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.

Technical Notes and Definitions Identical information is available by regional council and territorial local authority through the Know Your Region pages.

Alternatively a large amount of progression to tertiary data is available from our statistical pages. See Transition from School to Tertiary.

2017 data have not been updated in these tables but National and school level data is available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2013-2015 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 68 45 49 41 76 40
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 46 39 45 33 60 44
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 98 123 85 132 111 110
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 161 258 178 251 210 260
Māori Total 373 465 357 457 457 454
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 21 15 14 4 18 12
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 8 11 5 9 7
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 10 19 11 15 13 16
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 19 33 32 34 34 40
Pacific Total 61 75 68 58 74 75
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 30 30 37 29 30 34
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 7 9 5 10 7
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 7 10 4 5 10 10
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 15 19 21 23 18
Asian Total 57 62 69 60 73 69
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 4 8 5 5 7
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 3 1 1 0 1
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 2 1 2 0 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 6 1 4 4 4
MELAA Total 14 15 11 12 9 13
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 3 4 0 0 1
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 0 0 4 1 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 3 3 2 3 2 4
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 2 2 4 3 1
Other Total 10 8 8 11 6 6
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 370 250 337 256 360 258
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 108 126 101 91 100 91
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 153 226 145 241 127 215
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 354 443 340 523 359 492
European\Pākehā Total 985 1,045 923 1,111 946 1,056
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 468 325 429 310 434 322
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 151 170 153 130 156 132
Total Enrolled L1-L3 245 352 228 353 244 318
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 514 693 516 754 566 721
Total Total 1,378 1,540 1,326 1,547 1,400 1,493
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 Females 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 are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2013-2015 cohorts) Year left school
Ethnic Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 68 56 69 51 55 43
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 47 52 46 33 41 39
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 88 108 64 109 52 72
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 219 288 194 272 209 303
Māori Total 422 504 373 465 357 457
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 19 8 25 16 14 6
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 8 6 4 10 3
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 11 9 6 16 10 12
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 34 42 24 39 34 37
Pacific Total 68 67 61 75 68 58
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 40 33 28 30 41 33
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 6 6 3 1 7
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 3 3 4 5 5 3
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 20 19 24 22 17
Asian Total 66 62 57 62 69 60
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 2 7 5 8 5
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 2 4 1 0
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 0 1 0 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 11 2 5 5 2 5
MELAA Total 16 6 14 15 11 12
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 6 2 4 4 2
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 1 2 0 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 0 3 1 0 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 2 4 1 4 6
Other Total 13 9 10 8 8 11
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 420 275 406 271 379 276
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 136 184 112 119 81 86
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 100 171 112 177 98 145
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 408 476 355 478 365 604
European\Pākehā Total 1,064 1,106 985 1,045 923 1,111
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 521 354 508 353 482 342
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 180 235 156 157 123 126
Total Enrolled L1-L3 186 272 171 278 151 219
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 637 758 543 752 570 860
Total Total 1,524 1,619 1,378 1,540 1,326 1,547
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 Females 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 are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.