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 yet been updated in these tables and will be available shortly.   National data are 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 x x 4 5 5 3
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x 5 3 5 9
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 x x 3 7 4 6
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 10 17 11 13
Māori Total 28 25 22 32 25 31
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 28 15 23 22 31 9
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 30 27 27 28 19 21
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 30 20 30 27 20 16
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 33 45 33 54 40 53
Pacific Total 121 107 113 131 110 99
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 143 161 148 153 149 120
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 16 31 28 45 20 43
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 9 17 8 12 9 12
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 27 22 16 23 18 29
Asian Total 195 231 200 233 196 204
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 7 11 6 x x
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 2 10 6 1 x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 4 4 3 6 x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 15 4 8 x x
MELAA Total 27 36 24 21 21 29
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 4 3 x x
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x 2 1 x x
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x 0 1 x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 0 2 x x
Other Total 5 2 6 7 2 5
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 41 26 42 39 37 39
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 13 17 15 24 14 21
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 12 16 10 11 7 14
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 29 31 39 48 29 46
European\Pākehā Total 95 90 106 122 87 120
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 222 208 221 219 218 169
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 62 86 78 97 59 96
Total Enrolled L1-L3 60 62 49 61 40 48
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 101 116 92 139 95 141
Total Total 445 472 440 516 412 454
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 10 3 x x 5 6
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 7 x x 4 4
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 2 7 x x 1 5
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 15 x x 12 17
Māori Total 30 32 28 25 22 32
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 31 15 30 15 24 22
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 27 24 29 19 24 20
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 9 11 15 17 16 13
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 60 63 47 56 49 76
Pacific Total 127 113 121 107 113 131
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 135 148 151 165 158 163
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 13 25 6 20 18 19
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 2 9 5 8 1 6
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 31 32 33 38 23 45
Asian Total 181 214 195 231 200 233
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 13 8 15 7
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x 5 7 6 2
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 x x 2 1 0 5
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 7 20 3 7
MELAA Total 20 29 27 36 24 21
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x x 4 3
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 x x x x 0 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 x x x x 0 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x x 2 2
Other Total 2 1 5 2 6 7
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 58 48 42 26 53 39
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 17 11 20 9 16
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 4 14 8 9 4 7
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 27 51 34 35 40 60
European\Pākehā Total 97 130 95 90 106 122
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 237 215 236 213 248 230
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 52 74 52 71 53 59
Total Enrolled L1-L3 16 38 32 38 21 34
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 133 166 125 150 118 193
Total Total 438 493 445 472 440 516
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.