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 6 10 6 6 7 1
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 9 11 6 6 8
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 20 29 24 28 17 23
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 22 52 29 46 20 29
Māori Total 62 100 70 86 50 61
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 42 15 30 23 43 14
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 31 24 37 18 40 25
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 36 43 30 39 22 30
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 53 94 59 112 50 87
Pacific Total 162 176 156 192 155 156
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 27 27 9 8 19 16
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 11 13 7 9 11
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 1 10 5 5 4 6
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 18 10 20 8 15
Asian Total 44 66 37 40 40 48
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 2 11 6 8 6 4
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 1 6 2 2 2 2
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 21 21 19 17 16 8
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 7 11 11 7 5 7
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 14 16 7 13 5 10
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 13 27 17 32 9 23
European\Pākehā Total 55 75 54 69 35 48
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 93 70 63 52 83 36
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 54 58 68 36 57 43
Total Enrolled L1-L3 69 90 58 82 40 64
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 87 181 105 192 81 147
Total Total 303 399 294 362 261 290
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 9 9 6 9 8 6
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 13 9 11 9 8
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 18 11 16 14 14 20
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 26 51 31 66 39 52
Māori Total 65 84 62 100 70 86
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 28 16 43 15 32 27
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 31 28 22 27 29 14
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 24 23 20 16 12 22
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 112 119 77 118 83 129
Pacific Total 195 186 162 176 156 192
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 20 28 30 29 16 8
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 14 5 16 6 6
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 4 2 1 4 3 4
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 12 20 8 17 12 22
Asian Total 40 64 44 66 37 40
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 6 3 2 11 6 8
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 0 1 6 2 2
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 15 16 23 22 22 21
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 17 7 15 10 5
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 6 8 4 8 4 7
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 21 33 21 30 18 36
European\Pākehā Total 51 74 55 75 54 69
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 68 65 98 72 78 59
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 54 69 42 70 51 32
Total Enrolled L1-L3 52 43 38 41 28 50
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 167 217 125 216 137 221
Total Total 341 394 303 399 294 362
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.