This report analyses the field of study of domestic students/learners in the New Zealand tertiary education system between 2011 and 2015 for below bachelors degree level and between 2008 and 2015 for bachelors level or higher.
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Our analysis shows that:
- in Level 1 and 2 certificates, there was an increase in the proportion of students/learners in the Mixed field programme field. Changes in the focus of this level of qualification (to give greater emphasis to foundation-level skills) is likely to have driven a change in content
- in Level 3 to 7 certificates/diplomas, the fields of Architecture and building, Society and culture, and Food, hospitality and personal services showed increases in share of students/learners
- at the bachelors or higher level, there was an increase in the proportion of students/learners enrolled in STEM-related subjects
- at the bachelors or higher level, universities had the highest number of students/learners in every field of study
- women were more likely to be studying in fields such as nursing and teaching, while there was a higher proportion of men in areas such as engineering
- Māori and Pasifika were relatively less likely to be enrolled in STEM-related fields at the bachelors or higher level
- overall, the results showed similar trends and patterns to our earlier analysis on the field of study of domestic graduates.