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 50 53 76
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 38 41 46
Female Enrolled L1-L2 13 9 4
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 79 56 94
Female Total 180 159 220
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 36 35 39
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 56 51 75
Male Enrolled L1-L2 3 4 7
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 100 109 111
Male Total 195 199 232
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 9 12 17
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 13 15 30
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 4 9 5
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 47 45 58
Māori Total 73 81 110
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 2 4
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 3 5 7
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 3 2 1
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 12 11
Pacific Total 22 21 23
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 6 6
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 4 1 0
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 2 5
Asian Total 9 9 11
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 3 1
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x 0 4
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 x 0 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 2 1
MELAA Total x 5 6
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x 2 0
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x 0 2
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x 3 3
Other Total x 5 5
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 79 75 106
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 82 79 93
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 13 8 7
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 146 135 171
NZ European/Pākehā Total 320 297 377
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 86 88 115
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 94 92 121
Total Enrolled L1-L2 16 13 11
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 179 165 205
Total Total 375 358 452

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 58 53 63
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 33 38 29
Female Enrolled L1-L2 3 5 1
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 80 84 66
Female Total 174 180 159
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 41 38 38
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 74 63 56
Male Enrolled L1-L2 7 1 7
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 88 93 98
Male Total 210 195 199
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 8 14
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 20 20 13
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 4 0 5
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 37 45 49
Māori Total 69 73 81
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 0 3 4
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 4 4 5
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 3 1 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 14 12
Pacific Total 20 22 21
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 4 7
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1 2 0
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 3 2
Asian Total 9 9 9
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 4
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x 0
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 x x 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 1
MELAA Total x x 5
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 2
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x 0
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x x 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 3
Other Total x x 5
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 88 82 83
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 91 82 76
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 4 6 6
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 132 150 132
NZ European/Pākehā Total 315 320 297
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 99 91 101
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 107 101 85
Total Enrolled L1-L2 10 6 8
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 168 177 164
Total Total 384 375 358

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.