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 433 467 475
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 161 149 201
Female Enrolled L1-L3 258 257 198
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 544 547 587
Female Total 1,396 1,420 1,461
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 324 292 288
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 204 221 244
Male Enrolled L1-L3 324 309 344
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 638 713 740
Male Total 1,490 1,535 1,616
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 116 102 135
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 118 106 120
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 239 253 242
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 435 498 528
Māori Total 908 959 1,025
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 30 24 30
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 17 35 20
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 29 27 37
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 74 75 88
Pacific Total 150 161 175
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 64 72 93
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 17 23 18
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 21 10 15
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 41 35 43
Asian Total 143 140 169
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 12 14 16
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 2 5
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 1 3 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 18 16
MELAA Total 22 37 39
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 8 2
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 2 6
Other Enrolled L1-L3 5 4 4
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 11 12
Other Total 12 25 24
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 619 597 588
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 258 265 340
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 347 357 337
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 772 830 869
European/Pākehā Total 1,996 2,049 2,134
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 757 759 763
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 365 370 445
Total Enrolled L1-L3 582 566 542
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,182 1,260 1,327
Total Total 2,886 2,955 3,077

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 482 470 505
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 136 154 183
Female Enrolled L1-L3 168 149 131
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 537 623 601
Female Total 1,323 1,396 1,420
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 342 342 309
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 247 238 252
Male Enrolled L1-L3 215 180 177
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 740 730 797
Male Total 1,544 1,490 1,535
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 98 128 120
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 108 107 119
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 127 145 152
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 477 528 568
Māori Total 810 908 959
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 20 34 20
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 20 14 33
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 20 19 18
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 66 83 90
Pacific Total 126 150 161
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 74 74 78
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 15 13
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 7 7 8
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 36 47 41
Asian Total 128 143 140
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 12 16
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 0 5
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 2 0 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 10 14
MELAA Total 23 22 37
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 1 9
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 1 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 3 3 3
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 7 12
Other Total 19 12 25
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 655 648 637
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 278 305 326
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 258 191 177
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 842 852 909
European/Pākehā Total 2,033 1,996 2,049
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 824 812 814
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 383 392 435
Total Enrolled L1-L3 383 329 308
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,277 1,353 1,398
Total Total 2,867 2,886 2,955

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.