 2 0 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 6 5
MELAA Total 24 17 21
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 4 3
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x 1 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 8 6
Other Total x 13 10
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 329 393 363
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 191 195 226
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 141 133 108
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 409 444 448
European/Pākehā Total 1,070 1,165 1,145
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 395 461 430
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 231 237 268
Total Enrolled L1-L3 196 188 166
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 559 626 600
Total Total 1,381 1,512 1,464

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.