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 487 417 483
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 77 68 58
Female Enrolled L1-L3 21 13 28
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 141 144 126
Female Total 726 642 695
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 441 434 441
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 96 84 100
Male Enrolled L1-L3 22 39 31
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 171 221 181
Male Total 730 778 753
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 43 37 49
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 15 15
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 6 10 12
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 27 44 38
Māori Total 90 106 114
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 29 21 35
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 13 10 13
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 4 11 6
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 31 25 26
Pacific Total 77 67 80
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 314 297 345
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 29 35 24
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 6 7 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 58 78 53
Asian Total 407 417 429
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 48 47 35
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 6 5
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 3 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 9 13 16
MELAA Total 61 69 58
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 7 5
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 0 4
Other Total 6 8 11
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 541 483 529
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 124 100 115
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 29 35 43
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 217 251 205
European/Pākehā Total 911 869 892
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 928 851 924
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 173 152 158
Total Enrolled L1-L3 43 52 59
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 312 365 307
Total Total 1,456 1,420 1,448

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 471 513 440
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 40 32 29
Female Enrolled L1-L3 14 12 8
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 168 169 165
Female Total 693 726 642
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 415 444 434
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 95 104 92
Male Enrolled L1-L3 20 19 26
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 208 163 226
Male Total 738 730 778
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 28 41 42
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 15 14
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 4 4 2
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 35 30 48
Māori Total 75 90 106
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 31 34 23
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 5 9
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 4 7 7
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 31 31 28
Pacific Total 71 77 67
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 299 324 304
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 16 16 17
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 6 3 3
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 61 64 93
Asian Total 382 407 417
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 50 51 51
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 2 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 1 0 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 20 8 14
MELAA Total 74 61 69
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 1 8
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 0 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 4 0
Other Total 9 6 8
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 509 555 494
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 107 110 98
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 21 20 26
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 251 226 251
European/Pākehā Total 888 911 869
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 886 957 874
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 135 136 121
Total Enrolled L1-L3 34 31 34
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 376 332 391
Total Total 1,431 1,456 1,420

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.