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 6 6 14 5 4 8
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 13 8 14 12 17 10
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 27 41 33 39 31 31
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 38 56 36 49 39 48
Māori Total 84 111 97 105 91 97
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 56 48 56 67 58 69
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 64 50 60 75 71 54
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 74 98 91 118 60 74
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 128 235 105 224 118 223
Pacific Total 322 431 312 484 307 420
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 61 50 72 56 69 70
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 33 38 17 36 27 21
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 7 33 19 29 7 20
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 27 37 18 41 30 52
Asian Total 128 158 126 162 133 163
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 4 6 4 7 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 2 0 3 1 0 4
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 6 9 13 7 4 13
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 4 8 6 6 6 9
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 6 13 14 16 6 8
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 9 20 15 21 13 22
European\Pākehā Total 25 50 48 50 29 52
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 125 112 143 126 136 151
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 112 99 94 124 110 85
Total Enrolled L1-L3 108 175 140 182 90 122
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 194 319 159 307 177 317
Total Total 539 705 536 739 513 675
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 5 7 7 4 15 4
Māori Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 14 17 13 15 15 9
Māori Enrolled L1-L3 23 17 21 31 18 25
Māori Not Enrolled in Tertiary 49 65 43 61 49 67
Māori Total 91 106 84 111 97 105
Pacific Enrolled Degree L7 or above 59 52 59 47 65 69
Pacific Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 49 66 48 55 64 58
Pacific Enrolled L1-L3 48 60 57 69 43 56
Pacific Not Enrolled in Tertiary 150 265 158 260 140 301
Pacific Total 306 443 322 431 312 484
Asian Enrolled Degree L7 or above 77 46 62 59 64 59
Asian Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 28 38 19 37 25 33
Asian Enrolled L1-L3 14 26 11 19 5 16
Asian Not Enrolled in Tertiary 43 56 36 43 32 54
Asian Total 162 166 128 158 126 162
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 5 6 4 6 4 7
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 2 2 2 0 3 1
European\Pākehā Enrolled Degree L7 or above 17 8 6 12 13 7
European\Pākehā Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 5 9 3 8 6 5
European\Pākehā Enrolled L1-L3 8 8 4 7 5 8
European\Pākehā Not Enrolled in Tertiary 21 32 12 23 24 30
European\Pākehā Total 51 57 25 50 48 50
Total Enrolled Degree L7 or above 155 107 130 121 149 132
Total Enrolled Non Degree L4-L7 93 117 80 108 99 99
Total Enrolled L1-L3 82 103 92 119 66 89
Total Not Enrolled in Tertiary 246 387 237 357 222 419
Total Total 576 714 539 705 536 739
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.