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 17 11 20 16 16 11
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 7 13 7 10 5
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 33 36 14 22 21 25
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 26 38 26 36 26 32
Māori Total 84 92 73 81 73 73
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 106 14 127 27 120 32
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 82 42 108 30 92 32
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 84 86 78 75 66 71
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 128 175 150 162 147 163
Pacific Total 400 317 463 294 425 298
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 20 21 31 28 27 25
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 12 11 6 8 12 8
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 8 8 5 9 3 7
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 21 21 9 25 19 25
Asian Total 61 61 51 70 61 65
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 3 7 9 1 10 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 3 2 4 3 2 0
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 46 106 44 93 52 91
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 6 8 4 9 5 8
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 10 9 4 10 3 12
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 15 27 21 30 18 32
European\Pākehā Total 77 150 73 142 78 143
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 181 147 210 159 207 153
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 102 67 128 54 114 51
Total Enrolled L1-L3 121 126 95 104 89 99
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 180 244 188 239 198 238
Total Total 584 584 621 556 608 541
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 13 11 11 9 17 12
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 9 8 15 14 14 5
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 15 21 24 21 15 13
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 40 59 34 48 27 51
Māori Total 77 99 84 92 73 81
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 98 27 105 15 128 26
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 86 42 77 46 82 29
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 54 46 42 54 43 37
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 172 199 176 202 210 202
Pacific Total 410 314 400 317 463 294
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 28 28 22 20 29 27
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 8 7 5 8 4 10
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 3 4 7 8 6 4
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 24 26 27 25 12 29
Asian Total 63 65 61 61 51 70
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 10 6 3 7 9 1
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 7 3 3 2 4 3
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 66 98 48 98 44 95
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 14 4 7 4 5
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 4 7 11 7 3 8
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 19 38 14 38 22 34
European\Pākehā Total 93 157 77 150 73 142
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 200 159 181 137 205 156
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 104 66 94 70 101 48
Total Enrolled L1-L3 70 69 73 83 59 55
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 245 301 236 294 256 297
Total Total 619 595 584 584 621 556
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.