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 332 308 356
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 62 85 82
Female Enrolled L1-L3 30 41 33
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 161 170 160
Female Total 585 604 631
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 241 247 277
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 60 58 61
Male Enrolled L1-L3 26 30 27
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 146 146 136
Male Total 473 481 501
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 45 53 55
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 26 30
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 16 23 23
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 60 84 81
Māori Total 133 186 189
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 121 100 109
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 55 56 58
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 28 31 32
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 105 98 100
Pacific Total 309 285 299
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 128 128 148
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 11 14 15
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 4 3 6
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 37 40 37
Asian Total 180 185 206
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 16 14
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 6 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 4 6 3
MELAA Total 20 29 22
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 3 5 4
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 3 3 2
Other Total 7 10 7
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 301 298 347
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 48 54 55
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 14 25 13
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 129 128 116
European/Pākehā Total 492 505 531
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 573 555 633
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 122 143 143
Total Enrolled L1-L3 56 71 60
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 307 316 296
Total Total 1,058 1,085 1,132

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 351 332 334
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 62 47 54
Female Enrolled L1-L3 23 19 33
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 137 187 183
Female Total 573 585 604
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 217 246 259
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 62 60 51
Male Enrolled L1-L3 20 19 14
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 162 148 157
Male Total 461 473 481
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 40 45 57
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 27 14 19
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 20 9 14
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 59 65 96
Māori Total 146 133 186
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 99 115 105
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 44 41 36
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 12 18 24
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 87 135 120
Pacific Total 242 309 285
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 136 135 136
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 7 12
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 6 3 1
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 42 35 36
Asian Total 193 180 185
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 15 12 17
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 2 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 0 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 6 7
MELAA Total 27 20 29
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 3 8
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 1 1 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 3 2
Other Total 9 7 10
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 303 301 319
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 53 51 47
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 13 11 15
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 129 129 124
European/Pākehā Total 498 492 505
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 568 578 593
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 124 107 105
Total Enrolled L1-L3 43 38 47
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 299 335 340
Total Total 1,034 1,058 1,085

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.