Progression to Tertiary > 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 499 508 512
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 196 198 194
Female Enrolled L1-L3 176 169 162
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 348 396 442
Female Total 1,219 1,271 1,310
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 417 399 358
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 254 263 247
Male Enrolled L1-L3 243 212 278
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 510 496 567
Male Total 1,424 1,370 1,450
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 101 118 141
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 124 104 108
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 166 168 196
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 302 314 374
Māori Total 693 704 819
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 29 37 36
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 34 40 27
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 23 31 35
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 79 78 72
Pacific Total 165 186 170
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 172 175 185
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 30 41 30
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 18 21 19
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 69 53 74
Asian Total 289 290 308
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 26 23 27
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 13 17
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 12 18 19
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 24 20 33
MELAA Total 74 74 96
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 7 7
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 5 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 4
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 9 6
Other Total 16 22 19
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 638 622 563
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 284 288 302
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 230 192 225
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 470 522 572
European/Pākehā Total 1,622 1,624 1,662
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 916 907 870
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 450 461 441
Total Enrolled L1-L3 419 381 440
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 858 892 1,009
Total Total 2,643 2,641 2,760

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 cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2014 2015 2016
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 537 534 564
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 160 161 158
Female Enrolled L1-L3 112 97 86
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 422 427 463
Female Total 1,231 1,219 1,271
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 418 446 411
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 237 257 260
Male Enrolled L1-L3 125 125 114
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 479 596 585
Male Total 1,259 1,424 1,370
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 115 109 127
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 102 113 101
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 109 105 84
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 315 366 392
Māori Total 641 693 704
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 33 36 55
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 28 24 26
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 22 14 17
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 64 91 88
Pacific Total 147 165 186
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 172 180 183
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 24 22 24
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 12 8 14
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 59 79 69
Asian Total 267 289 290
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 39 32 31
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 10 9 8
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 8 4 11
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 19 29 24
MELAA Total 76 74 74
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 7 6 8
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 3 4
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 6 10
Other Total 12 16 22
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 630 681 651
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 265 289 283
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 114 114 97
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 518 538 593
European/Pākehā Total 1,527 1,622 1,624
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 955 980 975
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 397 418 418
Total Enrolled L1-L3 237 222 200
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 901 1,023 1,048
Total Total 2,490 2,643 2,641

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.