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 18 9 9 6 6 8
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 8 14 14 7 11
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 31 26 30 26 20 30
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 37 38 26 46 40 68
Māori Total 100 81 79 92 73 117
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 59 50 59 28 54 31
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 37 31 38 29 50 38
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 42 44 40 31 25 42
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 65 121 62 117 58 110
Pacific Total 203 246 199 205 187 221
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 62 86 77 64 71 64
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 16 16 13 25 13 18
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 11 7 7 9 8
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 41 37 27 44 42 51
Asian Total 120 150 124 140 135 141
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
MELAA Total 26 34 36 24 28 39
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 3 6 2 6 6 4
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 85 82 78 60 93 76
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 30 50 29 37 27 22
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 37 51 30 41 17 20
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 73 98 79 111 74 119
European\Pākehā Total 225 281 216 249 211 237
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 223 229 226 162 220 184
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 91 110 94 102 102 87
Total Enrolled L1-L3 105 132 97 94 64 93
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 214 290 192 298 199 332
Total Total 633 761 609 656 585 696
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 18 5 18 7 10 5
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 10 9 14 12 12 16
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 14 24 20 11 15 16
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 36 64 48 51 42 55
Māori Total 78 102 100 81 79 92
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 50 26 50 45 57 38
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 25 22 24 29 31 23
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 22 37 23 28 21 22
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 103 142 106 144 90 122
Pacific Total 200 227 203 246 199 205
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 84 77 65 87 81 75
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 16 11 19 10 15
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 5 1 5 1 3
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 39 42 43 39 32 47
Asian Total 134 140 120 150 124 140
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x x x
MELAA Total 31 24 26 34 36 24
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 3 3 6 2 6
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 81 66 87 83 80 59
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 26 37 23 38 29 33
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 12 31 19 26 20 24
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 80 119 96 134 87 133
European\Pākehā Total 199 253 225 281 216 249
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 228 174 223 226 235 184
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 71 87 71 101 79 81
Total Enrolled L1-L3 53 85 57 71 57 63
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 251 342 282 363 238 328
Total Total 603 688 633 761 609 656
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.