Subject Combinations for A/L Arts Students

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For GCE Advanced Level examination, you can select three (3) subjects from within four (4) main subject streams namely Arts, Commerce, Biological Science or Physical Science. You also have to sit for General English and Common General Test for their A/L examination, but results of these papers are not considered for University entrance. But those results will also be included in the A/L exam results sheet.

Subjects available for A/L Arts Stream

Art stream is the most popular subject area among the Sri Lankan students. You have more than twenty five (25) subjects in four different subject areas (Social Sciences, Religious and Civilization, Aesthetics and Languages) for the A/L in Art steam.

As an art student you can select subjects from any one of the following areas.

Social Science Subjects

At least one subject from Social Science (Economics, Geography, History (Sri Lankan history and Indian history or European history or World history), Home Economics, Political Sciences, Logic and Scientific method, Accounting or Business Statistics, Agriculture or mathematics, One subject from Technological studies (Civil/Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic and information Technology or Food technology or Agro technology or Bio-Resource Technology), Communication and Mass media, Information and Communicational Technology) you should select. This statement is not valid for those who are following two or three language subjects. If you wish you can select your all three subjects among this Social Science category.

Religious and Civilizational Subjects

Buddhism or Buddhist Civilization, Christianity or Christian Culture, Hinduism or Hindu Civilization, Islam or Islam Civilization and Greek & Roman Civilization are the subjects available in this category. If you select one religious subject from this category, then you cannot select its civilizational subjects. For example, If f you select Buddhism, you cannot select Buddhist civilization

Aesthetic Subjects

Art, Dancing (Sri Lankan or Indian), Music (Oriental Music or Carnatic or Western) and Drama and Theatre (Sinhala, English or Tamil) are the subjects offered in this category. From these aesthetic subjects you can select one or two subjects you prefer.

Language Subjects

The new Educational Reforms have encouraged the students to learn International Languages. Language subjects are offered in three different categories. First as National languages (Sinhala,Tamil,English), Classical Languages (Arabic, Pali, Sanskrit) and Foreign Languages(Chinese, Malay, French, Russian, Hindi, Japanese). You can select one or two language subjects from above list and if you want to study three languages for your A/L, the selection should be as follows.

  • Sinhala,Tamil,English
  • Any three subjects representing National languages and Classical Languages

For example you can select Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit

If you select two language subjects, you will be able to select one subject from Social Sciences /Religious and Civilizational /aesthetic as your third subject. For example you can select English, Japaneese and Electronic and information Technology.

However some subjects may not be available at your school. Having better understanding on available courses in national Universities will be an added advantage for selecting a subject combination. As vast array of subjects are available, you can take up innovative and novel subject combinations in keeping with worldwide trends. For example you can select a combination with Mathematics, IT and Economics.

You may also like to read:

Subject Options for GCE A/L
2013 A/L Tuition classes for students after O/L
Courses you can do after Advanced Level
A/L Syllabuses



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Thilak Chandrathilake


  1. anadhan December 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm - 

    Dear sir
    can i do drama & theatre, history & hindusiam please answer me sir i will be very thankful to you

  2. prabhath sanjeewa December 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm - 

    Dear sir can i do geogrophy, drama and music for a/l next year. I did geogrophy,drama and econ. But i want to do
    Music. I did drama in o\l and i got A for that. But i didnt do music for o\l. Please help me sir.

  3. Fahim October 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm - 

    Sir pleas civil tecnology past peper

  4. HANNAH September 18, 2014 at 11:26 am - 

    Dear sir, where can I find A/L Agro technology syllabus, Teachers’ Instruction Manual and Model papers. Please let me know. Thank you!

  5. Amila Malsha September 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm - 

    Dear sir

    can I do English ,It & Mathematics as my subjects .. I want to know further where I can apply if Im applying private

  6. mifrah August 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm - 

    Dear sir/madame.
    To do advanced level and to get a knowledge about advanced level i want to know some details andkowledge,so please can i have a number to ask about this please
    Thank you

  7. vindya August 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm - 

    Dear Sir,
    I would like to do English, Arabic and communication and mass media as my subjects.I will sit for the exam as a private candidate. So can I select this combination of subjects?and from where I can get tuition for these subjects in kandy.? Please be kind enough to reply me ASAP.
    Thank you..

  8. Hiran August 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm - 

    Hannah – No you cannot mix science, commerce and technology subjects.

  9. Hannah August 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm - 

    Dear sir, can i do biology, home economics and food technology as my subjects? Please reply sir

  10. vidya July 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm - 

    Dear sir . Can i do japanese. Chinese. Languages for the art subjects. Please mail to me how can choose the subjects. Thank u.

  11. shehani anjalee July 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm - 

    Can I do Japanese,French,and media

  12. ZAHRA June 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm - 

    can i get the ISLAM syllabus

  13. venu April 24, 2014 at 7:13 am - 

    Hello. Sir,
    I’m searching A/L Islam (Tamil medium) for 2014 examA/L please help me
    Thank yo show the art stream Tamil and political,

  14. rimzan April 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm - 

    Hello. Sir,
    I’m searching A/L Islam (Tamil medium) tuition class in Colombo area for 2015 A/L please help me
    Thank you.

  15. krishna April 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm - 

    dear sir i am searching a A/L
    commerce ( tamil Medium)
    tuition class in kegalle area for
    2016 A/L

  16. m.r.f irfana March 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm - 

    Please show the art stream Tamil and political, general English paper this term paper thank you

  17. Hiran February 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm - 

    @sandya senarath yapa – For A/L Geography ( English Medium) tuition class in Colombo area for 2016 A/L, Please contact Mr. T Palliyaguru 011 2581512
    Or Contact Sakya, Nugegoda for his contact details.

  18. sandya senarath yapa February 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm - 

    Dear Sir, i am searching a A/L Geography ( English Medium) tuition class in Colombo area for 2016 A/L. Pl. help me.Thanks. Sandya

  19. shantha February 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm - 

    dear sir , i hope to choose language as my stream . can i do french , English lit, and what can I choose as my third subject? in this what subjects has the highest z-core values? this is a kind request.thank you.

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