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 1,186 1,198 1,261
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 327 326 403
Female Enrolled L1-L3 365 385 351
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 880 886 1,055
Female Total 2,758 2,795 3,070
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,050 961 1,041
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 372 387 447
Male Enrolled L1-L3 570 493 512
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,135 1,118 1,219
Male Total 3,127 2,959 3,219
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 190 173 232
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 149 130 153
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 294 265 296
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 473 470 631
Māori Total 1,106 1,038 1,312
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 140 154 152
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 105 100 109
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 154 160 156
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 318 333 381
Pacific Total 717 747 798
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 401 387 445
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 50 52 57
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 36 43 40
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 107 110 131
Asian Total 594 592 673
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 54 49 61
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 21 24 29
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 18 20 21
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 57 53 68
MELAA Total 150 146 179
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 18 10 9
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 6 4
Other Enrolled L1-L3 6 2 4
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 15 24
Other Total 45 33 41
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,588 1,545 1,607
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 452 476 601
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 541 506 517
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,250 1,294 1,410
European/Pākehā Total 3,831 3,821 4,135
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,236 2,159 2,302
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 699 713 850
Total Enrolled L1-L3 935 878 863
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,015 2,004 2,274
Total Total 5,885 5,754 6,289

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 1,259 1,257 1,315
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 327 317 333
Female Enrolled L1-L3 218 219 180
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 954 965 967
Female Total 2,758 2,758 2,795
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,020 1,089 986
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 459 449 465
Male Enrolled L1-L3 260 266 232
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,094 1,323 1,276
Male Total 2,833 3,127 2,959
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 169 191 190
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 128 151 147
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 162 166 120
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 528 598 581
Māori Total 987 1,106 1,038
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 168 144 166
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 88 83 104
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 73 89 82
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 364 401 395
Pacific Total 693 717 747
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 384 421 395
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 55 42 43
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 19 20 20
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 106 111 134
Asian Total 564 594 592
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 38 56 49
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 31 20 21
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 10 9 12
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 45 65 64
MELAA Total 124 150 146
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 19 21 8
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 2 5
Other Enrolled L1-L3 5 2 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 23 20 18
Other Total 54 45 33
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,622 1,673 1,663
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 538 539 562
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 271 264 246
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,205 1,355 1,350
European/Pākehā Total 3,636 3,831 3,821
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2,279 2,346 2,301
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 786 766 798
Total Enrolled L1-L3 478 485 412
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2,048 2,288 2,243
Total Total 5,591 5,885 5,754

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.