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




  1. Nisansala October 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear sir/madam,
    What are the uses of doing advance level in Japanese ,english,French.what kind of job may I have ? If can I go to the sri Lankan university?

  2. Nisansala October 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm -  Reply


  3. Dulandara Athukorala August 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear sir, I need to become a lawyer.What are the subjects that are essential in A/l to become a lawyer

  4. Gayani prasangi July 23, 2016 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Dear sir, i want to know the courses that i can follow in university if i select sinhala, tamil and media as my a/l subjects…

  5. Ramindu June 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    dear sir , i want to become a lawyer…. but i haven’t a choice which subject i can choose …. i think to do logic , sinhala & ICT … can i enter to the law college doing that subjects ?

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