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.

Identical information is available for other territorial authorities in this region by using the drop down menu above. For territorial authorities in other regions first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.

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 715 754 767
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 146 142 142
Female Enrolled L1-L3 67 60 49
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 233 258 270
Female Total 1,161 1,214 1,228
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 663 641 630
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 234 202 271
Male Enrolled L1-L3 93 105 114
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 328 349 394
Male Total 1,318 1,297 1,409
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 48 54 55
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 35 32 42
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 23 35 24
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 62 95 114
Māori Total 168 216 235
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 77 73 70
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 48 32 56
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 27 25 25
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 79 83 107
Pacific Total 231 213 258
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 626 654 651
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 94 74 88
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 25 24 32
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 117 140 134
Asian Total 862 892 905
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 53 57 50
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 17 22 23
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 10 10 12
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 17 28 29
MELAA Total 97 117 114
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 13 7 11
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 3 3 1
Other Enrolled L1-L3 2 2 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 8 8 10
Other Total 26 20 22
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 640 619 632
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 231 209 246
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 88 87 96
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 329 322 366
European/Pākehā Total 1,288 1,237 1,340
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,378 1,395 1,397
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 380 344 413
Total Enrolled L1-L3 160 165 163
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 561 607 664
Total Total 2,479 2,511 2,637

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 731 731 782
Female Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 117 106 86
Female Enrolled L1-L3 41 25 29
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 285 299 317
Female Total 1,174 1,161 1,214
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 660 680 658
Male Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 235 210 204
Male Enrolled L1-L3 63 52 48
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 316 376 387
Male Total 1,274 1,318 1,297
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 33 42 51
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 33 30 35
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 12 12 15
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 65 84 115
Māori Total 143 168 216
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 63 76 77
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 29 34 21
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 21 13 13
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 91 108 102
Pacific Total 204 231 213
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 662 642 672
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 66 63 56
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 18 11 15
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 135 146 149
Asian Total 881 862 892
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above 61 57 63
MELAA Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 13 7 17
MELAA Enrolled L1-L3 8 7 4
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary 20 26 33
MELAA Total 102 97 117
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above 11 16 5
Other Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 1 2
Other Enrolled L1-L3 1 2 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary 6 7 13
Other Total 23 26 20
European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 608 652 637
European/Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 228 216 188
European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 49 40 46
European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 325 380 366
European/Pākehā Total 1,210 1,288 1,237
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 1,391 1,411 1,440
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 352 316 290
Total Enrolled L1-L3 104 77 77
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 601 675 704
Total Total 2,448 2,479 2,511

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.