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 (2016-2018 leaver cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2016 2017 2018
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 418 484 422
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 78 79 75
Female Enrolled L1-L2 3 6 4
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 144 126 177
Female Total 643 695 678
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 433 440 441
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 112 124 122
Male Enrolled L1-L2 11 7 4
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 220 181 193
Male Total 776 752 760
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 37 49 37
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 22 23 15
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 3 4 2
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 44 38 34
Māori Total 106 114 88
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 21 35 34
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 18 17 13
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 3 1 1
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 25 27 34
Pacific Total 67 80 82
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 297 345 319
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 40 30 34
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 2 1 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 77 52 72
Asian Total 416 428 425
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 47 35 39
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 9 6 10
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 0 1 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 16 13
MELAA Total 69 58 63
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 7 5 3
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1 2 1
Other Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 0 4 2
Other Total 8 11 6
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 483 529 493
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 125 150 145
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 10 8 7
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 251 205 252
NZ European/Pākehā Total 869 892 897
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 851 924 863
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 190 203 197
Total Enrolled L1-L2 14 13 8
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 364 307 370
Total Total 1,419 1,447 1,438

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 (2015-2017 cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2015 2016 2017
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 513 441 501
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 42 35 45
Female Enrolled L1-L2 2 2 1
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 169 165 148
Female Total 726 643 695
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 444 433 440
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 114 115 114
Male Enrolled L1-L2 9 3 5
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 163 225 193
Male Total 730 776 752
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 41 42 51
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 16 15 16
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 3 1 1
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 30 48 46
Māori Total 90 106 114
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 34 23 34
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 9 15 11
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 3 1 0
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 31 28 35
Pacific Total 77 67 80
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 324 304 348
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 18 20 21
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 1 0 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 64 92 59
Asian Total 407 416 428
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 51 51 39
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 2 4 4
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 14 14
MELAA Total 61 69 58
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1 8 6
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 1 0 3
Other Enrolled L1-L2 0 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 0 2
Other Total 6 8 11
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 555 494 541
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 123 120 121
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 7 4 5
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 226 251 225
NZ European/Pākehā Total 911 869 892
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 957 874 941
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 156 150 159
Total Enrolled L1-L2 11 5 6
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 332 390 341
Total Total 1,456 1,419 1,447

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.