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 201 225 224
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 70 47 64
Female Enrolled L1-L3 31 27 32
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 176 172 164
Female Total 478 471 484
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 130 164 152
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 111 94 93
Male Enrolled L1-L3 50 33 31
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 201 231 233
Male Total 492 522 509
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 15 22
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 17 12 15
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 7 12 9
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 28 40 39
Māori Total 66 79 85
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 4 x
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 5 x
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 2 0 x
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 11 x
Pacific Total 11 20 x
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 25 36 37
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 5 8
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 6 0 4
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 9 20 15
Asian Total 51 61 64
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 9 12
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 2 8
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 3 2 3
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 17 14
MELAA Total 41 30 37
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 0 1 x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 4 x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 2 x
Other Total 5 8 x
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 285 337 314
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 150 124 133
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 69 51 49
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 334 350 355
European/Pākehā Total 838 862 851
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 331 389 376
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 181 141 157
Total Enrolled L1-L3 81 60 63
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 377 403 397
Total Total 970 993 993

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 234 217 233
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 46 56 45
Female Enrolled L1-L3 29 23 10
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 176 182 183
Female Total 485 478 471
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 164 128 174
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 106 116 99
Male Enrolled L1-L3 34 32 23
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 221 216 226
Male Total 525 492 522
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 15 16 18
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 12 9
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 7 8 6
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 31 30 46
Māori Total 59 66 79
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 2 5
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 2 3
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 2 3 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 6 4 12
Pacific Total 16 11 20
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 25 32 42
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 8 5
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 4 1
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 7 13
Asian Total 47 51 61
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 20 11
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 8 4
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 2 2 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 11 15
MELAA Total 33 41 30
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 2 1 2
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 0 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 3 3
Other Total 7 5 8
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 346 290 349
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 137 147 129
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 53 46 28
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 341 355 356
European/Pākehā Total 877 838 862
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 398 345 407
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 152 172 144
Total Enrolled L1-L3 63 55 33
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 397 398 409
Total Total 1,010 970 993

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.