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.

Identical information is available for other territorial authorities in this region by using the drop down menu above. For territorial authorities in other regions first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.

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 628 657 705
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 103 105 130
Female Enrolled L1-L3 94 92 81
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 322 339 401
Female Total 1,147 1,193 1,317
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 611 544 599
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 117 151 153
Male Enrolled L1-L3 151 124 113
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 420 388 423
Male Total 1,299 1,207 1,288
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 76 74 100
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 37 33 43
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 62 44 42
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 102 116 152
Māori Total 277 267 337
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 68 81 82
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 28 37 40
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 34 33 35
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 105 101 117
Pacific Total 235 252 274
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 266 258 289
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 25 32 24
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 18 14 17
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 59 66 89
Asian Total 368 370 419
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 31 25 42
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 10 18
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 4 10 8
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 20 36 35
MELAA Total 67 81 103
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 4 5
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 3 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 4 1 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 10 12
Other Total 31 18 20
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 880 849 901
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 152 176 197
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 156 133 128
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 500 491 529
European/Pākehā Total 1,688 1,649 1,755
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,239 1,201 1,304
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 220 256 283
Total Enrolled L1-L3 245 216 194
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 742 727 824
Total Total 2,446 2,400 2,605

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 666 678 728
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 99 92 109
Female Enrolled L1-L3 56 55 47
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 317 322 309
Female Total 1,138 1,147 1,193
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 574 629 571
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 160 146 158
Male Enrolled L1-L3 70 84 70
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 362 440 408
Male Total 1,166 1,299 1,207
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 67 79 85
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 27 34 40
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 34 32 24
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 121 132 118
Māori Total 249 277 267
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 76 69 83
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 35 23 35
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 15 26 24
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 114 117 110
Pacific Total 240 235 252
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 251 276 263
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 31 19 22
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 5 12 8
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 64 61 77
Asian Total 351 368 370
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 26 30 26
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 16 8 10
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 5 2 8
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 23 27 37
MELAA Total 70 67 81
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 14 4
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 0 3
Other Enrolled L1-L3 5 1 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 16 10
Other Total 32 31 18
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 881 937 934
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 169 179 191
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 79 80 70
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 414 492 454
European/Pākehā Total 1,543 1,688 1,649
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,240 1,307 1,299
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 259 238 267
Total Enrolled L1-L3 126 139 117
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 679 762 717
Total Total 2,304 2,446 2,400

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.