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 (2016-2018 leaver cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2016 2017 2018
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 468 474 437
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 312 319 324
Female Enrolled L1-L2 91 70 71
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 543 582 637
Female Total 1,414 1,445 1,469
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 292 288 268
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 390 457 454
Male Enrolled L1-L2 139 124 117
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 712 737 744
Male Total 1,533 1,606 1,583
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 102 134 127
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 220 248 263
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 135 103 113
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 496 525 520
Māori Total 953 1,010 1,023
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 24 30 30
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 54 42 36
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 8 15 16
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 75 87 98
Pacific Total 161 174 180
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 72 93 78
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 30 32 25
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 3 1 3
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 35 42 48
Asian Total 140 168 154
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 16 15
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 3 6 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 2 1 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 18 16 18
MELAA Total 37 39 37
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 2 9
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 5 9 12
Other Enrolled L1-L2 1 1 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 11 12 20
Other Total 25 24 42
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 598 588 544
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 501 557 563
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 118 113 99
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 827 865 919
NZ European/Pākehā Total 2,044 2,123 2,125
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 760 762 705
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 702 776 778
Total Enrolled L1-L2 230 194 188
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,255 1,319 1,381
Total Total 2,947 3,051 3,052

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 (2015-2017 leaver cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2015 2016 2017
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 470 506 515
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 265 267 267
Female Enrolled L1-L2 38 44 37
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 623 597 626
Female Total 1,396 1,414 1,445
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 342 309 305
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 352 360 424
Male Enrolled L1-L2 65 68 53
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 731 796 824
Male Total 1,490 1,533 1,606
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 128 120 143
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 190 205 228
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 61 62 51
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 529 566 588
Māori Total 908 953 1,010
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 34 20 33
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 25 43 29
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 8 8 8
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 83 90 104
Pacific Total 150 161 174
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 74 78 94
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 20 21 25
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 2 0 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 47 41 49
Asian Total 143 140 168
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 12 16 16
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 0 7 10
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 10 14 11
MELAA Total 22 37 39
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 9 4
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 2 3 5
Other Enrolled L1-L2 2 1 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 7 12 15
Other Total 12 25 24
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 648 638 635
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 447 440 489
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 49 60 48
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 852 906 951
NZ European/Pākehā Total 1,996 2,044 2,123
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 812 815 820
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 617 627 691
Total Enrolled L1-L2 103 112 90
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,354 1,393 1,450
Total Total 2,886 2,947 3,051

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.