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 (2016-2018 leaver cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2016 2017 2018
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 153 130 140
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 138 135 134
Female Enrolled L1-L2 46 26 23
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 178 193 206
Female Total 515 484 503
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 143 126 153
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 181 194 181
Male Enrolled L1-L2 59 34 23
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 316 372 350
Male Total 699 726 707
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 22 19 30
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 53 64 61
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 33 20 21
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 105 119 114
Māori Total 213 222 226
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 131 143 144
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 179 177 187
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 73 39 26
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 339 414 421
Pacific Total 722 773 778
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 140 88 119
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 80 96 75
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 8 4 5
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 49 66 59
Asian Total 277 254 258
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 3
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x 3
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 x x 0
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 4
MELAA Total x x 10
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x 2
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x 3
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x x 0
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x 0
Other Total x x 5
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 14 19 25
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 27 23 30
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 7 5 3
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 34 53 36
NZ European/Pākehā Total 82 100 94
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 296 256 293
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 319 329 315
Total Enrolled L1-L2 105 60 46
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 494 565 556
Total Total 1,214 1,210 1,210

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 (2015-2017 cohorts)
Group Highest tertiary qualification study level Year left school
2015 2016 2017
Female Enrolled Degree L7 or above 142 142 127
Female Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 110 120 97
Female Enrolled L1-L2 17 15 11
Female Not Enrolled in Tertiary 246 238 249
Female Total 515 515 484
Male Enrolled Degree L7 or above 139 131 107
Male Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 133 132 153
Male Enrolled L1-L2 21 25 20
Male Not Enrolled in Tertiary 378 411 446
Male Total 671 699 726
Māori Enrolled Degree L7 or above 18 21 14
Māori Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 37 35 52
Māori Enrolled L1-L2 14 14 11
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 118 143 145
Māori Total 187 213 222
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 117 100 114
Pacific Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 140 153 131
Pacific Enrolled L1-L2 23 24 19
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 446 445 509
Pacific Total 726 722 773
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 146 146 100
Asian Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 64 62 72
Asian Enrolled L1-L2 3 2 0
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 83 67 82
Asian Total 296 277 254
MELAA Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
MELAA Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x x
MELAA Enrolled L1-L2 x x x
MELAA Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
MELAA Total x x x
Other Enrolled Degree L7 or above x x x
Other Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 x x x
Other Enrolled L1-L2 x x x
Other Not Enrolled in Tertiary x x x
Other Total x x x
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 16 13 13
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 19 23 25
NZ European/Pākehā Enrolled L1-L2 1 2 4
NZ European/Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 44 44 58
NZ European/Pākehā Total 80 82 100
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 281 273 234
Total Enrolled Non-Degree L3-L7 243 252 250
Total Enrolled L1-L2 38 40 31
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 624 649 695
Total Total 1,186 1,214 1,210

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.