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 319 314 361
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 99 103 98
Female Enrolled L1-L3 76 82 85
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 169 195 182
Female Total 663 694 726
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 275 249 268
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 156 133 142
Male Enrolled L1-L3 149 104 138
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 219 222 235
Male Total 799 708 783
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 46 47 52
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 32 22 28
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 51 34 41
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 46 56 65
Māori Total 175 159 186
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 12 9 13
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 20 11 3
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 10 6 14
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 20 24 26
Pacific Total 62 50 56
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 54 29 47
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 4 8
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 3 4 2
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 19 21 23
Asian Total 84 58 80
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 6 9
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 1 1
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 4 7
MELAA Total 14 12 18
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 5 7
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 3 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1 3 1
Other Total 7 12 11
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 509 499 543
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 207 204 217
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 178 153 188
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 310 341 340
European/Pākehā Total 1,204 1,197 1,288
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 594 563 629
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 255 236 240
Total Enrolled L1-L3 225 186 223
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 388 417 417
Total Total 1,462 1,402 1,509

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 349 328 337
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 77 84 82
Female Enrolled L1-L3 58 54 48
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 180 197 227
Female Total 664 663 694
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 243 276 260
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 127 157 139
Male Enrolled L1-L3 74 73 55
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 254 293 254
Male Total 698 799 708
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 43 42 54
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 24 26 22
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 21 34 17
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 56 73 66
Māori Total 144 175 159
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 16 12
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 8 4
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 4 5 4
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 18 33 30
Pacific Total 38 62 50
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 47 55 29
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 10 12 5
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 1 5
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 23 16 19
Asian Total 82 84 58
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 5 6
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 2 2
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 6 3
MELAA Total 9 14 12
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 5 6
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 1 5
Other Total 9 7 12
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 520 512 528
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 178 206 195
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 109 92 82
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 360 394 392
European/Pākehā Total 1,167 1,204 1,197
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 592 604 597
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 204 241 221
Total Enrolled L1-L3 132 127 103
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 434 490 481
Total Total 1,362 1,462 1,402

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.