Student progression to higher level study

This indicator shows the proportion of students in a given year who progress to study at a higher level after completing a qualification at Levels 1-4.

Student progression to higher-level study indicates how tertiary providers help successful students move to higher levels of tertiary education. Progression is more important at lower levels of study. This is because students studying at a foundational level may want to use their skills to progress to a higher level of study.

However, students in many lower level courses, in particular trade certificates, expect to progress to employment, not higher level study.

If a student is studying at bachelor's or postgraduate level, they are less likely to progress to further study. They are more likely to progress to employment. At present it is not possible to measure progression into employment for tertiary providers in a comparable way.

That is why TEC is not publishing information about progression for students above Level 4. These progression rates will vary at each individual tertiary provider, especially because many providers aim to get their students into the workforce, rather than into further learning.

Note: This indicator also includes those students who progress to a higher level of study at a different tertiary provider.

Overall performance

The following tables compare the progression rate by level of qualification and by type of provider between 2011 and 2014.

The rates represent the total number of Student Achievement Component (SAC) and Youth Guarantee (YG) funded students who progress to a higher level of study as a proportion of those who completed a qualification at either Level 1, 2, 3 or 4.

 

Table 1: Rate of SAC-funded student progression to higher level study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification
Level of study Rate
2011
EFTS
delivered
2011
Rate
2012
EFTS
delivered
2012
Rate
2013
EFTS
delivered
2013
Rate
2014
EFTS
delivered
2014
Level 1 29% 2,162 36% 2,462 38% 2,888 50% 3,018
Level 2 34% 15,474 41% 14,679 42% 12,626 45% 10,427
Level 3 31% 23,102 35% 23,081 36% 23,890 34% 23,843
Level 4 28% 27,727 30% 28,207 28% 27,208 28% 26,071

 

Table 2: Rate of SAC-funded student progression at levels 1–4 to higher level study by provider type
Type of tertiary
provider
Rate
2011
EFTS
delivered
2011
Rate
2012
EFTS
delivered
2012
Rate
2013
EFTS
delivered
2013
Rate
2014
EFTS
delivered
2014
Universities 40% 2,318 62% 2,516 49% 2,299 50% 1,995
Institutes of Technology
and Polytechnics
29% 31,268 37% 32,316 36% 29,900 35% 28,829
Wānanga 34% 19,756 35% 20,093 36% 19,573 36% 18,371
Private Training Establishments* 28% 15,110 27% 13,504 28% 14,838 32% 14,164

 

Table 3: Rate of YG-funded student progression to higher level study across all tertiary providers by level of qualification
Level of study Rate
2014
EFTS
delivered
2014
Level 1 51% 2,284
Level 2 37% 4,777
Level 3 31% 2,555

 

Table 4: Rate of YG-funded student progression at levels 1–4 to higher level study by provider type
Type of tertiary provider Rate 2014 EFTS delivered 2014
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics 41% 2,330
Wānanga 39% 568
Private Training Establishments* 39% 6,670
  • Last changed: 4 August 2015
  • Last verified: 4 August 2015