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 993 1,057 1,007
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 399 428 465
Female Enrolled L1-L2 86 84 59
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 748 817 818
Female Total 2,226 2,386 2,349
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 857 836 885
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 568 645 631
Male Enrolled L1-L2 131 95 102
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 916 970 1,013
Male Total 2,472 2,546 2,631
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 101 135 132
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 153 179 196
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 63 55 55
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 274 333 342
Māori Total 591 702 725
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 40 42 44
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 69 82 86
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 17 15 13
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 120 134 136
Pacific Total 246 273 279
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 241 290 287
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 87 82 74
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 9 8 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 144 154 142
Asian Total 481 534 510
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 47 43 33
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 28 21 32
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 3 3 5
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 40 29 40
MELAA Total 118 96 110
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 8 4
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 6 4 4
Other Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 8 9
Other Total 32 20 18
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,484 1,499 1,531
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 710 816 832
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 149 117 104
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,214 1,282 1,339
NZ European/Pākehā Total 3,557 3,714 3,806
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,850 1,893 1,892
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 967 1,073 1,096
Total Enrolled L1-L2 217 179 161
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,664 1,787 1,831
Total Total 4,698 4,932 4,980

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 1,079 1,065 1,141
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 298 351 330
Female Enrolled L1-L2 55 21 28
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 805 789 887
Female Total 2,237 2,226 2,386
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 889 861 841
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 543 489 559
Male Enrolled L1-L2 75 52 22
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 991 1,070 1,124
Male Total 2,498 2,472 2,546
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 107 96 137
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 115 118 147
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 35 28 14
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 290 349 404
Māori Total 547 591 702
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 46 37 52
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 48 51 48
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 7 3 3
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 158 155 170
Pacific Total 259 246 273
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 262 252 306
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 51 78 79
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 8 1 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 122 150 147
Asian Total 443 481 534
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 54 52 49
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 15 22 15
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 2 1 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 38 43 31
MELAA Total 109 118 96
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 15 12 11
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 6 7 4
Other Enrolled L1-L2 0 1 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 23 12 5
Other Total 44 32 20
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,566 1,546 1,551
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 648 642 689
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 89 45 36
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,291 1,324 1,438
NZ European/Pākehā Total 3,594 3,557 3,714
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,968 1,926 1,982
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 841 840 889
Total Enrolled L1-L2 130 73 50
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1,796 1,859 2,011
Total Total 4,735 4,698 4,932

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.