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 339 355 313
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 38 41 48
Female Enrolled L1-L3 27 23 37
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 166 165 214
Female Total 570 584 612
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 267 252 296
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 107 100 106
Male Enrolled L1-L3 39 34 41
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 182 227 235
Male Total 595 613 678
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 16 25 23
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 10 11 13
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 11 10 13
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 48 43 69
Māori Total 85 89 118
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 10 2
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 4 6
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 2 3 6
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 14 30
Pacific Total 32 31 44
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 152 147 190
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 22 14
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 6 3 6
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 56 68 62
Asian Total 228 240 272
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 33 50 36
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 3 11
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 5 3 4
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 21 21
MELAA Total 66 77 72
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 7 6 4
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 0 1
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 3 6
Other Total 10 10 11
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 419 426 395
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 114 111 122
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 48 43 56
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 238 274 323
European/Pākehā Total 819 854 896
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 606 607 609
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 145 141 154
Total Enrolled L1-L3 66 57 78
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 348 392 449
Total Total 1,165 1,197 1,290

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 344 356 351
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 40 31 40
Female Enrolled L1-L3 14 11 13
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 149 172 180
Female Total 547 570 584
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 293 271 265
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 72 99 103
Male Enrolled L1-L3 24 16 22
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 183 209 223
Male Total 572 595 613
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 19 25
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 17 15
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 3 3 4
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 29 46 45
Māori Total 53 85 89
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 5 6 6
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 6 3
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 2 0 1
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 12 20 21
Pacific Total 23 32 31
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 180 158 149
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 10 14
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 3 4
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 68 57 73
Asian Total 261 228 240
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 36 40 47
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 8 6
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 1 3 3
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 26 15 21
MELAA Total 67 66 77
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 8 7 6
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 1 2 3
Other Total 10 10 10
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 418 427 434
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 90 100 116
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 29 20 25
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 215 272 279
European/Pākehā Total 752 819 854
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 637 627 616
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 112 130 143
Total Enrolled L1-L3 38 27 35
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 332 381 403
Total Total 1,119 1,165 1,197

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.