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.

Technical Notes and Definitions Identical information is available by regional council and territorial local authority through the Know Your Region pages.

Alternatively a large amount of progression to tertiary data is available from our statistical pages. See Transition from School to Tertiary.

2017 data have not been updated in these tables but National and school level data is available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

Table 1: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education one year after leaving school (2013-2015 leaver cohorts)
Ethnic Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2013 2014 2015
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 13 16 15 21 22
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 7 8 4 6 5
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 5 4 0 4 5 1
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 14 24 9 19 7 23
Māori Total 38 48 33 42 39 51
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x 18 11
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x 8 5
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x 3 1
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x 9 22
Pacific Total 26 32 32 39 38 39
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 166 151 157 133 151 163
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 16 9 15 17 15 14
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 6 2 3 4 1 5
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 21 30 22 31 29 29
Asian Total 209 192 197 185 196 211
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 34 18 20 28 x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 6 2 6 x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 1 1 x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 0 7 10 6 x x
MELAA Total 40 32 33 41 33 29
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
Other Total 6 1 7 2 5 1
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 251 272 260 245 289 253
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 38 53 30 69 51 36
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 16 21 11 17 9 18
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 85 117 117 139 101 155
European\Pākehā Total 390 463 418 470 450 462
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 455 443 456 415 487 442
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 64 78 61 95 77 57
Total Enrolled L1-L3 27 29 15 26 17 25
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 122 175 162 201 146 207
Total Total 668 725 694 737 727 731
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 Females 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 are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.
Table 2: School leavers enrolled in tertiary education two years after leaving school (2012-2014 cohorts) Year left school
Ethnic Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2012 2013 2014
Female Male Female Male Female Male
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 9 14 16 16 12
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 4 4 4 3 1
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 2 4 2 1 2 3
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 20 18 27 12 26
Māori Total 37 37 38 48 33 42
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
Pacific Total 32 29 26 32 32 39
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 148 141 169 150 162 137
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 11 5 8 8 7
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 3 2 6 2 0 4
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 32 32 29 32 27 37
Asian Total 190 186 209 192 197 185
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 29 29 35 19 21 29
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 3 4 1 1
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 0 0 1 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 5 2 9 10 11
MELAA Total 35 36 40 32 33 41
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
Other Total 4 4 6 1 7 2
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 271 235 269 255 269 240
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 32 64 23 48 24 45
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 12 15 14 16 12 11
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 132 146 84 144 113 174
European\Pākehā Total 447 460 390 463 418 470
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 460 403 475 428 472 414
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 48 80 38 68 39 54
Total Enrolled L1-L3 18 23 20 19 14 20
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 182 198 135 210 169 249
Total Total 708 704 668 725 694 737
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 Females 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 are excluded. Alternative education students are included in National totals, but, not in the school they are funded from.