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 728 715 740
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 79 85 71
Female Enrolled L1-L3 39 32 33
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 234 241 216
Female Total 1,080 1,073 1,060
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 480 473 490
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 124 119 102
Male Enrolled L1-L3 56 62 68
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 236 262 238
Male Total 896 916 898
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 62 57 73
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 23 34 34
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 26 28 22
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 62 77 66
Māori Total 173 196 195
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 85 103 100
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 38 47 35
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 27 36 31
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 86 106 93
Pacific Total 236 292 259
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 407 401 430
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 30 36 30
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 14 7 13
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 112 120 98
Asian Total 563 564 571
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 25 35 30
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 15 5 7
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 3 4 2
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 12 14
MELAA Total 51 56 53
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 4 13 5
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 1 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 5 2 3
Other Total 10 17 9
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 698 664 693
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 111 105 97
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 37 39 55
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 235 244 235
European/Pākehā Total 1,081 1,052 1,080
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,208 1,188 1,230
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 203 204 173
Total Enrolled L1-L3 95 94 101
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 470 503 454
Total Total 1,976 1,989 1,958

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 748 746 732
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 39 73 55
Female Enrolled L1-L3 29 24 19
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 253 237 267
Female Total 1,069 1,080 1,073
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 548 486 468
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 97 114 104
Male Enrolled L1-L3 32 28 41
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 255 268 303
Male Total 932 896 916
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 68 62 52
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 25 23 26
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 16 14 16
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 71 74 102
Māori Total 180 173 196
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 88 93 109
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 27 28 31
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 24 15 18
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 113 100 134
Pacific Total 252 236 292
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 401 407 406
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 21 27 20
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 4 8 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 113 121 131
Asian Total 539 563 564
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 34 31 37
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 7 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 0 2 1
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 11 15
MELAA Total 58 51 56
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 9 3 12
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 0 1 0
Other Enrolled L1-L3 0 1 2
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 2 5 3
Other Total 11 10 17
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 768 706 666
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 70 117 97
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 24 20 24
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 239 238 265
European/Pākehā Total 1,101 1,081 1,052
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,296 1,232 1,200
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 136 187 159
Total Enrolled L1-L3 61 52 60
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 508 505 570
Total Total 2,001 1,976 1,989

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.